Moon Dominican Republic 2016 Has A Book Cover and Is on Pre-Sale

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Here it is–the final book cover for my first edition of Moon Dominican Republic for Moon Travel Guides.

I am thrilled that one of my photographs was selected, and even more delighted that it shows a scene from Puerto Plata, one of my favorite areas of the DR.

The image shows a couple of motorbikes parked along the city’s Malecon or waterfront boulevard, while its owners take a dip in the Atlantic sea, the breeze blowing and waves crashing nearby.

A golden beach sits below, of course, but I love that it shows a more authentic every day scene than a touristy one (and that’s why I also love writing for Moon Guides).

For those who missed the other exciting news on Facebook, this edition will be printed in full color. No drab black and white! From the front section to the back, the book will be illustrated so you’ll have a clear idea of the various regions, hotels, food and more.


Yesterday was my official publisher deadline and I submitted the full manuscript–a great feeling that I celebrated full circle in Santo Domingo, where I started my full time rounds last year.

Over the next couple of months, my editor and I will be going through several rounds of revisions–as first editions (written from scratch) require more work and attention.

But we are half way there. And the best part is that you can now pre-order your copy of Moon Dominican Republic on Amazon. 

Lots more to come from me on the DR–stay tuned. And thanks for following me on an incredible journey this past year!

Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning travel journalist, photographer, and guidebook author 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 Caribbean 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 Caribbean tourism boards and travel brands on major content projects. She also authors print guidebooks on three destinations, including Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. Read more on her site,

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  1. Cathy 6 March, 2016 at 8:04 AM #

    Look forward to your guide. You take amazing pictures and capture the true Dominican Republic. Thank You. Cathy.

  2. Lebawit Lily Girma 6 March, 2016 at 9:25 AM #

    Hi Cathy, Thank you very much! And for your vote of confidence. Much appreciated!

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