My husband and I just returned from our second trip to the DR. We visited Barahona and stayed outside of town near Playa Quemito in a small hotel called the Casa Blanca. It is operated by a Swiss woman who is a wonderful chef and will prepare whatever you request. The rooms do not have air conditioning but this wasnít really necessary even in late July. They also donít have hot water and even though, that is normally a necessity for me, it was fine this time of year. The hotel is not for those who arenít used to traveling independently, but if you are adventuresome, I can highly recommend it.