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The Most Complete Part of the Dominican Republic! This is why!

Samaná is a province located on the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. It is known for its stunning natural beauty and is a popular tourist destination for those looking to experience the Caribbean’s natural wonders. One of the main attractions in Samaná is Los Haitises National Park, a protected area of mangrove swamps, limestone formations, and caves that are home to a diverse array of plant and animal life. Visitors can take boat tours to explore the park and see the beautiful coastline, as well as the many species of birds, bats, and other animals that live there.

Another popular attraction in Samaná is El Limón waterfall, a stunning waterfall that is located in a lush tropical forest. Visitors can hike to the waterfall and swim in the refreshing pools below.

Samaná is also known for its whale watching. Every year, between January and March, humpback whales migrate to the waters of Samaná Bay to mate and give birth. Visitors can take boat tours to see these magnificent creatures up close. You can do the Haitises and Whale watching for about $ 50 USD or less, including lunch, and transport to and from the harbor in one day.

The province has also beautiful beaches, such as Playa Rincón, a long and wide beach with crystal clear waters and a relaxed atmosphere, or Playa Cosón, a picturesque beach with a long stretch of white sand and coconut palms.

In addition to natural attractions, Samaná also has a rich cultural heritage, with a mix of indigenous, African, and European influences. Visitors can explore traditional villages and markets, and sample the delicious local cuisine, which is heavily influenced by seafood.

Overall, Samaná is a great destination for those looking to experience the natural beauty of the Caribbean, as well as its rich culture and history. The province is also famous for its eco-tourism, making it a perfect spot for those looking for a sustainable travel experience.

Ok, to be more specific and show you some photos to go along with it

I have been living here since 2020 and had previously visited the island on 4 occasions

Cayo Levantado, an island just off the coast, from January to April you can go whale watching

From Santo Domingo, if you do not have a car you can get a bus from the city center (ish) with Caribe Tours. Very cheap and comfy, takes about 3 hours to get to Samaná from Santo Domingo. Cayo Levantado is highly recommended. You can even stay on the island, there is a 5-star hotel, Bahia Principe, where you have to stay for at least 3 nights, $500 a night, all-inclusive, and it has its own private beach as well.

Cayo Levantado Resort – Bahia Principe (5 stars) some people have their honeymoon here.

When you stay here, they pick you up from their sister hotel on the mainland, take you across, and drop you off to do your check-in. Lovely place, but a little out of my budget.

Cayo Levantado

This island is stunning. As I mentioned half of it belongs to the resort and the beach which can clearly be seen, is public. They have restaurants, seafood, of course, buffets, and drinks for different prices. There are two ways you can get here from the mainland which is Samana itself. They have private hire, when they get enough people, they will take you out, or you can go on a tour, which might include a buffet lunch as well. The food is nothing special.

The water is crystal clear and warm

One thing to take into account is to stick near the beach as there is a very strong current and it can get deep, very quickly. There are no lifeguards, and if there are, I did not see any walking about. The heat can get intense, so sunglasses, suncream, and a hat are a must. You will spend about 2 hours here, chilling, having lunch and swimming. If you come between January to April, which is when the humpback whales come, the whales are about a 10-minute boat ride from here.

Playa El Valle

This place is deserted and it feels like you are in the jungle. A 10-minute drive from Samanà village

You need to go by taxi or by car to this place. Put “playa el Valle” in Google Maps or Waze, very easy to get to, there is also a place called The Dominican Tree House where people stay, it includes dinner and breakfast and costs a little over $200USD a night… For the experience, I stayed. We rented a room literally on the beach:

The more expensive option as it is on the beachfront.

This house is divided into 4 accommodations, two downstairs and two upstairs. They offer tree houses, which are literally in the trees… check out their website above. They also host as a resort (all-inclusive) for longer periods, a minimum of 3 nights stay, and weddings, with attractive prices. If this is outside your budget, there are also hostels nearby.

Back to the beach: For some reason, the beach is almost always empty, hard to understand as it is beautiful, however, there are other beaches nearby such as Playa Rincon, Las Galeras, and las Terrenas, where people tend to go and they are stunning. This place is nice, but you either stay a night in the Tree House or you just visit and walk the beach for an hour, drink a piña colada or a rum and coke.

Playa Rincon

Playa Rincon – One of the best beaches in the DR in my opinion!

The nice thing about this place is that you are surrounded by vegetation. It kinda makes me thing what the Spanish would have found when they came to the DR for the first time, stunning waters, beautiful landscapes, and well from Samaná it is easy enough to get here by car. Plenty of space to park. We brought a cooler with beers, food, and salads and just spent the day there. It was really nice. Sometimes the water can get choppy or wavey, but it is nice to sit under the palm trees in the shade! You can camp here or spend the day. It is about a 20-minute drive from Samana village, a lovely day as you are up overlooking the beach as you drive down to it. Having a drone can seriously improve how gorgeous it really is. However, if you do not bring food or drink with you, there are restaurants and stalls to buy food, fruit, and drink. But, best to bring your own. There is also a river that comes out of the mountain, and it is bloody cold and refreshing, so jumping in after being in the sea, get all that salt off your body.

The river, freezing, literally numb getting out, but back into the sun is so refreshing!

You will need to have a car to visit this place. You can also enquire about renting a quadbike, which is so cool, but it is not for spending the whole time there, more about going around different parts of the areas in Samaná, but whatever floats your boat. There are options available.

Las Galeras

Las Galeras

You can literally walk out to that tiny island in the background. The water is clear and shallow, but normally really for swimming in, at least that was my impression. From here you can take a boat to Playa Rincon, which is in the background (top left).

Playa Rincon can be seen in the background from here

The reason why I mention las Galeras here and why it is important is that they have hotels, villas, resorts, 5-star hotels, and so on. People tend to stay here and visit other parts of Samaná as it is not very big, but there are so many places to visit.

This is what Galeras beach looks like.

This is what the beach looks like and I can tell you, you can walk for miles which is the great thing about the place. Lovely to walk at about 6 am for an hour and breath in the fresh sea air. Take photos and watch the sunrise. In the picture above, you can take a boat to other islands, which you can also walk to, but apparently, it could take up to an hour, so to enjoy the experience by boat and less stress than walking, you can enjoy beaches which are more virgin, in the sense, there is nobody about and you can take stunning pics. One of the beaches is Playa Fronton. I have yet to visit, but I have seen pics and since I have a drone, the views can be spectacular. A place to visit indeed.

You are spoilt for choice in Samana. I have more photos and will update other parts of Samana, such as las Terrenas, which is the most visited part of this part of the penisula.

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