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April 11 - SAMANÁ, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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A beautiful welcome to picturesque Samaná

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Though the city is home to 100,000, most residents are scattered up and down the lush hillsides surrounding Samaná Bay.

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A local guide took us on a tour, stopping at a farm to show us many of the Dominican Republic’s abundant crops.

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One of the varieties of cocoa

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Baby plantains

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These bananas have a few months to go before ripeness.

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Ever see coffee plant flowers?

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Coffee beans ripening

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Tiny orchards

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Our guide is proud of his country – he said his people are always happy.

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Mules are essential, as are motorbikes!

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It’s easy to see why our famous Dominican baseball players on USA teams love their beautiful country.

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Situated on a peninsula, Samaná’s tropical climate, mountains, beaches and swaying palm trees create a paradise. St. Peter’s Evangelical Church, pictured here, is the oldest building. It was shipped, disassembled, from England in 1881. It was hugely important to the African-American community of freedmen who lived here.

Posted by Swenigale 14:15 Archived in Dominican Republic

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