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The Zona Colonial of Santo Domingo and the beaches and bars of Las Terrenas on the Samana Peninsula.
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Calle Duarte 53, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic
El Beaterio is a restored sixteenth-century convent in the heart of Zona Colonial in Santo Domingo. Fromthe cozy, high-ceilinged living room at the front of the building to the tranquil courtyard at the back, this small, intimate hotel is perfect...
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Calle Hostos # 302, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic
Mesón de Bari, on Calle Hostos between Luperón and Salomé Ureña, is a good choice for Dominican cuisine in the Zona Colonial. Set over two floors with exposed wooden beams and an eclectic mix of paintings adorning the walls, the restaurant / bar...
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Calle Isabel La Católica 356, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic
Hotel Atarazana is a simple, airy, and clean hotel a stone's throw from Plaza España at the north-east of Santo Domingo's Zona Colonial. There is a cute walled courtyard where you take breakfast, and an open rooftop (with some shade) for...
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Plaza Espana, Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic
Everyone we asked recommended Pat'e Palo as the best restaurant in Santo Domingo's Zona Colonial. Styling itself as a European brasserie, the enticing menu of executive chef Saverio Stassi manages to seem both exotic and familiar at the same time,...
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Emilio Prudhomme 1, Las Terrenas 32000, Dominican Republic
The main intersection in Las Terrenas is an auditory and sun-baked bedlam of motorcycles, quad bikes, motoconcho touts, and merengue blasting from store fronts. Casas del Mar Neptunia, just a few minutes to the east and tucked away down a dirt...
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Francisco Alberto Caamaño Deñó, Las Terrenas 32000, Dominican Republic
You're spoiled for choice in Las Terrenas when it comes to food, though the quality varies widely. But directly on the beach in the center of town behind the main intersection are a row of small and colorful shacks that serve up simple but decent...
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Calle 27 de Febrero # 67 Las Terrenas Samana, Las Terrenas 32000, Dominican Republic
Picture-perfect Playa Las Terrenas stretches for kilometers. To the east of town it is dotted with beach bars and restaurants set among the palm trees. These simple joints are perfect for kicking back with a beer or a Cuba libre. But if that...
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Francisco Alberto Caamaño Deñó, Las Terrenas 32000, Dominican Republic
Set upon a hill in a semi-gated community a few kilometers west of the center of Las Terrenas, Casa La Nouba is a private villa that would not be out of place as a Caribbean Bond villain's luxury hideaway. The rooms are large and sophisticated,...
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Del Carmen, Las Terrenas 32000, Dominican Republic
Flora Tours, in Las Terrenas, can organize a number of excursions around the Samana Peninsula —including horse riding to El Limon waterfall, a boat tour of Los Haitises National Park, and humpback whale watching. Their beach excursion is a good...
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Loma Bonita, Las Terrenas 32000, Dominican Republic
Set on the manicured grounds of the Bonita Villas next to Playa las Ballenas, Spoon Beach is a simple French bistro that serves up quality food at exceptionally low prices. The menu is fixed price, and around $4 gets you two courses. You choose...