The Dominican Republic is a CHEAP Caribbean Vacation for sure, and therefore a popular Destination.
DR offers many All-Inclusive Resorts… these types of holidays are most popular in Caribbean Islands where there are “issues” that otherwise cause Tourists not to frequent them / travel on their own.
And the Dominican Republic is no exception… as the DR is a Caribbean Island that suffers from a myriad of Political, Social, and Economic issues (common where AIs are the norm) … but the DR also has Environmental and Health issues as well.
In reality, the DR is a 3rd World Country… sharing the Island of Hispaniola with Haiti, one of the poorest countries on the planet.
So I encourage you to do your research BEFORE you book your holiday.
Travellers should consult their own Government to determine what their country sees to be issues for their citizens when travelling… known as Travel Advisories… for the US this is the US State Department for Canada it is Foreign Affairs Canada (other Countries will have their own resources)
In my estimation, the only SAFE way to experience the DR, is at an All Inclusive Resort… and staying at the Resort, not travelling elsewhere on one’s own…
Crime is HUGE in DR… and this a major spot where the Columbian Drug Trade has a foothold
If that is the type of Holiday you envision (a Paradise enclosed behind a wall… and in some locations with armed guards) then I say go for it.
BUT if you are the type of person who likes to explore on vacation, or are highly sensitive / conscious as to the plight of others, then this might not be the best destination for you.
The sad reality is… the DR has issues that need money to solve… and so the Tourist Dollars are needed… but it isn’t all that safe for a Tourist to be there, so AIs are the only solution, and how the country can find a way to separate day to day “the issues” from the Visitor. Mr TTR & I don’t like either the reality or the experience of being a Tourist there, so we choose not to visit again.
I’d rather give my money to an Aid Organization who is working on the WHOLE country, vs an AI which is maintaining this “Disney like” atmosphere, and only truly helping out a few citizens.
All that said, I will say they do have stunning beaches… anyone who has been will tell you some of the most beautiful in the whole of the Caribbean.
BUT is the price paid (or not paid, in that the Destination is so cheap) worth it… well only you can decide that.
Hope this helps,