I'm more interested in replies to this post from people who have actually rented cars, rather than those who have not. After searching this forum, the few posts I could find (though several years old) from people who actually have rented cars have stated it is no worse than many other foreign countries....and though I've never been to DR before, I have rented cars in at least a dozen different countries..so:
-Any places interesting to explore within about a 2 hour drive from Bavaro? hidden beaches are OK, but mountains, villages, and local culture almost preferred.
- Does the new(?) toll road make the drive to Santo Domingo much quicker? If so, how long a journey?
- general and recent driving experiences from people who have actually done it?