There are some areas that are safe, and others that are not so safe.
There are friendly outdoor cafe's:
The neighborhoods are quaint and charming:
However, there is crime in the Dominican Replublic and you must be
careful to choose a licensed taxi cab driver who has a concealed handgun
that is loaded, and a driver who is ready to fire it.
Some cab driver have a handgun for threatening, but bullets are
expensive. Also ask to see the handgun permit, and inspect the
pistol to ensure that it is full loaded.
Here is a handgun carry license from the Dominican Republic:
Next, you must access if the taxi cab driver has the Moxie to use a
handgun in case you are attacked.
This fellow (Alex Guzman) was a great cab driver in Santo Domingo,
Dominican Republic and he was friendly and kept us safe.
We checked, and and he carries a .38 revolver handgun with a full
load of hollow-point bullets: