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The best and commonly used hitching spots are bus stations. They are directly at the side of the road and often in the shadow of some palm trees or buildings. There are these kind of perfect spots all over the country. The buses who are passing by and shouting out their destination, tell you if you stand at the right road. And if you are unlucky hitchhiking, you can still take the next bus. In the middle of the day, its possible to wait longer, as less people are driving long distance when it´s really hot, and as it´s also not too comfortable waiting in the sun (at least in the hot season), morning or evening hitchs are recommendable.
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Hitchhiking in the Dominican Republic is - like in many countries in the [[Caribbean]] - farely common and especially in the evening if people finished work, you can see a lot of people waiting for a lift on the side of the road. They gather at bus stations. Sometimes they stick out their thumb, but usually they are just standing there as people know what they are waiting for anyway. As there are no bus schedules, a lot of (but not all) people also hitchhike as long as the next bus to their destination might comes by - and also stopps for them. Kinda everybody hitched once and enough people who have space pick up hitchhikers. As a white person you get lifts very fast, locals can wait longer, but the atmosphere is nice, that hitchhiking is just a normal thing to do. Not so common like in Cuba, but easier as more people have their own, empty car... There are a lot of pickups.
most important word to know is "una vola" which means a ride in dominican spanish and makes clear what you want, as many people want to help you finding a bus.
== Sleeping ==
Dominicans are very friendly and hospitable people and they´ll probably invite you by times.
There are a lot of private beaches and areas you can't enter next to the sea, so it's hard to find a nice spot to sleep/camp there, but possible. In the countryside nobody will have something against you camping on their field
except that they might invite you, and as a white person or obvious traveller anyway, you usually don't get problems with the police.
It seems hostels and guest houses are relatively expensive, in Punta Cana a girl recommended me a cheap hostel and it was 20 USD per night.