Thanks to some geographic good luck, hurricanes veer away from the DR’s North Coast.
Hurricanes crave warm water. Thankfully, the cool air that comes off the mountains just inland from the coast pushes hurricanes away. Just as importantly, there are strong currents and pressure systems between the DR and Puerto Rico, which also move weather systems north.
(If you’d like more info, see this informative article at Natura Cabana.)
Hurricanes Irma and Maria both took this route and so the North Coast only caught the edge of each storm.
In addition, the reef off Cabarete beach is a natural barrier to storm surges. Below is a picture of Cabarete beach on September 10th, 2017, the day after Irma passed.