Although a lack of wind didn’t allow her boyfriend to practice kitesurfing as planned, W's Karla Martinez found charming restaurants, cozy villas and deliciously strong coffee during a recent trip to the Samana Peninsula in Dominican Republic. Highlights from the vacation and her summer essential packing list below.
Balcones del Atlantico: Two and three bedroom villas with lovely service and great food on premise.
Peninsula House: A 6 bedroom boutique hotel, perfect for couples.
Balcones Beach House
Balcones Beach House: Must have scrambled eggs and a Mangu specialty, mashed plantains. Dominican coffee is fantastic. Order a cortadito, an espresso with a drop of milk.
Left: Peninsula Beach House, Right: Luis at Playa Coson
Lunch by the Sea
Peninsula Beach House at Playa Coson: Where after lunch you can rent four wheelers and take an off-road ride.
Luis: Rustic and casual, great grilled fish
La Terrasse: A charming spot with red and white décor.
Cuca Marina: Incredible ceviche.
Pizza Playa: Delicious pizza, Dominican Style with cheese and corn.
Mosquito Bar: Small and quaint with a great DJ and delicious Mojito’s.
Tods bag and driving shoes
Christian Louboutin printed flats
Tory Burch cardigans for breezy evenings
Equipment eyelet shirt
Lisa Marie Fernandez neon yellow bikini