The Dominican Republic sees hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, attracted by it's tropical climate and idyllic beaches. But sometimes it is the tourists themselves who provide the entertainment, as Tommy Trenchard discovers on a visit to Santo Domingo.
Have you ever been tempted by an all-inclusive vacation package but afraid you'd lose your independent traveler cred if you went on a trip like that? This article by JoAnna Haugen may help you see that while there are some drawbacks to vacation packages, there are some serious perks, too - even for indie travelers.
Most flee to the Caribbean in search of sandy beaches and sunny skies, however Mark Johanson heads straight into the cloud covered volcanic peaks and through the Valley of Desolation for a steam bath on the shore of Dominica's Boiling Lake.
"Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" spokesman Robin Leach has nothing on budget jetsetter John M. Edwards. A West Indies "old hand" - one who can't sail, surf, or fish - still says Montserrat can't be beat for atmo - if you don't mind destruction and destitution in the wake of a deadly volcanic eruption.