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PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC


How to get there: Two flights per week on Sunwing and Air Transat seasonally


Flight duration: 5 hours, 40 mins.


Soak up the sun in the Dominican Republic’s largest resort town, spanning over 40 kilometres of beach along the Coco- nut Coast. Te waters are mostly shallow with several marine pools. Catamarans and snorkelling excursions will uncover the natural treasures found under the ocean and around the island. Visitors can swim with dolphins, sharks or stingrays, go whale watching or explore the nearby small islands of Catalina and Saona. Macao is the surfing hotspot. If you want to discover the backcountry and local heritage buildings, head out along La Altagracia Cultural Route or consider taking a safari-type tour. Adventure tours explore the tropical wilderness and often offer traditional Dominican fare for lunch and a swim at a private beach or river. But if you prefer to be pampered, Punta Cana is well known for its spas, pools and casinos. Tere are kids’ clubs to keep the entire fam- ily busy and at night, visitors have their choice of nightclubs, including Imagine, which features a dance floor in a grotto. Santo Domingo, the capital city is nearby as is the Los Hai- tises National Park, in Samaná, both are worth a visit.


MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA


How to get there: Four flights per week on Air Canada, WestJet and Sunwing seasonally


Flight duration: 5 hours, 15 mins.


In Montego Bay, or as it is affectionately called, Mobay, ev- erything is irie, or cool mon. Te second largest city in Ja- maica, this tourist destination is backed by picturesque low mountains, while the coastland is lined with numerous tourist resorts. Visitors will want to check out Doctor’s Cave Beach Club,


founded in 1906. It’s known for its translucent, high mineral content water and white sand beach. Shoppers and curiosity seekers will be satisfied with a tour of Montego Bay, as they see the contrasting residential areas of Ironshore and continue into downtown for duty-free shop- ping in City Centre and souvenirs and crafts at the Montego Craft Market. You’ll learn about local hero, Samuel Sharpe, whose actions helped bring slavery to an end on the island. Ten visit Richmond Hill to catch a bird’s-eye view of Mon- tego Bay en route to the pier, before heading back to your hotel. For those interested in darker island tales don’t miss out on a tour of the Great House. Located on a large plantation, this was the home of Annie Palmer, known as the white witch of Rose Hall. She has been dead for over a century, but she still stirs up strong feelings of hatred and fear for turning a mag- nificent plantation into a house of carnage. Countless slaves and all three of her husbands met torturous ends at her hands.


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Photo by Ruth Peterkin.


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