Courtesy of Villas Eva Luna

Villas Eva LunaLas Terrenas, Dominican Republic

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Unlike the D.R.’s better-known tourist enclave Punta Cana, the Samaná Peninsula is still wild and jungly. Villas Eva Luna epitomizes the area’s charms, with five casitas surrounding a palm-shaded pool. Linger over an alfresco breakfast, then wander down to Playa Las Ballenas, where the snorkeling’s best.

Cost: $100

Don’t Miss: The Haitian Caraïbes Gallery (159 Avda. Duarte, Las Terrenas; 809/240-6250), which stocks jewelry made from locally sourced amber.

Meeghan Truelove

Best Affordable Beach Resorts 2011

Villas Eva LunaLas Terrenas, Dominican Republic

Unlike the D.R.’s better-known tourist enclave Punta Cana, the Samaná Peninsula is still wild and jungly. Villas Eva Luna epitomizes the area’s charms, with five casitas surrounding a palm-shaded pool. Linger over an alfresco breakfast, then wander down to Playa Las Ballenas, where the snorkeling’s best.

Cost: $100

Don’t Miss: The Haitian Caraïbes Gallery (159 Avda. Duarte, Las Terrenas; 809/240-6250), which stocks jewelry made from locally sourced amber.

Meeghan Truelove

Courtesy of Villas Eva Luna

Best Affordable Beach Resorts 2011

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