I'm wondering if either of you, Mountainannie or Matilda, have been to Guayacanes or Juan Dolio recently? I would agree with Caonabo having visited both recently, Juan Dolio several times. Both have a decaying air about them to me, which is a shame with such potential.
No I haven't been back since I left in 2010, although my husband goes back every so often. Juan Dolio was always going to go downhill once you took away the hotels. That meant no tourists, which meant no one working in tourism (there used to be loads of reps, tour operators, gift shops), and meant less bars, and restaurants. The condos are owned in the main by Dominicans from the capital who come for the weekend and don't leave the apartment. As there were less jobs in Juan Dolio that led to less employment for Guayacanes and added to that a mayor of Guayacanes who has done zero for the last 8 years. Too many people sucking any money there is out of the economy. Both have potential but I doubt will ever realise it.