Quick, practical, cheap and popular, albeit a bit dangerous. The motoconcho is the most popular mode of transport in the Dominican Republic. Ideal for errands. Prices vary from 35 to 50 Pesos per passenger and rates go up at night time. According to urban etymology, the word “motoconcho” (moto-con-cho) derives from the following three words: "motorbike" "with" "chauffeur".
Generally minibuses or even pickup trucks do the trick for this cheap transport, very convenient for short journeys and very ethnic. As in Cuba, in the Dominican Republic the term "guagua" means bus and is the most commonly used term. In Puerto Rico and the Canary Islands (Spain) they use the same term. There are several theories as to the origin of the term, the most plausible one for us being that: the first buses to circulate in Cuba were manufactured by the company Wa Wa & Co. Inc. (Washington, Walton and Society, Constituted). The company logo was a red, white and blue hare on the front with the letters "Wa-Wa & Co Inc"; pronounced phonetically it was "gua-gua"!
Ideal for discovering a region such as the Samana Peninsula but to avoid during the rainy season. However, we do advise only experienced bikers rent two-wheeled vehicles. Even if no one will deny you a rental don´t improvise driving. Wearing a helmet is compulsory in the Dominican Republic even if practically no Dominican wears one, except in the capital city. If you are a biker, you are better off bringing your own as it is difficult to find the right helmet at the rental companies.
The car is a handy means of transport for a group of three or four people. The cheapest vehicle costs around $45 per day, and a cheap 4x4 costs about $65. Gasoline is almost as expensive as in Europe: it is served per gallon (3.785 liters) and comes to about $1,20 / liter.
If you fancy a day of adventure you are better off hiring a 4x4 because, once off the main roads, the secondary roads are very bad and almost always end in dirt tracks, some being impassable unless with an all terrain vehicle. Check that it is indeed a real 4x4 and not a 2x4 drive!
Smaller rental companies, even registered ones, are rarely insured for damage to vehicles, so you will have to pay for repairs if necessary. Regardless of who you hire from, check the condition of the car and don´t forget to check for the spare wheel before signing a contract!
A very trendy means of transport especially on the coasts. Rental rates are almost the same as cars. Of course, you go anywhere with a quad, even on the beach, but that is formally out of bounds!