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.