I am treating my sister to a 11 night trip to any place she wants to go in celebration of her 50th b-day in April, 2012. Dominican Republic is on the list but I don't know enough about it to know even where on the island to start looking for accommodations that would meet our needs.
We are still very much fun loving, so we need some mixed-age late night nightlife nearby, and we love live music and dancing. We prefer to be very close or on a beach, preferably NOT with howling winds and too much current/chop to swim. I don't think a hotel will work as we need 2 separate bedrooms but really prefer to stay in the same unit. And I don't think I want to do all inclusive (not sure), but I DO want us to get spoiled plenty! We love to enjoy local hangouts that are safe and fun. We love to eat at local, family run restaurants if at all possible, and we love to bargain shop. We are looking forward to sea-kayaking and a hike or two. Any advice would be appreciated!