What to see in Santiago with a Rent a Car
This sprawling city, also known by the name of Saint James of the 30 Knights, is often overlooked by most of the travellers. Rum, cocoa, coffee and tobacco are the highlight of this old Spanish settlement. To experience an authentic Dominican Republic life, take a road trip in your car rental to one of the sugarcane or tobacco plantations found in Cibao Valley. To learn more about the traditions and the Dominican Republic's famous cigar brands, then the Cigar Museum and the Tomas Morel Folklore Museum are worth a visit. Park your rental car near Calle Del Sol, serve a sancocho at El Pez Dorado restaurant and go shopping. Hunt down the bargains at the artisan shops, buy a larimar, a semi-precious stone unique to the Dominican Republic and dance Merengue with the locals. The car hire can take you anywhere; however, a trip back in time would be more suitable in a horse-drawn carriage. The must see are the Centro de Recreo and the Cathedral, Victorian and Spanish style-built landmarks. Perched on the top of a hill and overlooking the city, the Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration is the spot to enjoy a panoramic view.