A feast of colour, it's evident that the Dominican Republic is influenced by its closest neighbours, Cuba and Puerto Rico. With a distinct Latin flavour, the coast of this Caribbean island is awash with postcard-perfect sceneries, from white sand beaches to jutting mountains and thick rainforests further inland.
In the north is Puerto Plata, a traditional Dominican town where there's a rum factory, an old quarter with colourful painted wooden buildings, and a cable car which goes all the way to the top of Mount Isabel del Torres. If you're wanting a vibrant Caribbean beach break, Puerto Plata is perfect.
Punta Cana, on the island's eastern edge, is a popular choice with holidaymakers. Known as the 'Coconut Coast', the region has more than 50 miles of coast running from Bavaro to Uvero Alto, most of which is backed by nut-bearing palm trees.