Today’s a treat for the senses, and there’ll be plenty of samplers on the menu, too. For starters, you’ll head to the Del Oro Chocolate Factory, in Puerto Plata’s town centre, to learn all about how the sweet stuff’s made. After following the cocoa’s journey from tree to bar, it’s time to nibble on a taster. Afterwards, you’ll move on to a cigar-making demo, where nips of fresh organic coffee will be primed for sampling as you browse the handmade cigars. As you drive down the Malecon on the way, keep your eyes peeled for the 16th-century San Felipe Fortress and the Plaza Independencia. Later, you’ll take a turn though Don Fernando’s Ranch – home to banana, mango and sugar cane plantations. Finally, round things off with a visit to a rum museum, where you’ll sip snifters of the traditional Dominican spirit and tuck in to lunch.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.