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we are going to Bayahibe next week and are getting a rental car at the airport at Santo Domingo.(Didn't know about new highway from PC till after booked plane tickets) Any tips about getting around. We are staying at the Catalonia for two weeks and would like to see as much of the country as possible.

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1. Re: driving?

From Santo Domingo airport go right, take highway #3 east towards San Pedro de Macorice and La Romana. Before you get to La Romana city you will see Shell gas station and Burger King on your left. As soon as you see it, try to stay in the right lane and on the first lights go right (you will see sign Casa de Campo / Higuey, road # 3 and 4). Continue on the main road, after about 5 minutes you will have Jumbo supermarket on the right, just keep on going towards La Romana Airport and Higuey. About 5 minutes later you will enter the new highway, drive another 5 minutes and take off the highway when you see the sign Bayahibe. Continue driving downhill for the next 6 miles, at the bottom of the hill is a Y shape intersection, keep going straight until you pass the Casino on you left and shortly after you will see Catalonia entrance on your right.

To explore the country you would have to stay longer then two weeks :) To get to the north coast takes about 5 hours drive, so it's not a day trip for sure, you can go east to see Punta Cana / Bavaro area, see El Macao beach or head back to Santo Domingo to see the capital city. For a short trip go to Boca de Yuma - the best sea food we had around:)

Happy travel

Denise

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Thank you Denise, we were in Puerto Plata 4 years ago and had a wonderful trip so are looking forward to seeing more of the Dominican. When we travel we usually rent a car and are planning to do so this time. Have read alot of dire warnings about driving there. Don't really know if it could be all that bad.Please let me know what your advise would be.

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I always suggest - don't drive at night if you don't have to. Some roads are not in the best conditions, lots of holes that you won't see at night. Go through intersection with caution even if you have green light, many drivers here, specially on motorbikes, ignore that.

But would say the driving is getting better, comparing to 7 years ago when we came :) If you have more questions you can email me at denise@discoverbayahibe.com

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4. Re: driving?

driving through la romana was a nightmare. hundreds and hundreds of people on cheap motorbikes without helmets going in all directions. Despite the anarchy, If you stay calm and go with the flow you'll be fine.

Edited: 02 January 2013, 22:11
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5. Re: driving?

Driving through La Romana is a challenge :)

That's why I suggested to take the bypass to get away from all the crazy traffic in the city.

Just watch for the bikes (motorcycles), no matter what, it will be your fault if there is an accident. Make sure you have a good insurance.

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Gas stations here are not self service. Tell the attendant you want "regular" or he will fill you up with "premium" which is more expensive. "Lleno por favor" (pronounced "yeno por favor") means fill the tank up. Always make sure he zeros the counter before he fills your tank.

Happy exploring!

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7. Re: driving?

Thanks for the tips, we can't wait to get there again.

Kenny

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