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The Mellow Dominican Republic

  1. The beach in front of Natura Cabañas is small, but you can stroll two minutes in either direction and have vast stretches entirely to yourself. (photo: John Kernick)
  2. At Natura Cabañas, an open-air yoga studio overlooks the beach, near a complex of spa-treatment rooms and an area for beachside massages. (photo: John Kernick)
  3. The restaurant at Natura Cabañas serves dishes such as sesame-crusted dorado and octopus-and-mint salad. (photo: John Kernick)
  4. Cabaña Coral, like each of the 11 thatch-roofed bungalows at Natura Cabañas, is unique. (photo: John Kernick)
  5. Entrepreneur and former pro kiteboarder Marcus Bohm—pictured with Tiger—runs an array of ventures, including a surf school (321 Takeoff), a sailboard-repair shop, and an international water-sports competition. (photo: John Kernick)
  6. Christian and Gabi have been able to mix business with pleasure as instructors at 321 Takeoff surf school. (photo: John Kernick)
  7. Restaurants line the beach in Cabarete, a ramshackle town with a sizeable young expat community and backpacking adrenaline junkies who share the beach with families and couples. (photo: John Kernick)
  8. Lax is a European-style lounge with a hip, good-looking crowd, like this group of Norwegian tourists. (photo: John Kernick)

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