Thinking of a having a rum cocktail and cigar with a gentle breeze in the background? Head to Santiago de Los Caballeros! Santiago de los Caballeros is a city located near the northern side of the Dominican Republic. With lush rainforests, rich culture, beautiful beaches, and amazing food, it's not surprising that people love coming her for a little R&R. Skyscanner makes it easy for travellers to find the hotel room and rental car of their choice in this tropical paradise.
Arriving in Santiago and Car Rental Options
Many travellers will arrive to Santiago via Cibao International Airport. Several car rental agencies are located inside including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europcar, Honda, National, and a few others. These and other car rental companies also have locations closer to the city centre. Most of the airports in the Dominican Republic, like those in Punta Cana and Santo Domingo, also have car rental counters.
Driving Around Santiago de Los Caballeros
Having a car in Santiago is the best option for tourists who are seeking to move about at will and chart their own adventure. Normal rules apply, like wearing a seatbelt and not texting while driving. Unwritten rules include yielding to larger vehicles even when making a left turn. Visitors should note that driving in the Dominican Republic can be dangerous, and the accident rate is very high. Parking is generally easy to come by in Santiago, and most hotels offer free parking. Travellers should be extra-vigilant while driving, especially at night.
Things to Do in Santiago de Los Caballeros
There are an abundance of things to do and see in Santiago de Los Caballeros, the Dominican Republic's second-largest city. Tourists can see the famous marble Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration, dedicated to the heroes of the Dominican Restoration War, when the country reestablished its independence from Spain. Centro León is a modern museum where visitors can marvel at art and architecture and learn how Dominican art has evolved over the centuries. There are also an aviary and a gift shop.
Visitors can enjoy authentic and affordable Dominican dishes al fresco at El Carrito de Marchena or awesome Italian cuisine at local staple Il Pasticcio. Looking for a romantic meal? Then check out Camp David, a higher-end hotel that sits atop a mountain and overlooks the city. Its restaurant specializes in fusion cuisine. Catch live music and DJs at Dao el Pascal, a Caribbean tapas joint, or puff on a cigar at the classy, female-owned cigar lounge Las 3 Reinas.
A stroll around downtown will give visitors a chance to see the gothic and neoclassical splendor of Cathedral of St. James the Apostle near Duarte Park. For travellers who want to relax on a white sand beach while catching some rays, the peaceful Playa Grande is just a three-hour car ride away.
Santiago de Los Caballeros is a wonderful place to visit. Download Skyscanner's app and prepare to relax, sip on a rum cocktail, and let life's troubles fade away.