The tiny town of “Santa Barbara de Samana" aka Samana is one of the most beautiful destination as in the Dominican Republic that sits on the Atlantic Ocean yet has the smallest population in the country. The mountainous town sits on the Peninsula and is surrounded by 40kms of beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, tropical forests, waterfalls and a breeding ground for Humpback Whales makes it perfect for family vacations and those wanting to escape for some adventure and relaxation.
Due to the geography of Samana the town has been fought over, bought and occupied by several different countries dating back to the 1700’s, Spain, Haiti, France, Britain even the US and Germany have held rain over the Peninsula or tried too. With the deep channels, protected coves and beaches and the mountainous backdrop with its lush vegetation you can see why so many wanted this magnificent location. The main language spoken is Spanish but English is commonly used, Samana is not your typical Dominican Republic vacation destination due to it’s strong European presence.
Getting to Samana you need to fly into the Aeropuerto Internacional El Catey, daily flights daily from Puerto Rico, Europe, Canada and the US. The drive depending on your hotels location will take from 30mins to 1 hour, transportation can be pre-book or at the airport on arrival.
Samana really has become the tourist hub of the Dominican Republic from mid January to mid March the major drawcard to Samana is the North-Atlantic humpback whale migration, these magical mammals pass through here in the hundreds with their calves. There is so much to see and do in this picture perfect town; the mountains make for an eco wonderland with zip-lining, abseiling down waterfalls, ATV off-road driving adventures whilst being surrounded by the lush tropical flora and fauna. Making your way back to the ocean try one of the many water sport activities like kite-surfing, snorkeling, sailing and kayaking, Samana is a marine wonderland with some of the best diving spots in the world.
A few must places to see whilst you are in Samana is the beautiful 53 meter high waterfalls of Cascada El Limón and the blowholes of Boca Del Diablo at night for something a bit different experience the El Mosquito Art Bar where you are literally sitting over the crashing waves.
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