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).
Photographer: Michael Hanson
As if you actually need an excuse to go out and explore, technology isn't always all that much help in the country's Samaná Peninsula, a mountainous stretch of land that juts into the Atlantic like a finger from Hispaniola's northeast end. Go view the 170-foot El Limón Waterfall (left) is one of the D.R.'s most spectacular; floratours.net. Los Haitises National Park is one of the Caribbean's largest estuaries, with freshwater caves for swimming; bavarorunners.com. Boating is also a favorite pastime in Samaná.