Samana, Dominican Republic

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Sandy beach paradise

If you've ever wanted to find yourself marooned on a desert island - but not so far from civilisation that you can't nip off for a spot of shopping in the afternoon - Samana is for you. It ticks all the essential boxes - white sand, azure waters and balmy Caribbean nights, but you'll find you're anything but isolated.

A short excursion from your resting spot will take you to any number of farmers' markets that call this paradise their home if you're after locally-produced goods. Seeking something sportier than shopping? Hop on a horse and go cantering over the sand dunes, Wild West-style.

The stunning waters also mask something all the more beautiful about Samana - it's one of the best spots in the world for whale watching. Hop on a boat and see what you can see on the horizon.

And at the end of the day, if none of this really appeals, you can always flop onto your beach towel with a good book every day. Bliss.

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