Well we just got back from a great Dominican holiday!
We landed in punts Cana, rented a car and drove the 1.5 hrs to Juan dolio. Really great drive. Driving the DR is no different than any other major highway - if you've driven the autobahn then you're right on target here. Small town driving is a whole new ball game; honestly, you can't be cautious, just drive like you're in traffic on the DVP or the jersy turnpike.
The condo - amazing! Just wonderful! It's was so much bigger than we thought it's literally 20 meters to the beach. We really cannot fault a single thing! Security is tight, which is good but really every local wmeet was super great. Most want to sell you something - that can be expensive but you can negotiate with them - plus it's their livelihood so pony up once or twice.
We took our Kia for a spin to San Pedro to the Jumbo (like walmart) for groceries and supplies, 10 min away; Boca Chica 20 min away for the beaches and the ole super market (it's fancy, like lawblaws) but the meat was great quality!
We drove to santo Domingo - no different than New York or Toronto, except you need to be super aggressive - I used lots of arm waving and and thank you hand gestures. I've also driven in Beijing and Tokyo, it's comparable.
The beach was super great - it's man made and a bit choppy but it's well done and lovely to lay in a beach bed and listen to the waves drinking a 2 litre bottle of beer. We were 3 people, the beach, maximum 8 people - it was so quiet and wonderful!
We will be here again but for 2 maybe 3 weeks.