If you go: Dominican Republic
Cap Cana, Dominican Republic
Located just 10 minutes from the Punta Cana airport, Cap Cana is a self-contained, 30,000-acre ecological resort area with pristine oceanfront beaches, the luminous Cap Cana Marina, cliffs and forested hiking trails, as well as countless water-based activities. The development encompasses several resorts including Adam Jones' favorite, the Fishing Lodge.
US Airways, Air Tran and American Airlines offer connecting flights to Punta Cana from BWI-Marshall. Nonstop flights are available through charter packages, booked through a travel agent (see information on packages below) and from nearby airports, including Philadelphia International.
The Fishing Lodge at the Grand Resorts at Cap Cana, 866-855-4886 or 809-469-7500, grandresortsatcapcana.com. This brand-new Mediterranean village-style resort is surrounded by the gleaming Cap Cana marina. In a region famous for all-inclusive accommodations, the Fishing Lodge boasts a variety of package options for visitors. Beach access is available via golf cart at the adjacent Punta Cana Resort or at the sister property, Sanctuary Cap Cana.
Accommodations are one-, two- and three-bedroom villas with full kitchens, living and dining areas, king beds, Wi-Fi and cable TV. The hotel website is offering 50 percent off room rates for stays through Nov. 30, when booked by April 30. All-inclusive deals start at $199 per person per night. Neither includes airfare, which is lowest when bought in a package through a travel agent.
The Fishing Lodge has three restaurants and several bars. Bistrot is an open-air Mediterranean bistro specializing in fresh seafood that overlooks the Cap Cana Marina. The buffet-style Market Salamander Grille serves international fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Poolside serves light fare in the afternoons. Most guests visit the five upscale restaurants at sister resort The Sanctuary, accessible via a five-minute shuttle ride.