We're wondering what people's experiences have been with renting cars for driving in the Dominican. From what we've read here and elsewhere (dominicantaxi.com), a taxi from Santiago to the Samana peninsula (specifically Las Terrenas) would cost between $100 and $150 each way.
A rental car is comparable in price, but we have a hunch it may be more of a hassle than its worth, and we've heard that road conditions and road signs are less than ideal.
We'll be heading there this coming mid-March (2005).
Best regards, Mike from Boston