During our stay around Samana in the Dominican Republic we took a boat trip to Bacardi Island. The real name of the island is actually Cayo Levantado, but it got to fame from a couple of commercials shot for Bacardi, the drink. Because we were there off season, we had the entire island pretty much to ourselves (guess that won't be the case nowadays). The beach was as white as can be. The sand was soft and we found sufficient shade under one of the many palm trees. Swimming in the ocean was wonderful but I expected it to be more shallow.
Points of interest
Take a boat ride from Samana to enjoy this beautiful island.