Samana is a small town of 15,000 inhabitants by the sea, located in the northeastern part of the Dominican Republic. It is a very quiet, picturesque harbor, with tourist-friendly locals who make a living on the agriculture and fishing of the island, all set to the rhythm of the Merengue, Bachata and Salsa.
The two-kilometer seafront is ideal for a stroll, day or night, on the beautiful bay full of yachts and fishing boats, as well as the many restaurants, bars, banks, shops and terraces with Wi-Fi available. In November 2009, the Samana Bay was recognized as "one of the most beautiful bays in the world."
The Iguana Santuary
Located in the area of Los Tocones, the Iguana Sanctuary deserves a visit. Here you can see, in a protected environment, a large number of endangered Rhinoceros Iguanas (Cyclura cornuta), an endemic species found mainly in the arid coast of southeast and very rare in the northern part of the island. A group of young people help preserve the dwindling numbers of these threatened species.
Salto del Limon
The Falls of El Limon are about 20 km from the city and the harbor of Samana. There is a restaurant right at the beginning of the path. The waterfalls are very isolated, they are only accessible by foot (30 to 45 minutes) or on horseback (15 minutes) and are surrounded by a bright and picturesque landscape. Small houses are painted with bright colors and are made with locally available materials, such as palm wood and straw. This area is mainly agricultural, with domestic gardens and neighboring banana, cocoa, coffee and coconut plantations.
Cayo Levantado is a small paradise island with a 3 Km2 area, located just 7 kilometers from the port of Samana. The beautiful public beach has fine white sand and crystal clear waters. It offers all basic facilities, such as: restaurants, shops, bars, beach massages, etc., and can be easily reached by boat. Cayo Levantado is also known as Bacardi Island because of a Bacardi rum advertisement back in the 80s. A unique exhibit of this island is a small aquarium area with sea lions that are brought out to swim with guests and tourists. These majestic animals are also able to perform and entertain. Tourists can have private photo shoots taken as well as private documentaries filmed with them.
Playa Rincon is located a few kilometers from our B&B, and is recognized by many as one of the 5 most beautiful beaches in the world. It is a strip of very fine, white sand over 4 km long. It is surrounded by tropical vegetation and here you can sit back, forget about everything and hear nothing but the waves crashing on the shore. On the western side of the beach, the small Caño Frio river flows into the sea. Going back up the river, you will be immersed in a large expanse of mangroves as well as rare and rich fauna.
Playa Rincon is just 30 minutes away by jeep across a dirt road, but in Las Galeras, you can easily find a fisherman willing to take you there by boat. If you fancy hiking, you cannot miss the opportunity to reach Playa Rincon by a peaceful two hours walk through deserted beaches and tropical forests.
Located a few kilometers east of Las Galeras, Playa Madama is a small beach framed by high cliffs and accessible by boat or on foot. This small beach has no reason to envy the big ones since its beautiful lagoon and caves make it an ideal location to explore.
Playa Las Galeras
Playa Las Galeras belongs to the small town of Las Galeras and it is a beautiful and peaceful sandy beach, with secluded coves and crystal clear waters. It is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic. This peaceful environment also offers the perfect setting for a variety of sports, ranging from scuba diving to quad-bike rental.
Playa Fronton is located east of Las Galeras and is considered by many as the jewel of the area; the wild beach that puts all others to shame! Accessible by boat, this beach inspires joy into everyone who visits. Do not forget your snorkel mask and fins because the fauna and flora here are still untouched by humans and are definitely worth a sight. There is a small Dominican restaurant nestled between the rocks and trees and it offers a refreshing and shaded environment with a selection of drinks, fish, chicken and seafood.
Playa el Valle
Playa el Valle in Samana is one of the beaches in the Dominican Republic that is probably still completely natural. The area around Playa El Valle is still untouched by modern man. The small population is organized into a little community that has all the basic services and they mainly live on agriculture. Although it is not luxurious there, like beach restaurants or paved roads, the beauty of this place lies indeed in its extreme simplicity. For instance, you can watch the locals catch fish and cook them on a wood fire. The beach is wide and it is divided into two halves by a gigantic rock. This rock extends into the ocean and hosts caves from which fresh water flows out.
Playa Colorado is within walking distance of Las Galeras. If you imagine your own paradise to be a large open beach with soft white sand and crystal clear waters, in all probability you will cherish Playa Colorado in your heart.
La Playita, or Little Beach, is a 15-minute walk from the main beach of Las Galeras. It is a fine sandy beach with a crystal clear sea and palm trees everywhere. Here you will find a small shack that serves a great variety of fresh seafood and has a well stocked bar...just around the corner from the B&B!