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Driving and Public Transportation

Dominican Republic - Driving and Public Transportation

Before embarking in the great adventure that is driving in Dominican Republic, it is advisable to take several days to observe the behavior of the Dominican driver!

When eventually the decision is taken to sit in front of the steering wheel in the country it is a good idea to drive defensively, paying extreme attention, because it is very frequent that a driver gets in our track without previous warning. Many people drive thinking that they always have the preference, so forget about every rule you learnt in the drivers' school, and don't expect people stopping at the 'stop' sign. Here you will have to learn it all again and not necessarily in a book but rather day-to-day observing and having much patience...


The taxi service in the main cities like Santo Domingo, Santiago and others is very efficient since several companies exist that offer this service, unlike other cities where there are very few.

Before taking a taxi it is recommended to ask the tariff to the taxi driver, since many abuse in the price and still more if you are tourist or foreign. Another possibility is to call or request someone to call a taxi company and to ask the tariff by telephone before they send the taxi.

This guide was compiled with the help of Lindsay de Feliz, a British expat blogger living in the Dominican Republic. Visit her blog at yoursaucepans.blogspot.com.

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