Punta Cana, on the Dominican Republic’s eastern tip, is an upscale resort that boasts the island’s best beaches and turquoise lagoons. How about a scuba dive among sunken freighter ships? Hundreds of all-inclusive resorts and hotels dot the coastline, developments driven by a reliably sunny climate and a 20-mile stretch of soft, white sand that ranks among the Caribbean’s finest beaches.
Mama Juana is the unofficial national drink in the Dominican Republic, made of rum, red wine and honey in a bottle with tree bark and herbs.
The small Colonial centre, Higüey, is mostly plazas filled with restaurants, bars and casinos – but championship golf courses like Punta Espada make the most of the ocean-hugging contours, and the manicured greens draw keen golfers from all over the world. Key attractions include the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park – with 500 plant species on trails snaking along natural lagoons – and Fun Fun Cave, home to a long river and 3,000 year-old murals left by the Taino Indians.