PHOTOS: The Samaná Peninsula of the Dominican Republic


I’ve been dying to share more photos of the gorgeous Samaná Peninsula, where I spent the month of June.

From Samaná town to Las Galeras and Las Terrenas, this northeastern tip of the DR is one of the most stunning corners of the island, if not the entire Caribbean region. So stunning that many American and European reality TV shows and movies were filmed here. Think rugged cliffs and mountains hugging the turquoise Atlantic Ocean and diamond-white beaches–some on the world’s best lists, like Playa Rincon–bluffs blanketed in coconut palm trees,  jade rivers and waterfalls, offshore islands and national

parks. The landscape is just breathtaking, and the pace of life as slow as is expected in most of Samaná’s fishing villages. Last but not least, it’s home to a population made up largely of descendants of African Americans–from Philadelphia, beginning in the 19th century–and European immigrants.

These and more images will likely appear in my first edition of Moon Dominican Republic, to be released in the Fall of 2015–along with all my best tips for exploring this stunning, less crowded northeastern tip of the Dominican Republic. (P.S.: jetBlue flies into Samana’s El Catey airport)

In the meantime, there’s more work and running around to be done! My next stop is Puerto Plata. As always, you can follow along my DR journey on Instagram.



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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning, Ethiopian-American travel writer, photographer and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for Moon Travel Guides, including Moon Belize, Moon Belize Cayes, and Moon Dominican Republic (October 2016). Her work focuses on Caribbean culture and adventure, and has been published in AFAR, CNN Travel, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, and Every Day With Rachael Ray, among many others. Lily is also the 2016 recipient of the Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism for her Caribbean coverage, from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

Lily calls herself a “culture-holic”–she speaks four languages fluently and has lived in Cote d’Ivoire, England, Jamaica, Belize, the Dominican Republic and traveled to some 30+ countries around the world. Last but not least, she is a former corporate attorney who ditched her Washington DC office for the road in 2009 to pursue her dream of becoming a storyteller.
Lily holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish (summa cum laude) from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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  1. Lorraine 5 July, 2015 at 12:40 PM #

    Love the photos! (But not changing my destination as yet…

  2. Lorraine 5 July, 2015 at 12:41 PM #

    Lovely photos! ( not changing my destination as yet tholol!)

  3. Susan 5 July, 2015 at 4:16 PM #

    Oh My Gosh Lily! These photos are so beautiful. I showed them to my husband and he said “We need to go there!” I told him we have to go to Belize first. You really and truly capture the beauty everywhere you go.

  4. Lebawit Lily Girma 5 July, 2015 at 4:27 PM #

    @Lorraine – Well, I think we knew that long time (and we know why), ha ha!

    @Susan – Thank you so much! It really IS that stunning here, especially on the Samana Peninsula which many folks don’t know or hear about. The scenery is out of this world. Let your husband know there are jetBlue flights from Florida to Samana’s El Catey airport! 🙂 But of course I’d be happy if you make it to Belize as well.

  5. Cathy 22 October, 2015 at 12:51 PM #

    Stunning pictures of Samana! One of the reasons we moved from Toronto, Canada to the North Coast! So beautiful. Thank you!

  6. Lebawit Lily Girma 23 October, 2015 at 9:35 PM #

    Thanks, Cathy! And great choice on your move. 🙂

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