Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic
When to go
Tourists flock to the island's beaches and resorts between July and August, so if you want a bit more elbow room on the beach aim to arrive in December or January. Hurricanes can hit the island in August and September, but if you're feeling daring, the latter month can be quiet and balmy.
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PlanesTo reach Santo Domingo and the south of the island, fly to Las Américas International Airport (www.aerodom.com). There are direct flights from most major airports on the US eastern seaboard; from Paris, Madrid, Frankfurt, Munich and Dusseldorf in Europe; and most Caribbean islands. Transatlantic flights arrive via Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and Hartsfield International, or Charles de Gaulle and Punta Cana airports; flights across the Pacific via San Francisco and Newark Liberty, or Portland and Hartsfield airports. If staying in the north, head to El Catey International.