We have been going to the DR for the past 18 years and of all of the Caribbean Islands this is absolutely the BEST. We have just started going to Bavaro area and up until then I thought El Portillio was heaven on earth now it is a toss up. We went to Carabella Bavaro 2 years ago and it was a perfect vacation. This year we are booked to go to Gran Dominicus and were wondering how it compares to Carabella in terms of food, beach and accomodation. We are taking first time DR'ers with us and want them to enjoy this wonderful country as much as we do. Vive the DR