A pearl in the Caribbean, the Dominican republic has an amazing range of beaches to drive to that stretch up it's lovely coastline, and nothing could be better than just packing up your snorkel and sun cream and heading up to find yourself a secluded and lovely spot. However, for the more curious, there's plenty to see in the Dominican Republic, further in land too. Try a drive to see the cigar factory, or take a trip to the 'Amber Museum', which is housed in a great Neo-classical style building. Or perhaps a ramble over the old, 'San Felipe Fort' and it's small museum would be just the thing before a lovely sunset dinner of the local cuisine, which is a lively mix of Spanish, African and native Taino cooking. Try 'Casabe' a bread made with the flour of the Yuka plant, or dishes made with cornmeal and plantain for something different and tasty.