I am soliciting recommendations as a woman traveling alone. Is Hotel Palacio a safe bet? While cost is important, I prefer atmosphere and security to a cheap dump, and would prefer to stay in the Zona Colonial or Malecon. If it's relevant, I do speak some Spanish. I would like to get a true sense of the town, and not deal with chain anythings. Also, I love to dance, but don't want to give the wrong impression going out alone at night. Is that possible? Or is there a place I can readily meet other travellers or unassuming locals? Finally, would you recommend Boca Chica as a day trip to the beach, and would I get a hard time (as a woman) renting/riding a motorcycle there or to Puerto Plata and/or is it iffy theft-wise? I am a good driver and have had some experience with bikes. Thanks in advance for all your help. I have read the archives postings to other women travelling there alone, and am very excited to be visiting DR for the 1st time.