I was sorry to hear about your bad experience at Luperon. My experience was completely different and I found the people there wonderful. I did not have any contact with the Navy though, dealing directly with the local "commondante'', who is usually lord and master in those small towns. Luperon is one of the most popular cruising ports in the D.R. because it is so cruiser friendly. There is a marina there that is completely dependent on the cruisers and Bruce Van Sant (sp) makes his home there.