Mattia and I took a trip to Punta Cana for my birthday last year. It was five days of escaping New York's winter-like fall with sun, snorkeling, surfing, and all you can eat/drink at the resort. There's nothing better than the hot sun beating on your back after a quick dip in the Caribbean Sea.
On the fourth day, we decided to go on a boozy boat trip to Isla Saona. Our group of random strangers were quiet and grouchy in the early morning on the way to the boat, but by the end of the day we were all best friends. The type of friendships that can only grow quickly with alcoholic lubrication.
Punta Cana was full of fun, down-to-earth people. I can't wait for my next trip to the Caribbean to experience more of the different countries and islands!