The Dominican Republic’s ‘Wild Side’ Offers a Quieter Alternative And Miles Of Virgin Sand Compared to Punta Cana

On the Samaná Peninsula, innovative eco-lodges are highlighting the region’s untamed natural bounty. Here’s how to take a swing around one of the country’s less-traveled corners.

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“It’s surprising that in a country so commercialized, you can still find places like this,” Noemi Araujo said as we passed a For Sale sign on a fenced, wooded lot. The owner of Clave Verde Ecolodge, where my partner, Luis, and I were staying, was also our guide for the two-hour hike down the uneven road that begins near the hotel and leads to the stunning shoreline at Playa Morón. Cicadas buzzed in the thick tropical forest around us, piercing the humid afternoon air. Seconds later, she told us to look up: speckled brown palmchats, the national bird of the Dominican Republic, were flying in and out of their three-story nest at the tip of a royal palm.

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