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    There are many great beaches in the D.R. where few people go, Frank12 has mentioned and posted pictures of some through his travels around the island. I semi-recently went to Playa Caleton on the North Coast, beautiful little bay/cove beach, sure there were other people there, but it wasn't packed and was certainly not filled with garbage.

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    I absolutely love the Samana Peninsula and try to get there as often as possible. Recently spent time in Las Galeras and found it to be beautiful and loaded with European tourists, mainly Germans. Never heard so much German being spoken since I last went to a family reunion in North Dakota. My personal favorite is Las Terenas and I'm planning on building a large ocean front estate there someday in the near future. I've been almost everywhere on the Island and to me this is the most beautiful combination of mountains, palm trees and beautiful unspoiled beaches I have seen.

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    I guess some folks just don't get out much....

    Samana? Pretty in some parts of the peninsula but hardly paradise...

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    Or some guys do get out a lot and travel worldwide a lot.

    No point trying to make comparisons with Thailand now. That country is over exploited and the only truly pristine and as such paradise locations are found in the south. Now the south and adjacent Malaysia and Indonesia do have plenty of lovely beaches but for some people going to a Muslim country is a no no. Oh yes there is a Bali, a largely Hindu island in Indonesia and it was and still is a paradise in parts where the commercialism hasn't taken over.

    Over-commercialisation is destructive to paradises on this globe and that is the case in some other locations in DR too.

    Back to DR and it is an undeniable fact that Samana peninsula is a largely undiscovered gem and as LT Steve mentioned Playa Coson which stretches for 13km, and there you rarely see a soul on a beautiful golden beach with a lovely tropical back drop of swaying coconut palms overhanging the beach backed up by beautiful largely virgin forest on limestone hills. Go trek in those lush foothills and you will understand and even stay in the Peninsula house with helicopter transfer to truly experience something very special. And then you have Playa El Valle which is rarely visited but wonderfully beautiful on a calm day and just inland is the unique Tree House hotel and a zip line which traverses through the very lushest of topical forest. And we haven't mentioned Playas Bonita, Moron, Rincon and Fronton to name just a few.

    There are few places left in the western hemisphere like this and on that basis alone it can be called a forgotten paradise. The Caribbean is considered paradise by many travellers from Europe and beyond and tell me what a Bahamian beach, Barbados or Grace Bay offers over the whole of Samana once you step inland? And there are other places still left to be properly discovered in DR too.

    Even Bicardi many years back decided it was a such a paradise for their adverts using Cayo Levantado.

    For the well travelled it is indeed a forgotten, and even an undiscovered, paradise and there is so much more to it than the centre of Las Terrenas or Samana town and whales.

    Fulano mentions the Dominican comparison with Constanza and Switzerland. Have you ever looked up when heading down towards San Jose de Ocoa and thought that looks just like the Jura mountains? I sure have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ju10prd View Post
    Or some guys do get out a lot and travel worldwide a lot.

    No point trying to make comparisons with Thailand now. That country is over exploited and the only truly pristine and as such paradise locations are found in the south. Now the south and adjacent Malaysia and Indonesia do have plenty of lovely beaches but for some people going to a Muslim country is a no no. Oh yes there is a Bali, a largely Hindu island in Indonesia and it was and still is a paradise in parts where the commercialism hasn't taken over.

    Over-commercialisation is destructive to paradises on this globe and that is the case in some other locations in DR too.

    Back to DR and it is an undeniable fact that Samana peninsula is a largely undiscovered gem and as LT Steve mentioned Playa Coson which stretches for 13km, and there you rarely see a soul on a beautiful golden beach with a lovely tropical back drop of swaying coconut palms overhanging the beach backed up by beautiful largely virgin forest on limestone hills. Go trek in those lush foothills and you will understand and even stay in the Peninsula house with helicopter transfer to truly experience something very special. And then you have Playa El Valle which is rarely visited but wonderfully beautiful on a calm day and just inland is the unique Tree House hotel and a zip line which traverses through the very lushest of topical forest. And we haven't mentioned Playas Bonita, Moron, Rincon and Fronton to name just a few.

    There are few places left in the western hemisphere like this and on that basis alone it can be called a forgotten paradise. The Caribbean is considered paradise by many travellers from Europe and beyond and tell me what a Bahamian beach, Barbados or Grace Bay offers over the whole of Samana once you step inland? And there are other places still left to be properly discovered in DR too.

    Even Bicardi many years back decided it was a such a paradise for their adverts using Cayo Levantado.

    For the well travelled it is indeed a forgotten, and even an undiscovered, paradise and there is so much more to it than the centre of Las Terrenas or Samana town and whales.

    Fulano mentions the Dominican comparison with Constanza and Switzerland. Have you ever looked up when heading down towards San Jose de Ocoa and thought that looks just like the Jura mountains? I sure have.
    Great Inagua, for certain, and many parts of Andros. On Inagua, there are two or three restaurants (which open and close at will) maybe three hotels, and miles of unspoiled beaches.
    Downside, flights in and out 2 or 3 times a week last time I checked, and the mosquitoes are ferocious

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