Natural wonders abound in Samaná on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic. Las Terrenas is the main tourist center, a laid-back beach town with shopping, restaurants and bars. The area is home to pristine beaches, waterfalls, verdant landscape and whale watching in the winter. Be sure to visit our Dominican Republic Travel Guide and below you’ll find our Top 5 Reasons to Book a Trip to Samana Key today!
Samaná is home to spectacular pristine beaches. A 15-minute drive or boat ride from the town of Las Galeras lands you along the three-mile Playa Rincón, described by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top 10 beaches in the world! The eight-mile Las Terrenas offers a shallow waveless beach ideal for snorkeling. At various points it becomes Playa Punta Popy, Playa El Portillo to the east, or Playa Bonita, Playa Las Ballenas and Playa Cosón to the west.
Making up approximately 232 square miles of unique, diverse area, Los Haitises National Park is comprised of mangroves, estuaries, coves and bays. Easily reached by a short boat ride across Samaná Bay, the park is well-known for both its magnificent series of limestone caves covered in Taíno Indian art and its boat excursions through exotic mangrove swamps. Visitors will find themselves surrounded by more than 100 species of birds, 90 plant species, a wide variety of mammals and caves bearing pre-Columbian Taíno art.
It’s a 1.5 mile hike or horseback ride through the jungle that ends with a plunge into this waterfall that drops 170- foot waterfall from the top of Sierra Samaná. It is located halfway between Las Terrenas and Samaná. Go on foot or on horseback.
In addition to Los Haitises and El Limón, Samaná offers many options for adventurous travelers. Countryside excursions via jeep safari, ATV, horseback or biking and hiking can take visitors to deserted beaches or into the mountains. El Valle, between El Limón and Playa Rincón, boasts a zipline with several platforms through a forest and waterfall.
Each winter 1,500 to 2,000 whales migrate to the warm crystalline waters of the Bay of Samaná with intentions of mating and giving birth. Whale-watching season begins in mid-January and continues through mid-March, however, excursions are available as long as whales remain in the bay. The 200 square mile sanctuary was established in 1966 and continues to protect the thousands of humpback whales who migrate from the arctic waters of the north.
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