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Samana is an ecological paradise. Because the area is still generally unspoiled, visitors get the treat of seeing original beauty all around them. Almost all of the economy revolves around the beaches, so that’s exactly where you should head. The beaches here are unique, with palm tree-covered hills lining undeveloped sands. But although the beaches themselves are beautiful, Samaná’s ecological beauty extends far outside of sand and waves. The Haitises National Park, Salto El Limon Waterfall and the world’s largest coconut plantation are worth an exploration, and activities like horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking make exploring even better. However, there are more than just natural sites here. New developments including upscale hotels, fine dining and shops are popping up, so Samana is rapidly becoming a complete destination vacation.
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La Romana is home to resort delights, like Casa de Campo’s world-renowned Teeth of the Dog golf course. In Puerto Plata, surf’s up where you can find all types of water sports on its Amber Coast. People flock to Punta Cana’s luxurious resorts on pristine beaches for snorkeling and fun in the clear-aqua water. But visit Samaná to see majestic humpback whales up close, migrating through the bay. Finally, UNESCO World Heritage site in Santo Domingo is the oldest city in the Americas and is the cultural and political capital of the Dominican Republic. Whatever you want to do, the Dominican Republic’s got you covered.
Los Haitises National Park
Nature lovers and eco-tourists especially will appreciate the beauty of the Haitises National Park. As a protected forest reserve with hills, mangroves, limestone caverns and wildlife, the park has plenty to offer. It's known as having one of the most important rainforests and mangrove reserves in the entire Caribbean. And while the amount of wildlife here is impressive enough, the pictographs inside the cave system add culture and history to the park’s appeal.
If you visit the northeast, you should take advantage of the massive ecological haven near your vacation spot and definitely stop by. You can get there easily by a short boat ride across the bay and excursions from Samana resorts are readily available. The photo ops are seemingly endless in a place so beautiful.
One of the more popular tourist attractions for its beauty and the fun activities it offers, Cayo Levantado is a small island in the Samaná Bay. Its lovely white sand beaches are lined by tall coconut trees to create a picturesque vision of paradise.
Imagine yourself lounging on the warm sand with a good book and refreshing drink in hand. With its coral reefs and clear-turquoise water, you’ll easily be able to explore under the sea. The calm and shallow warm water is comfortable for the whole family to enjoy and if you work up an appetite, there are restaurants and vendors to choose from to enjoy lunch on the beach. People arrive by the boat loads every day to share in the beauty, so hop on in and don't miss out.
The coral reefs and shipwrecks in the water of the Samaná area make diving an especially exciting adventure here. Perfect for history buffs, the scuba diving excursions in Samaná add a little culture to an already-anazubg experience.
If you head to Las Terrenas, you’ll see the beautiful coral nicknamed “the three whales.” Further east, Las Galeras has sunken shipwrecks and rock formations in the sea. More advanced divers should check out “Cabo Cabron” which has a 120-foot descent into the ocean.
Picture-Perfect Playa Rincon
To see an untouched, picture-perfect beach vision in person, you have to visit Playa Rincon. Three miles of soft, white sand lined with lush palm trees team up with cerulean water and majestic mountaintops to create a stunning view of flawlessness. The beach is secluded, unspoiled and gorgeous, so if you’re the type of person who loves catching nature in its original state, this is the place for you.
You can catch a boat from Las Galeras to set sail toward this slice of heaven. Because it's untouched, you'll have to remember to bring your necessities. Conveniences like food, drinks and lounge chairs are available for a price, but are well worth it for the view and experience.
The biggest attraction in the area comes to Samaná each January to March. During this time, thousands of humpback whales migrate through the Samaná Bay to mate and give birth to their young.
The journey to these waters is a ritual and is an exciting event for the people who are lucky enough to see it. Visiting this area during this time of year to share with these amazing mammals up close is an experience of a lifetime.
Excursions depart to catch the frolicking giant creatures in action. Grab the best seat on the boat to watch them splash and spout water and don't forget your camera! You'll want a keepsake of your time with these majestic sea mammals.
Samana Quick Facts
Same voltage as North America, but the sockets are two pronged.
All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from the Dominican Republic.
Drink only bottled water. Avoid tap water and drinking beverages with ice cubes.
Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT -4 hours)
Dec to Feb, July to Aug and Semana Santa (the week before Easter)