Samana, Was there this November and 1 1/2 years ago. Just building up for trade with shops and an open market. Market is okay if you like trinkets. 1 1/2 years ago got this fantastic cab driver, took us to beach and stayed with us the whole time. He told us he was our driver, interpretor, went with you to purchase beer and told them what we would pay, he also said he was our bodyguard. Samana is still not the best place to go, every estate you passed there where guards with rifles on their shoulders at the entrances. If you go our cab driver was, Ferman (not sure of spelling), he has an firstname.lastname@example.org could email to see if he is still there. Tortola is nice, they have a nice spice shop, did not go to beach.