Postcard of the Week: Fishermen on the Samana Peninsula

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This month, I’m making my rounds across the Samana Peninsula for my first edition of Moon Dominican Republic. This is one of the most gorgeous parts of the country–in the top three, I’d say. Ask any Dominican who travels about Samana, and the gushing begins… especially when it comes to the beaches. Long, golden stretches sitting at the foot of towering green hills densely packed with coconut trees. And to boot, a slow and more traditional pace of life.

I spotted the above scene as soon as I stepped out of the car and onto the beach, on the far opposite end from this family of fishermen. It was blazing hot, but I ran what felt like at least a mile down the stretch to reach them and take closer shots. I loved that they were all working together, young and old, some stopping to take a breath, others continuously pulling the heavy net. All against Samana’s stunning background of blues and greens.

I’ll share a postcard of the week on the blog going forward, from my journey around the DR.

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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning writer, photographer, guidebook author, and blogger specializing in the Caribbean region. Her work has been published in major travel publications, including CNN, AFAR, Delta Sky, Lonely Planet, Shermans Travel, and BBC, among others. A self-professed "culture-holic," Lily left her native Ethiopia at age one, fast developing a passion for the expat life. In 2008, she ditched her US corporate law career for the road and created Sunshine and Stilettos— a travel photography blog showcasing authentic ways to experience the Caribbean, through culture and nature. Lily has since partnered with multiple travel brands and Caribbean tourism boards, and also authors major print guidebooks on three Caribbean destinations, including Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. She is the 2016 recipient of the Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism from the Caribbean Tourism Organization and Jamaica Tourist Board.

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