- Panama CanalCalle 5a Este, Panamarecommended Panama CanalAmazing human feat and engineering wonder. This narrow canal with its series of water locks connects two vast oceans and thus connecting the world. Commerce and nautical trading logistics are forever ... read morechanged for the better. The canals impact to our world is immeasurable.Mel S Wong
Hi Margot, you MUST visit the Panama Canal! there are currently 3 locks, the Miraflores one is the tourist one where you can see the ships traverse. can easily spend a half day here just exploring the tourist center and watching the ships go by!
- Dolphin ExplorerPunta Cana, Dominican Republicrecommended Dolphin ExplorerI'd never swam with dolphins, and wasn't quite sure what to expect. I was worried it'd seem like a zoo, and they'd be stuck in small unhappy enclosures. But, man, I'd love to be a dolphin here. I ... read morecan't even begin to describe how fun this is. First, the location is beyond gorgeous -- white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees, the whole works. You watch a video of what you're about to do (how to stick your legs out straight when the dolphins push you up into the 'Superman' pose, etc) and then walk out into the dolphin area. We were in the water for over an hour with the dolphins, doing tricks with them, petting them and having our photos snapped. The tricks were a lot of fun, but I think I liked just petting their ... um, bellies (?) the most. I wish we'd known about this beforehand, but you can book a two- or four-hour ride on a catamaran out to a snorkeling area. They run them twice a day, I think, and they sounded like great fun.Alex
This was really, really fun.
- Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana Boulevard Turístico del Este Km. 28 No.74 Macao Higüey Punta Cana, Macao, Dominican Republicrecommended Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta CanaI didn't think I'd ever want to go to an all-inclusive, but now I look at all-inclusive vacations in a whole new light. The Hard Rock Hotel does relaxation better than just about anywhere I've ever ... read morebeen. They've got NINE restaurants, but a few of the more casual ones aren't all that great. (My favorites are Zen, the Benihana-like spot where chefs cook your meal up right in front of you, and Toro, the steakhouse.) For a resort that's right on the beach, not many people were actually *on* the beach, so I sometimes had a gorgeous powder-soft sandy beach mostly to myself, especially before 9am. The entertainment is also, as you can imagine, the best in Punta Cana. I saw a metal band play covers in the Moon Lounge one night, and went dancing in the new Oro nightclub one of the first nights it opened. Two radically different nightlife events, but both outlandishly fun.Alex
A little birdie tells me you're also going to Punta Cana. :)