I will not recommend you anyone in particular.
I really dont trust anyone regarding real state in this country, (although I havent met Maria&Todd), so I will simply tell you something about living and investing in Punta Cana.
FIRST, and MOST IMPORTANT: NEVER BELIEVE anything anyone tells you. ONLY BELIEVE whats on legal papers. Everything you are promised, everything you are told you have right to, ask for it in writing and get it notorised.
In this country, everywhere you go for investmnet (Im I have investede in several areas of the country incluing Punta cana), youll find extremelly efficient people, nice and friendly, that will tell you all about how wonderfull and what a great opportunity ypu are about to buy.
Then, AFTER YOU SINGN, they simply dissapear and you have to find how to deal with the problesm that, believe me, you will find.
SECOND: 90% (at least) land and real state in the bavaro/Punta cana area have some sort of title problems. MAKE SURE the place you are about to purchase is "legal-problem-free".
THREE: there are more lawyers in this country than mosquitoes... dont trust the first you find, or is recommended to you. Before you settle for a layer, INVESTIGATE about its activities and try to contact people that have worked with him/her, and ask for references. Alos....make suer to get a quote in writing.... or youll end up paying three-foiur times more.
About where to invest? its very important to determine WHAT are you investing for.
1)Is it your you to live? Proyects sucha as Cocotal are great, but thjey are away from the beach and you defenetellly need a car to move around the area
2)is it for you to rent out? (short period) Buy somewhere along the coastline. Its a fact that 99% of short time renters seek for properties close to the beach, within walk distance
3)Is is for long time rentals? beach line is not neccesary. Most people living at bavaro/punta cana on rental own a car and dont mind not living at beatchfront proyects. Cheaper rentals are more important for them
4) Is it for re-selling? my opinion is to stay away from proyects like Cocotal and White Sands, where there are hundreds of properties selling, (and not selling so good...)
Welcome to paradise "neirbour"! ;-)
Edited: 6:39 pm, February 09, 2012