It was a dream ending to 2017 and a magical start to 2018: strolling the brilliant, soft white sand beaches on the easternmost corner of the Samaná Peninsula. Far, far, from the madding crowd (well, at least when you overnight in these parts).

Stay tuned for a blog post recap coming this week on my return trip to Las Galeras, one of my favorite beach villages in the Dominican Republic.

In the meantime, here’s a full clip of my motorbike ride from one end of Playa Rincón all the way to the other. It was even more memorable than cruising its shoreline by boat (which is how most people experience it). Those of you who are up north and freezing your behinds off can thank me later. Wanderlust warning: watching this might just get you booking and packing ASAP. 

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 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 culture, adventure, and sustainable travel in 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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