Curious about the Dominican Republic? Join me this whole week–I’ve taken over my publisher Moon Travel Guides’ Instagram feed, from February 6 through 12. I’m sharing some of my favorite photographs of romantic spots around the DR, along with some insider travel tips. See you at http://instagram.com/moonguides – be sure to follow the page, and also feel free to ask me questions over there this week! There will be a new photo every day.

Moon IG’ers! I’m excited to share some of my favorite romantic, scenic spots around the #DominicanRepublic this week. One of them is located in the fishing village of Las Galeras, on the northeastern Samaná Peninsula. Plenty of visitors flock to Las Galeras for boat tours to famous Playa Rincon, but you can skip the rush (and the bumpy Atlantic ride). Instead, take a short walk within the village to the lesser frequented La Playita. The shallow water, wide beach, and chill vibe make it a standout. There’s a small local restaurant and bar on site. Photo © @drvisitor @sunandstilettos #MoonIGDR #MoonDominicanRepublic #dominicanrepublic . #DR #republicadominicana #lasgaleras #laplayita #playasRD #samana #Travel #Beautifuldestinations #Caribbean #Islands #Romance #DRguide #dominicanrepublicguidebook #Beaches #westindies #vacadom #travelgram #february #wheretonext #wanderlust #travelgram #gocaribbean #Beautifuldestinations #drvisitor

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Lebawit Lily Girma

A former corporate attorney, Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning travel writer, photographer, and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for US-publisher Moon Travel Guides, including Moon Belize, Belize Cayes, and Moon Dominican Republic. Originally from Ethiopia, Lily calls herself a “culture-holic”–fluent in four languages, she has lived in eight countries besides the U.S., including Belize, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. Her articles and photography focusing on the Caribbean region have been published in AFAR Magazine, CNN, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, and others. She is the recipient of the 2016 Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

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