Dominican Republic, Paradise Island
Paradise Island is one of the many excursions you can enjoy while visiting the north coast of Dominican Republic. The day begins with being driven out to a beach near Monti Cristi and dropped off. From there you are taken by speed boat to Paradise Island. Paradise Island is a sand bar about two miles off the coast that is surrounded by crystal clear water, perfect white sand, and excellent snorkeling reefs. On the island there are a few huts to put your things in and the locals provide some pineapple and coconut to snack on. After a few hours of island bliss, you are whisked back to shore, but not before being taken through a some gorgeously tangled mangrove trees half submerged in the sea. After an awesome Dominican lunch (included) in a local restaurant, you are then taken to a cigar factory to watch some dudes hand roll cigars made from tobacco grown right in their own backyard. After buying a pack of 10 vanilla flavored cigars and maybe a bottle of "mamajuana" (the local drink said to make you a real Casanova in the bedroom) it's back to wherever you came from. The best part: it only costs $60. If you're ever on the north coast of Dominican Republic, do it. Seriously, do it.