I am in Cabarete and here is my 2 cents on coming down.
Best place to fly to is Puerto Plata. American Airlines flies there.
Cheapest is Santiago by Jet Blue from JFK in NY. but it is a 2hr and $60USD cab ride to Cabarete.
Places to stay well im biased here because I run and live at http://www.kitelounge.com
I have 6 bedrooms on kitebeach. All rooms have ocean view. We have free wireless, pool, compressor and shared kitchen with a cooking club.
Rates are $150USD a week or $350 a month from now till Dec 15th
Anyone with questions feel free to contact me.