I think someone was trying to decide on a vacation a few weeks ago, and everyone was so helpful, I thought I would beg you guys for help: A girlfriend and I want a few days of fun in the sun, chilling on a beach, maybe seeing a sight or two if time permits. We basically have 4 days over the July 4 weekend. I think we have it narrowed down to Bahamas or Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. But that's where I'm stuck - there are so many hotels/resorts to pick from, that I'm sort of frozen with indecision and fear of screwing this up! What if I end up picking some roach or mold-infested place? So I ask? 1) Which island is better - more entertaining, better bang for our buck? I really don't know that much about either island, although Bahamas seems to get more tourist traffic. 2) Anyone have recommendations on a hotel, or a particular part of the island we should stay in (or stay away from)? My friend is a member of some travel/timeshare club, which has "excess inventory" rooms at Hacienda Resorts in DR. I don't really trust timeshare companies - the company had contacted my friend telling her that she won a free cruise, but she could only claim it if she listed to some timeshare presentation, and before she knew it she ended up with a timeshare and no cruise, due to their 7 trillion stipulations. Nevertheless, I'm happy to go there if it's clean and nice... 3) Is there anything else I should keep in mind? I don't know why planning trips freaks me out but it does... Any suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated!