The Samaná Peninsula may just be the Dominican Republic’s best-kept secret. Samaná offers everything you need to feel a part of nature at its wildest.
Almost all of the province’s economy revolves around the beach destinations of Las Terrenas, Las Galeras, Portillo, Cosón, Playa Rincón and Playa Bonita, although the Salto El Limón waterfall also deserves a visit.
Samaná is an incredibly diverse peninsula. It has a unique environment, with green palm tree lined hills creating a stark contrast up against unspoiled white beaches. There is much to discover in this natural paradise, including the world’s largest coconut plantation.
Samaná is an ecological paradise. Here, you can go to Los Haitises national park to see mangrove swamps, islets, and caves with cave art. Other highlights include Salto El Limón [waterfall], Cayo Levantado [islet] and humpback whale-watching from the middle of January until mid-March. There are great places to go mountain biking, hiking, riding in 4×4 vehicles or horseback-riding. Just a 10 minute boat ride away, the other side of the bay has the Paraíso Caño Hondo eco-tourism project with incredible inland streams.