The Samana province of the Dominican Republic is an isolated haven for expats, with scattered villa communities nestled in the dense jungle, close to the beaches. The locals are lively, friendly and prone to introducing themselves, even if they don’t have anything to sell you. Mostly they live a wild subsistence lifestyle, fishermen comb the coral fringed coastlines and fruit sellers wander the pockets of known beauty that tourists often visit. If you’re lucky you might catch Humpback whales mid-migration. Sometimes they breach close to the white-sand beaches. Make sure you take your goggles as well and then you can swim with your loved one and encounter underwater societies of rays, turtles and puffer fish. There’s also a spectacular, rickety tree house village hidden in the jungle, which would be the perfect place for you to kick-back and celebrate (fingers crossed) your engagement.