However, statistics show that you are more likely to be killed in a US murder than die of unnatural causes in the Dominican Republic.
Here's a glimpse at how many American tourists have died unnaturally in the tropical hotspot and how that compares to other popular Caribbean destinations.
In 2015 30 Americans died of unnatural causes in the Dominican Republic . This number dropped to 18 in 2016; until 17 in 2017; and to 13 in 2018 .
In other words, the probability of a US visitor dying unnaturally in the Dominican Republic in 2017 was 0.82 per 100,000. This likelihood declined last year to 0.58 unnatural deaths per 100,000 American visitors .
Unnatural deaths such as drowning, homicides, and vehicle accidents
The main cause of unnatural American deaths in the Dominican Republic is motor vehicle accidents, according to US State Department statistics from 2014 to 2018.
] In these five years 33 Americans died in motor vehicle accidents ; 25 Americans drowned; 20 were killed in murders; and nine died by suicide.
The US State Department record contains no deaths from Americans due to natural causes such as heart attacks.
The US has a much higher murder rate.
The likelihood that an American will die from murder in the Dominican Republic – 0.19 per 100,000 in 2017 – is far lower than the likelihood of being killed in a home homicide become.