We just had a wonderful stay in this apartment. I came with my 2 sons (age 17, 19), and we had never been to the DR. Everything was as described, and I loved having the first floor veranda looking out on the pool and ocean. It was very quiet during the week, so for me it was heaven to get up early and enjoy reading on the porch while enjoying the view. We had a car, but used it mainly on short trips into town for shopping and dinner. I highly recommend tours as a way to see Isla Saona and Isla Catalina for snorkeling. Everyone we met was friendly and helpful, and this was one of the highlights of our trip. For us it was a little disconcerting to see guards with big guns at the bank, but within a few minutes we were talking away with them and they would be showing us photos of their children! For a trip into Santo Domingo, there is a lot of construction right now in the colonial zone, and we would never have found any parking - best to do a day tour with a guide if you are not familiar with the area. The apartment is very clean, comfortable, nicely decorated, and has everything you need. My one suggestion would be to add a fan in the living room - during the day the breezes made the apartment very comfortable, at night we used the AC in the bedrooms. The beach is very nice ... diving shop right next door. We hope to come back once we have gotten scuba certified to take advantage of that. We tried a different restaurant in town each night, the owner's recommendations were very helpful. All in all, this is a wonderful place to stay!