i am planning a trip to the Dominican Republic in mid February and have reserved a villa on the beach for my family of 4 with two children under 6. i was not worried at at, but someone told my sister the D.R. is unsafe. We are pretty adventurous travelers but this is our first Caribbean trip. I guess my only concern is that renting a villa does not offer the 24-hour security the hotels do. Is there really much to worry about? Any advice from Ex-Pats living int he D.R. or other will be appreciated.