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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Bum Around in Las Terrenas


4. Insider’s Tip

Freshly caught and cooked at Playa Bonita.  

For lunch on Playa Bonita, avoid the “proper” beach shacks. Round Bonita’s first long curve and look for a couple of guys and a grill (they’re mobile, so you may have to walk a bit farther). Ask after the coolers’ contents (en español), order up, and then soak in the still, luminous water while your meal’s prepared. Around $35 (prepare to negotiate) can get you a whole grilled fish—probably chillo (red snapper) or mero (grouper)—a fresh lobster (if available), brown rice, baked potatoes, and some cold Presidentes. Plus a glorious tropical setting you’re likely to have to yourself.

Published on Nov 20, 2008 as a web exclusive.

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