DIVERSIÓN Y ACTIVIDADES FUERA
DE LOS HOTELES DE SAMANA Y LAS TERRENAS
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Samana is a destination for nature lovers and
adventurers. Green, green mountains, long beaches,
solitude, lively little towns in between, turquoise
waters. Samana is also a romantic destination, and
several of its small hotels are perfect for
honeymooners. Samana is also a good choice for
experienced scuba divers. And the place to stay if
whale-watching is high on your agenda. It is the
place to sit on a porch or in the shade of a palm
tree, sipping something cool and discover the rare
feeling of being happy just being alive.
The exuberance of the area of
the variety of natural attractions make it the
preferred choice of those seeking an active vacation.
Oh, there is action if you want it. Horseback riding,
swimming, snorkeling, diving, sailing — all the
activities that come with beautiful nature.
It is possible to spend your
days at the beach in front of the hotel,
but Samana is truly for explorers. Samana has a
distinct European flavor - The French were first,
but now many Italians and Spaniards have opened up
businesses to cater to tourists in the area.
Considered by many
Dominicans and visitors alike to be the prettiest
part of the Dominican Republic, the Samaná Peninsula
is a naturalist's delight!
beaches, coconut-covered mountains, clear mountain
streams winding through lush, tropical rain forests,
vibrant coral reefs, internationally known whale-watching
and many other attractions, a vacation of adventure
is awaiting your discovery.
Samaná is located
on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in the
northeastern part of the Dominican Republic. It is
known for its mountains of which it is almost
entirely formed. Samaná has numerous beaches, and
with the 6 November 2006 opening of the new Samaná "El Catey" International Airport, it is bound to
become one of major tourist destinations in the
Samana was discovered on January 12, 1493 by
Christopher Columbus who was greeted with a barrage
of spears and arrows from native Taíno warriors. It
is said that this was the first instance of violent
opposition to the Spanish conquistadors in the
Samaná is considered one of the most beautiful areas
of the Dominican Republic, yet remains one of the
least known by Dominican natives in general and
foreign visitors in particular. Its tourist industry
has not yet exploited the full potential of its
location: the tropical forests, coconut groves,
hundreds of cozy alcove beaches with turquoise
crystal clear waters, waterfalls, protected national
parks, a protected bay, a peninsula.
Samana is one of the breeding places of the humpback
whale. Thousands of humpback whales come to the
coast off Samaná from January to March.
At one time proposed to be the capital of the
country, Samana was to be sold to the United States
as a military base during Pedro Santana's presidency,
but the deal was never realized, because the United
States felt that the cost was too much
are protected areas in terrestrial, coastal, and
marine environments that have been selected to serve
as representative examples of a countries natural
and cultural patrimony. Reserve designation is
provided by the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Man
and the Biosphere Program (MAB), initiated in1971.
The Biosphere Reserve is the oldest and only
internationally recognized program which designates
protected areas with the objective of making
conservation compatible with economic and social
Beaches on the north side of
the peninsula: Playa Bonita (fun waves), Coson (fun
waves, can be rough), Las Terrenas, El Portillo and
Playa Popy (always tranquil waters). Playa Rincon is
on the north side, but needs to be reached via the
Samana road or by boat. Once you are in Las Galeras,
there are daily small boat ferries to Playa Rincon
beach, a spectacular 2 km. bay.
Beaches on the south side of the peninsula: Playa
Galeras (about an hour and a half from Las Terrenas)
and Cayo Levantado. Cayo Levantado is an island of
about one square kilometer, made of a protruding
coral reef which protects Samana bay from the
Atlantic waves. With its lovely white sand beaches
flanked by tall coconut trees, this island is a
popular day outing with boat loads of tourists
Horseback riding or four wheel riding trails through
the mountains and beaches.
Samana city. Samana city claims an unusual history
and, as a result, an unusual character. It was
settled by two shiploads of freed American slaves
around 1824 and, to this day, many residents speak
English as a first language. The US cultural
influence is also apparent in many of the last names
of the settlers of this area. Urban renewal is
improving the overall look of Samana city.
Las Terrenas town. Worth a stroll. Lots of shops
feature all sort of beach wear and gear. Great
supermarket in town, restaurants, delicious pate and
pastry shops, reflecting the European influence.
El Limon Waterfall. Take the El Portillo road going
East and stay on it until you get to the town of El
Limon. The waterfall is about 300 meters above sea
level and has a 40 meter drop that ends in a very
deep but swimmable pool of crystal clear waters
Los Haitises National Park. Easily reached by a
short boat ride across the Bay is Los Haitises
National Park. This area is known as having one of
the most important rainforests and mangrove reserves
in the entire Caribbean, complete with keys and
caves. You can only enter the park with a certified
guide. Day excursions can be booked from most
Mountain biking, hiking, horse riding
There are few destinations as great as Samana for
these ecotourism sports. Be on the lookout at your
hotel for tour operators that offer these
activities. Note that there is no better way to
really see the area than by mountain bike, hiking or
horse riding. End the day with a plunge in a
deserted beach. Horse riding excursions that will
take you through jungles and paradise beaches are
offered at many hotels. Highly recommended.
Samana has many caves for exploring. Check out
the availability of excursions offering sightings of
petroglyphs and pictograms from the days of the
Indian settlers. Samana is known as the site of the
first battle between the Indian settlers and the
European conquerors - the Battle of the Arrows.
Rock climbing enthusiasts should look into the
Playa Fronton excursions. Playa Fronton is located
at the end tip of Las Galeras. It is a spectacular
beach, even if you are not into climbing.
fisher village , located in the Northeast Coast. The
Samaná Peninsula is the most prominent geographic
region of the Dominican Republic. In the Northern
part of the Peninsula is the small town of Las
Terrenas, whose sandy roads embrace the calm water
beaches. French nationals and other Europeans have
built an international community here. Over the
years, just steps from the beach, they have
developed many small inns and restaurants with a
distinctive European flair.
Much of the Samaná
Peninsula remains wild and sparsely populated.
Visitors can explore pristine patches of tropical
jungle and bathe in bubbling unpolluted rivers. This
is true paradise!
By car or bus: 3 hours
from Puerto Plata, 3 ½ hours from Santo Domingo.
By aircraft: 30 minutes from Santo Domingo,
Puerto Plata or Punta Cana