Truly a developing country, but seems to be on the right track.
A busy city, not too large, and not too hard for an American to drive his rental car around town. Just keep your eyes open all the time, because the traffic rules are mere suggestions. Santo Domingo and San Pedro are connected by a 4 lane freeway not unlike America's freeways.
We arrived at our hotel pretty late, about 8PM, and the parking lot is gated, and the security guard spoke no english, so I was glad to have a local with us who could explain and get us into our rooms.
Ate at a buffet style cafe in a small shopping mall. All very clean.
Visited a tile store which featured beautiful tile selections as well as all kinds of plumbing fixtures. Very nice store.
After visiting Haiti the year before I was struck by the difference between the two countries. Haiti has no infrastructure, and virtually no economy but what people can sell in the street stalls. In contrast, DR is quite developed, though still a third world country. There is even a McDonalds in San Pedro.