I have friends whose 47' sailboat went aground in Samana in 2006 while waiting to cross the Mona.
They had to fend off looters, were pulled off by a whale sightseeing boat and then charged 10k by the capitaine and forced to pay before despacho was issued.
They do not have happy memories of the people or the corruption.
As I've said...many people are quite happy in the DR. In my experience I know of no place in the Eastern Caribe that gets equally poor reviews
from so many. Read the opinions fullafrisky and make up your own mind if this sounds like your kind of place.