Some of the best food in Samaná is served up for lunch (and lunch only) in a wooden, Victorian-style bungalow on Playa Cosón—decidedly not the usual beach shack. Hidden past a long stretch of lawn and behind a grove of coconut trees it's on a 12-mile (19-km) stretch of virgin beach. The Beach is an alfresco terrace restaurant decorated with the same exquisite taste as its big sister, The Peninsula House. The new Columbian executive chef has cooked in Michelin 3-star restaurants in Europe. The daily menu changes based on what fresh ingredients, fish, and lobster are available. Cooking is refined: a terrine of roasted beets and fresh goat cheese, or langostinos in passion-fruit butter. Lunch here on fine china makes for a cherished travel memory. After you finish, you can dream about it while taking a siesta on the golden beach.
Playa Cosón, Antiqua carretera de Playa Coson (Old Beach Rd.), Las Terrenas, 32000, Dominican Republic