The Dominican Republic produces sugar, baseball players and 300 varieties of orchids. It also provides a lush setting for our 1987 swimsuit spectacular. Kathy Ireland, in a Giorgio di Sant' Angelo bikini ($75), makes the rough on the Teeth of the Dog course at Casa de Campo, a 7,000-acre resort, look very inviting.
Sun, sand and surf: The southeastern tip of the Dominican Republic has them all for the winter-weary vacationer. As befits an area that once was home to Juan Ponce de Leon, the fellow who went searching for the Fountain of Youth, it also boasts a couple of resorts offering an impressive array of sports for those who seek rejuvenation from the cold-weather blahs. At Casa de Campo, guests can golf on two Pete Dye-designed courses; ride along the banks of the Chav�n River on any of 1,600 quarter horses; take up windsurfing, tennis, skeet shooting, scuba diving and deep-sea fishing; and even learn to play polo. (The less active can just stroll among the royal palms, hibiscus and bougainvillea or take a trip to beautiful Altos de Chav�n, an artists' community built in the style of a 16th-century village.) At the 300-room Club Med, where life is a little simpler, visitors can swim and play tennis and watch the day break on a mile-long stretch of white sand that many consider to be the finest beach in the country. While the Dominican Republic may not boast the Fountain of Youth, its alluring blue waters and warm sea breezes can put a crimp in Old Man Winter.
Ready, set... Elle Macpherson, a girl on the go, does early-morning warmups in a T-back top and bikini from Speedo America ($37).
Snakes alive! Kim Alexis, in a slithery python print from Gottex ($60), splashes while she dashes through the water at Club Med.
Sprinting along the crest of a cliff at Casa de Campo in her stretch suit from Speedo America ($45), an airborne Elle shows fine form.
Anearly backless lace-up suit from Keiko ($60) keeps Kathy cool in a pool at the Casa de Campo.
Kim, a veteran scuba diver, checks out her gear before exploring the depths off Catalina Island in a latex suit by Liza Bruce ($120).
At Altos de Chav�n, a replica of a 16th-century town, Carol Alt takes a breather in a suit with advanced engineering by Darling Rio ($45).
It's not quite time for the stars to come out, but Karen Alexander makes an early beach appearance. Her evening wear is by Keiko ($54).
Oscar de la Renta, a Dominican native, calls this his cha-cha-cha suit ($100), and Ren�e Simonsen certainly looks set to shake a ruffle.