In Puerto Plata, golden beaches and swaying palm trees skirt a vast coastline dotted with beach resorts catering to comfort with well appointed rooms, lavish buffets, swim-up pool bars and nightly entertainment; all for the most part offered in the convenient all-inclusive package format. The combination is perfect for short getaways and for family vacations, where the kids keep occupied out of your hair and never do they need to ask for (yet another) five dollars for pizza or coke.

But the extra bonus in Puerto Plata, one that has made this a favorite come-back destination for so many travelers, is how you can play Crocodile Dundee by day, living out all kinds of tropical adventures, and get back to a comfortable resort in time to spend the evening in cotton casuals, enjoying a romantic dinner and a show. Within a three hour radius of Puerto Plata resorts, you can climb waterfalls, go whalewatching, jump on jeep safaris, sail catamarans, swim with dolphins (and even sharks): the list is impressive and the promise of lifetime travel memories holds true.

Here is a rundown of the most popular excursions available at the resort excursion desk. Priced, for the most part, between $50 - $150 dollars, these excursions provide English speaking guides, comfortable transportation, and usually food and beverage, making it easy to enjoy a day of adventure without having to rough it or spend valuable time organizing an itinerary.