Postcards from Saona Island, Dominican Republic


(Above image captured from a moving speedboat)

It’s been insanely busy! As you can tell from my few posts lately. Since I’m working on a first edition of Moon Dominican Republic and traveling around the country writing and researching, I won’t be able to do lengthy, substantive posts just yet. But I can certainly bring you postcards! Warning: these photos might make you immediately book, pack and go to the Dominican Republic.

This month, I am wrapping up my time on the Punta Cana–Bavaro and La Romana–Bayahibe coasts, and heading up to the Samana peninsula next (brace yourselves for even more stunning sights).

In the meantime, below are a few of my images from Isla Saona, off the coast of Bayahibe, and one of the top most

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From Santo Domingo to Boca Chica and Juan Dolio: The City Dweller’s Beaches


An easy twenty-minute drive or a US$1.50 guagua ride east of downtown Santo Domingo–the capital of the Dominican Republic, home to almost three million inhabitants–you’ll find a string of beautiful white sand beaches.

The most popular among them is Boca Chica. Despite its gritty streets and reputation for sex tourism, Boca Chica has a beach worthy of gracing tourism postcards and a Dominican beat that’s hard to resist. City dwellers love to escape here from the urban heat for a day, usually on Sundays, to cool off in Boca Chica’s shallow, reef-facing waters and picnic with family and friends.

Boca Chica’s buzz is also unique in all of the Dominican Republic–it’s difficult to think of a beach strip showcasing as much raw cultural flavor as well as all the quintessentially Dominican cacophony. Vendors, cafes, and fish shacks offering the renowned Boca Chica fried fish and yaniqueques line the shore. Bars and restaurants blast merengue and bachata, while families frolic in shallow waters and friends cool off with an ice cold Presidente after playing soccer on the beach. That’s just a slice of all that goes on on Boca Chica’s fine white

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