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You wouldn’t be the first to ask: is Samana nicer than Punta Cana? You’ll be surprised to learn that the Samana Peninsula is very different from Punta Cana with its all-inclusive hotels, sprawling white sand beaches and throngs of tourists. In fact, Samana is much more laid back, with rolling mountains and, yes, gorgeous coastline – including some of the most secluded and beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republicc. Ready to discover a whole new side of the Dominican Republic and eager to find the best things to do in Samana? Hop in. You’ll love it here!
Remember, this is just a starting point! From adventurous water sports to exploring stunning natural wonders, there’s no shortage of exciting activities in Samana. There are countless ways to immerse yourself in the incredible beauty and culture of the Dominican Republic, so feel free to explore and create your own unique adventure.
How to get to Samana, Dominican Republic?
Finding out where to land for your flight to Las Terrenas couldn’t be easier! The region is served by El Catey International Airport. Air Transat flies non-stop several times a week from Canada. From there, Samana’s many all-inclusive resorts are only a few miles away.
Samana is also accessible by car or bus from the Dominican Republic’s other major cities, including Punta Cana, Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata. In all cases, the drive takes approximately 5 hours.
Discover Dominican cuisine at Restaurant Luis in Las Terrenas
If you’re loco for coco, you’ll find yourself in coconut heaven. Many local dishes are prepared using this delicious fruit, which grows in abundance. Try coconut bread and a variety of fish simmered in this nutrient-rich thirst quencher, or garnish your meals with coconut sauce, a yummy alternative to ketchup that you’ll find on the tables of many restaurantsat reasonable prices in the area.
Restaurant Luis is a tiny shack on Playa Coson, near Las Terranas. It’s so far off the beaten path you’ll only find it by asking for directions to Playa Coson. So what’s so special about it? The fresh fish. You choose your fish, weigh it on the scale and then sip a piña colada with your feet in the sand while they prepare your feast.
Top things to do in Samana Dominican Republic: Hike to El Limón Waterfall
Located in the heart of the jungle, this spectacular 55-meter waterfall is best reached on horseback – it’s much safer and more enjoyable than trekking on muddy trails and crossing rivers on foot. This 2.5-kilometer (1.5-mile) hike is not for the faint of heart, with rugged, uneven trails. But the reward is a breathtaking view of the waterfall cascading into a tranquil natural pool.
Discover the diverse flora and fauna as you traverse the lush hilly terrain and dense jungle. As you make your way along the river, you’ll see bamboo, cacao, mango and pineapple growing wild.
When you reach the misty falls, take a dip in the cool, refreshing waters for an invigorating end to your trek.
A half-day trek costs about CA $50 per person, depending on the riding center and whether or not you hire a guide. Make sure to bring a little extra money to tip your guides. They’re dedicated volunteers who are more than happy to chat with you throughout the trip. A little Spanish will also go a long way!
Witness the annual migration of humpback whales in Samana Bay
Every year, between January and March, Samana Bay becomes a spectacle of nature’s wonders as it plays host to the annual migration of North Atlantic Humpback Whales. During this time, these majestic creatures travel thousands of miles from their summer grounds as far away as Greenland and Iceland to the warm sanctuary of Samana Bay.
Their arrival transforms the bay into a nurturing haven, providing a safe and comfortable environment for the whales to give birth and care for their calves. You can be a part of this awe-inspiring spectacle by booking a whale watching tour. It’s a great opportunity to see these marine giants in their natural habitat.
This is truly one of the most extraordinary things to do in Samana and offers a unique insight into the fascinating life cycle of humpback whales.
Fun things to do in Samana: Scuba dive in Los Haitises National Park
Immerse yourself in an underwater adventure with a dive trip to Los Haitises National Park. This natural barrier and protected area offers a unique opportunity to explore a diverse underwater world teeming with vibrant marine life and coral formations.
Diving in the park is suitable for divers of all levels, with many dive centers in Samana offering guided tours. Popular dive sites include ‘Los Carrillos’ and the coral labyrinth at the cape of Samana.
While the park is known for its impressive limestone formations and tropical mangroves, its underwater world is equally breathtaking. Expect to see a variety of marine life, from colorful tropical fish to fascinating coral species.
Water temperatures range from 79-83°F (26-28°C) in the summer and 75-79°F (24-26°C) in the winter, making it a year-round diving destination.
Sunbathe on the best beaches in Samana
The secluded beaches of the Dominican Republic are some of the most beautiful in the Caribbean, if not the world. Accessible by boat, Madama, Fronton and Rincon are all gems, each with its own unique character. Together they offer beach lovers the perfect combination of relaxation, snorkeling and fresh seafood.
- Madama Beach
- Fronton Beach
- Rincon Beach
Can’t decide between these beautiful beaches in Samana? No problem! Just know that a boat tour of all three will cost about CA $100 per person.