Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Dominicans will use any excuse for a good party. Get into the spirit of things with a cuba libre servicio: a small bottle of rum, a coke, and a cup of ice; dance the merengue in the nightclubs along Santo Domingo's boardwalk and Avenida Venezuela, and in February, join the carnival in La Vega, where more than 100,000 people fill the streets with a riot of colour and costumes.