NY Times: The 45 Places to Go in 2012

35. Samaná Peninsula, Dominican Republic
Unspoiled beaches, but not for long.

For years, the Samaná Peninsula on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic was one of the Caribbean’s remaining natural holdouts, largely untouched because of its remote location. But an international airport, El Catey, built near the peninsula’s base a few years ago and, more recently, a highway that shortened the drive from Santo Domingo to two hours from five, are bringing new development.

Balcones del Atláantico, a RockResort that opened last May in the village of Las Terrenas, is the newest luxury resort on the peninsula. Its 86 two- and three-bedroom villas start at $500 a night, supplying a cushy base from which to explore ecotourism. The Peninsula House, a plantation-style estate with just six suites from $580 a night, was named a 2011 Grand Award winner by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report. And Auberge Resort’s’ Casa Tropicalia , with 44 beachfront suites and an open-air spa on Samaná Bay, is to open in 2014.

There are plenty of off-resort attractions, too. Just last month, Bavaro Runners, an adventure tour operator, opened a new zip-line tour consisting of 20 platforms and 10 zip-lines.

Go now, before the crowds arrive. MICHELLE HIGGINS


*Breaking News* you will NOT hear in the mainstream Media!

Check out this web-page; a free-energy device coming to market this spring. It will be interesting to watch how the global energy cartel tries to squelch it!

*Breaking News* you will NOT hear in the mainstream Media!

*Free Energy is here and it’s real*. Sterling Allen has visited and confirmed a 5 Kw system that will be available March 2012. NO FUEL to continuosly generate 5 Kw! Estimated retail $6000. (click


We have a winter storm here today; a pile of snow was predicted but so far it has been only rain in the city—typical for this year.