Samana, Dominican Republic
Throughout history, fires and natural disasters have roared through cities and destroyed cultures. Usually, cities rebuild from the ashes and generations to follow can see the old ruins. Samana burned down completely in 1946 and all traces of its history, from the founding back in 1756, was lost forever. Today, this thriving coastal community plays home to 3,000 migrating humpback whales, which visit the bay yearly. Across the bay from the town is Los Haitises National Park, which is filled with mangrove swamps, various birds, and old ancestry cave art.