Worlds away from the tourist crush in Punta Cana, on a pothole-pocked dirt road outside the sleepy coastal town of Las Terrenas, stands one of my favorite places to eat in the Caribbean, Restaurant Luis. Just steps from Playa Coson, white plastic chairs are strewn haphazardly around wobbly tables. Coconut trees double as columns that support the dining room’s tarp ceiling. You order drinks from a hole cut into the side of a shipping container. The menu is nothing more than an oversize cooler containing the day’s catch—snapper, lobsters, and other sea creatures—your pick of which is cooked up in a tiny blue shack. So yes, it’s rustic. But there is no finer place to eat a perfectly grilled lobster, paired with fried plantains and the region’s famous mamajuana, a concoction of tree bark steeped in rum, red wine, and honey, all with a killer beach view. Playa Coson, Las Terrenas
By Patrick Bennett. This appeared in the Nov/Dec 2015 issue.