Hi Scoopy7.I hope my review was helpful.We did not make it to Cayo Laventado,to much to enjoy at El Portillo,Miles of beach. We were going to take a day trip to Samana but decided against it.Our A/T rep Robert said there was not much to offer there,and it's kind of a running joke because people from Samana are reffered to the Las Terranas area for nice beach and shopping. It will cost you $80 dollars u.s for a taxi return. The weather was beautiful every day 30-32 degrees every day and no rain. Enjoy your vacation!!!