Head for the southeastern part of the Dominican Republic, where the best beaches and tourist facilities make it ideal for family holidays. The best resorts are Bavaro and Punta Cana, although Playa Dorada is the largest and hence often the one where you'll find the best deals. In Punta Cana, make sure to go exploring in an adventure buggy – drivers must be 18+, but any age can be a passenger.
Seek out more great beaches on the less-built-up Samana peninsula, where you can view migrating humpback whales. Colonial Santo Domingo is full of old Spanish buildings to admire. At Cabarete, a dynamic watersports centre, laugh at the teenagers trying to look cool kiteboarding or try to windsurf with your own.
Visit Monkey Jungle between Sosua and Cabarete, 9km up El Choco. This 280-acre farm has a zipline with a freefall fan descender dropping about 18m into an ancient cave. You can also tour its botanical garden in an old grotto, where 25 squirrel monkeys live tame and a large enclosure houses rescued capuchins.
Take the kids on an unforgettable boat ride through mangrove swamps and prehistoric caves in the island’s remote southeast, where they can pretend to be some of the Dominican Republic's famous pirates.
In the centre of the country, around Jarabacoa, take an adrenaline-boosting white-water rafting trip with children 12 and up.