Why I ain't Gonna Bump No Mo' in the Dominican Republic.

Until you do right by me, everything you think about is going to crumble...

Celie in The Color Purple

Don't you just hate to kick a country when it's down?

Me neither. At least not in this instance.

A decade before the recent tragic, unexplained deaths of tourists had people crossing the Dominican Republic off its list of vacation destinations, I'd already vowed to never again sink my toes into the country's velvety white sands.