Secret Samaná

The Dominican Republic's northeastern peninsula is quickly becoming a hot spot for fabulous boutique hotels and raw, natural beauty (never mind the twisty, bumpy roads).

Raw and Refined
Photographer: Michael Hanson

Raw and Refined

A 10-minute drive away from The Peninsula House (potholes notwithstanding) is the beachfront town of Las Terrenas, the peninsula's cultural hub, where transplants to Samaná have enthusiastically mixed with resident Dominicans. They've kept the walls down and embraced the amalgamation of different cultures, and together they've opened up restaurants, tiny hotels, and boutiques. Now, Las Terrenas offers a heady mix of contrasts that is equal parts raw (stray dogs wandering the streets and buildings covered in a fine layer of grit) and refined (high-design hotels and Pueblo de los Pescadores, a group of former fisherman's homes along the waterfront that has been turned into a collection of restaurants and bars).

Unique beach bars (left) are just steps from the water in Las Terrenas.

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