We have just returned from a wonderful month at Cotorra Azul. The condo is well stocked and in a beautiful small complex of 12. Lovely grounds and huge swimming pool. Go out of the gate and you are immersed in the life of the town. It is a one way street and full of scooters and motor cycles. Seems that is the preferred method of transportatio0n for the locals. Motorcycles will slow down looking to give you a ride. I gather the going rate is 50 pesos($1.50 Cad). I, as a senior was never brave enough to take up the offer!!!
The beaches are a short walk away and beautiful. Because the Peninsula is mountainous the coast line really is quite spectacular.
Interestingly this little town is the playground of the French and Germans. As you walk the endless beach it is rare to hear English. That said we had no problem having really no Spanish and found the Dominicans very honest. Not once were we taken advantage of.
We took a couple of tours with Flora Tours who do have English speaking guides. The whale watching was spectacular. Be advised they do not take credit cards. The best way to pay is with U.S. dollars.
Marisol is a wonderful person to deal with. Immediate response to any queries both before and during our stay. She even arranged for Tony(taxi driver) to pick us up and return us to the airport. He also took us to the next beach and returned to pick us up. Always prompt and pleasant.
So if you want to really experience R.D. this is a wonderful place to do it. So much more authentic than all exclusives.