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Driving in the Dominican Republic is safe and secure. The main roads are well-maintained and are patrolled by safety vehicles who are always ready to assists both locals and tourists alike. The north coast of the Dominican Republic is served basically by one road: Highway 5. It runs east and west and most of the time it runs along the Atlantic Ocean. For purposes of this “Driving Times” presentation, the western section of Highway 5 begins at Puerto Plata. From here the road runs through Sosua, Cabarete, Cabrera and Nagua.
Once Highway 5 reaches the base of the Samana Peninsula, it heads east to the tip of the Samana Peninsula and runs through Samana, Punta Balandra and ends at Las Galeras. The base of the Samana Peninsula is the El Catey Samana International Airport which is also accessed by Highway 5. Near this intersection is a new touristic road that runs directly from the airport to Las Terrenas. There is another road that runs directly from Las Terrenas to Samana. There are branches off the main roads that lead to pristine beaches such as Playa Maron, Playa El Valle, and Playa Rincon which is near Las Galeras.
Near the El Catey Samana International Airport, there is a new toll road that runs from the airport south to the Las Americas International Airport at the capital city of Santo Domingo which is on the south coast of the Dominican Republic. Once you reach the ocean on this north-south toll road, you can head east to Casa de Campo and Punta Cana.