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Excellence has it all, but can be covered in Americans.     Photo: Ted Murphy/Flickr


Overrated Caribbean Retreats: Excellence, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

I want some sun, sand, and drinks with umbrellas in them this winter. What are the most overrated and underrated Caribbean destinations?

A:To say that Punta Cana, on the eastern side of the island, gets a little overrun with American tourists is like saying that Wisconsinites sort of have a thing for cheese. It’s with good reason, though. Punta Cana’s sugary beaches, warm, shallow waters, and tropical climate are ideals of a Caribbean vacation. But if you’re going to the deservedly world-renowned, adults-only Excellence, you’re probably not planning to ever leave the property, which occupies a mile-long stretch of beach all to itself. Boasting nearly 450 rooms, nine restaurants, and a 4,500-square-foot fitness center, it practically dares you to find a reason to venture off its secluded confines. Rates start at $462 a night.

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