WATERFALLS & SEAFOOD SHACKS
Bordered on the north by the Atlantic Ocean and to the south by the Caribbean Sea the second-largest island in the Caribbean has plenty to offer visiting yachts. Rich in contrasting landscapes the island has the requisite white beaches, lush plantations and coral reefs as well as rugged mountains and staggering waterfalls. Damajagua Waterfalls are a natural wonder where 27 waterfalls run into emerald and sapphire pools etched out of limestone. In the north, the Amber Coast boasts the best beaches and Puerto Plata acts as a perfect hub with a clutch of luxurious resorts, golf courses and casinos.
The Samaná Peninsula, which has recently come into focus for sailors, is a haven of calm and quiet. Its untouched, deserted beaches, cascading streams and excellent whale watching, has begun to lure an increasing number of yachts, but for now, it’s still relatively quiet. For beach-lovers, it’s straight to Las Galeras for the town’s surrounding sparkling white sands. The capital Santa Domingo, on the south coast, is especially charming due to its combined Caribbean and European heritage. With elegant architecture, fine restaurants, exclusive clubs and lush parks and a port that accommodates all but the largest yachts, this is an ideal starting point for a cruise around the island.
WHEN TO GO:
THE WHOLE YEAR ROUND
OCTOBER – MARCH
Explore the zona colonial of Santo Domingo ‘La Capital’ where colonial-era architecture flanks hot clubs and chichi restaurants
Away from the throng of mass tourism and beyond the sugar plantations and inland mountains to the north, Playa Limón is the pearl of the southeast beaches
Book for dinner at Amanera, recently opened on Playa Grande and the hottest ticket on the island. Alternatively, buy a villa here