Taking up the eastern two thirds of the island of Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic is rightly famous for its beautiful beaches and its upscale all-inclusive resorts, including Punta Cana. Yet it would be a shame to settle for just sun and sea during a stay in the Dominican Republic. This dream destination is home to many natural wonders in its 17 national parks. From the salty Lake Enriquillo (the lowest point in the Caribbean measuring 44 metres below sea) to Pico Duarte, the highest point in the Caribbean at 3175 metres, the Dominican Republic is a paradise for ecotourism; with lakes, rainforests, waterfalls, caves and mangroves, not forgetting the whales that cross the Samana region from January to March. A stay in the Dominican Republic is also a rich cultural experience. Santo Domingo, the Dominican capital, is heir to the colonial past of the first New World city, also classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Add the joie de vivre of the people and rum, you get a destination of endless possibilities!