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
Balcones' beachfront restaurant, Porto (left), is firmly grounded in Samaná, with a fresh menu of grilled fish, ceviche, and other delicacies from the sea. It also has one of the top wine lists in the Dominican Republic; balconesdelatlantico.rockresorts.com.
Another option: Mi Corazón in Las Terrenas, a highbrow fusion restaurant; micorazon.com.