Just returned from Paradise and stopped there. Everyone who took a ship excursion was pleased -- without exception, best I could tell. We did the Altos de Chavon Village and Riverboat Tour. The riverboat tour just lapped down the river and back, very relaxing, rum offered. Then we rode up to Altos de Chavon, an artist's village built by a prince as a gift for his lover. It's built on a bluff, which overlooks a golf course, the rain forest, and the river. Lovely village with many photo ops, and great shops. A wonderful afternoon.
Other friends took the Catalina Island Beach Break and loved it. Other friends took the Saona Beach Excursion, and said it was the best excursion they had done all week.