I actually went in March 2010, for a week with 3 girlfriends. The place was clean, the grounds were well-kept and there was lots of lush trees and plants growing everywhere. Really nice, relaxing environment. The pool was very nice, although we spent most of our time on the beach, which was right across the street. We bought fresh fruit and veggies from a produce stand right in front of the place every morning. There's also a bakery across the street, and plenty of authentic restaurants and bars. The nightlife was surprisingly active for such a small beach town, and there was always plenty to do.
There are some street vendors and locals trying to make a living, so don't be surprised if you have regular faces asking you to come in and see their shops every day. But they are harmless, and my 3 friends and I all felt very safe as young American women traveling.
There's a couple of grocery stores close by and are easy to get to if you've rented a car or a moped. Everything was pretty cheap in terms of food, whether you ate out or in.
It would be helpful to have a Spanish speaker in your party, but not necessary. There are lots of Canadian and European travelers there, and it's one of the top kite surfing destinations so it's great to walk down the beach and see the surfers.
If you don't need a fancy luxury resort and want to get a true sense of the local culture, this is a great place to do it. I will definitely come back to Cita del Sol on my next visit to Domincan.
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