The Dominican Republic epitomises most people’s idea of a Caribbean island – miles and miles of palm fringed beaches. But besides its stunning coastline, the small country also comprises rich rainforests, mesmerising mountains and dandy dunes, making it one of the region’s most geographically diverse countries! Hiking, rafting, wildlife and bird-watching is popular with adventure seekers in the interiors mountainous national parks.

Haiti is a stark contrast to its island neighbour however the open-minded adventurer will find a country of intensely spiritual people known for their humour and passion in the face of poverty. Many of Haiti’s landmarks dating to the early 19th century remain intact despite the devastating 2010 earthquake. These include Citadelle la Ferrière, a mountaintop fortress, and the nearby ruins of Sans-Souci Palace, the baroque former royal home of King Henry I.