It's certainly easier to get around the area if you have your own transportation. Just remember that some places are only reachable with a four-wheel-drive vehicle, which can be very expensive in these parts. You could take the bus out of Santo Domingo and make a reservation with Francis Rent a Car, in Jarabacoa. Have them pick you up at the bus station. This way you can avoid driving in the capital, with its unnerving traffic and reckless drivers.
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