Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Great for: Museums, shopping, water park enthusiasts
If you’ve only got six hours: Hit the Ocean World adventure park, where unlike typical depressing dolphin-and-whale parks, the marine mammals live happily ever after in a giant lagoon. You can also swim with dolphins or sharks, or enjoy the massive attached water park.
This lesser-known spot on the north coast of the Dominican Republic features a brand-new port at Amber Cove that just opened in 2015, with water slides, hilltop and in-water cabanas, and A-list shopping. But venture outside the port and you’ll find a city that’s not yet teeming with tourists, providing an authentic look at Dominican culture. There’s also an entire museum devoted to amber (this is where the amber in Jurassic Park came from… fictionally, of course) and some of the most underrated beaches in the DR.