Well ......we completely forgot to update about our experience last year and the Punta Cana topless climate. Yikes! Sorry to be THOSE people!!!
We were there the first week and a half of May 2016. My conclusion?
Not wearing a thong bottom of some kind meant you were waaaaaaay in the minority. T-backs, triangle-backs, super cheekies, or just plain really cheeky was about all there was. Only a handful of "diaper-bottoms" as my friend calls them (lol) ......even on the bigger ladies.
Topless was different. Not super-duper common I suppose, but based on many reviews I've read, I guess it just must depend on the particular week and the particular clientele and where they're from. During our particular stay, I was one of at least four or five ladies in bottoms only at any given time at the beach for our specific resort (Bahia Bavaro).
When we walked the beach? I'd say on average there were maybe two or three women laying out sunning in bottoms only at just about every resort we passed.
Walking the beach topless? Wasn't quite as commmon as sunning, although common enough that I didn't feel a spectacle when I did. But on pretty much every beach walk we took (we walk beaches for at least an hour a couple times daily on our holidays), we did pass probably three or four women walking along ever so nonchalantly in just their bottoms (ages from mid-twenties to I'd say early fifties, sometimes alone, sometimes two together, and sometimes with their lucky fellow). No lewd, crude, or offensive behaviour. Just super casual-like........ the way it should be . And many times during our walks there were women up and out for a dip to cool off in just their bottoms also. Even noticed the odd mom knelt in the sand near the water playing with her children without concern for a top.
Oh........... yes there were "no topless" signs posted by the pools. But our room overlooked the Bavaro pool at the centre of the resort and there was a lady out sunning almost every morning with a glass in one hand, a cigarette in the other.......... and yep, her top draped over the lounger. And while I do disagree with flat-out ignoring a posted sign in lieu of personal beliefs (aka blatant disrespect), nobody cared one little bit even when the pool got a bit busier as lunch time approached.
Agree or disagree, I do have to say though, that with so much violent and horror-type imagery on the rise and being publicly accepted these days, and with sexual body shaming and celebrated lewdness at an all-time high (in my opinion.......I happen to have a teen daughter), it was very refreshing to see such healthy and non-discriminatory body attitudes from even younger generations.......both partaking and witnessing......from both the fellas and ladies.
Anyway, we're booked and heading back for May again this year.