Postcards from Paradise: Caribbean Life Pt. 3

I shot these scenes at Monte Azul on the Samaná Peninsula in the Dominican Republic. It’s difficult to get to the summit on a motorcycle or scooter because the road is narrow, unpaved, and very steep in some places. You might not find it anyway unless you know some of the locals.

However, the view is breathtaking and there is a fantastic bar and restaurant owned by a French expatriate at Monte Azul.

It is a great place to sit and sip Caipirinhas (my favorite cocktail). From mid-December to March you may even see whales in Samaná Bay, as thousands of them come here each winter to mate. This area is known as one of the top whale-watching areas in the world.

You can either eat here (you need a reservation and the chef only cooks in the evenings) or if you are lucky enough to have a Latina friend or girlfriend, she will no doubt whip up a great bowl of rice and beans if you ask her. Women here view cooking as an artform unto itself, not as oppression as in Anglo America. Simple as it looks, this bowl was delicious.


It has been a little cloudy and cooler than average most of this week. We always get a nice cooling sea breeze here on the peninsula which makes the 85 degree average high temperature easy to tolerate.

Every day passes by quickly when you are a happy man.

Until next time,


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