Las Galeras, Dominican Republic

Playa Fronton and Playa Rincon, both secluded, pristine beaches, are most easily accessed by boat from Las Galeras, a blissfully quiet little town at the furthest tip of the northeastern Peninsula de Samaná. The day we visited the seas were rough, however, making the sea route not so easy. Unfortunately, we did not discover this until we were underway. Still, though the journey was frightful, and I didn't stop trembling for twenty minutes after we arrived on land, lying in the shade of a palm, cooled by the ocean breeze, watching the colors of the sea glimmer and glint beneath the colors of the sky was one of the sweetest moments of the whole trip. It did strike me as a bit funny-sad, however, to think how much our vision of a Caribbean island is tied up with an image of swaying coconut palms, since these are not native but part of the Columbian Exchange.      [—Usha Alexander, March 2012]

Playa Fronton

Deserted beach (more)

Arrived here by boat

Right behind the beach

Coco palms

Coco palms

Shady spot

Beach bum

Playa Rincon (more)

Samana Peninsula (more)

Miles long beach (more)

Practically deserted

Arrival by boat (1, 2, 3) ...

Aquamarine water (1, 2, 3)

... 20 mins from Las Galeras




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