Dining: Sure, you can score almost any type of cuisine in the DR, but why settle for resort pizza when you can indulge in the national dish, La Bandera: a hearty plate of red beans, white rice, and beef (or chicken, pork, or fish), sure to keep your stomach full well into the night. Or, for a special evening out with your lady friend, try Santo Domingo's El Meson de la Cava, an upscale eatery whose underground dining room is nestled at the bottom of a spiral staircase in a series of limestone caves.
To keep yourself fueled for all the action sports fun in Cabarete, check out Parilla Luis; the local eats here are as warmly authentic as the smiles on the waitstaff. And if you do happen to hanker for a taste of home, then head to Pomodoro Pizzeria. Real born-'n-bred Italians run this joint, combining the best of Italy with some of the most potent mamajuana you'll find anywhere.
Traveler's tip #1: Mamajuana is not what you think. In the DR, mamajuana is a local bush rum drink that’s widely available and enjoyed by all. If you get offered some, feel free to accept graciously -- but don’t reach for your lighter.