Samaná

Like a large canvas of palm forests, intense blue beaches and white sands, Samaná showcases an almost unexplored tropical landscape that makes it one of the most interesting tourist destinations in the Caribbean region.

Its soil, covered with white, pink, green and gray marble, reminiscent of the Cretaceous period, is one of its richer mining resources. Every year, from January to March, humpback whales flee from the Arctic regions to procreate and care for their offspring in the coasts of Samaná.

Its floor, covered with white, pink, green and gray marble, reminiscent of the Cretaceous period, constitutes one of its main mining riches. Every year, from January to March, humpback whales flee from the Arctic regions to procreate and care for their offspring.

As soon as you reach the city, you can see “Cayo Levantado” against the coastline, which, surrounded by very calm, blue and green waters, marks the perfect contrast with the white sand that borders the islet.

Las Terrenas and Las Galeras are, together with the city of Samaná, the most attractive places in the province that make Bahía de Samaná a momentous historical enclave. When Christopher Columbus decided to return to Spain to inform about his findings to the Catholic monarchs, he discovered Bahía de Samaná, where the first skirmishes between the natives and the Spaniards took place in the New World. The place was called Golfo de las Flechas.

The joint work of natives and foreigners in Las Terrenas resulted in a small tourist city in which small hotels and cottages characterize the excellent quality of the hotel offer.

The palm forests and the semi-wild beaches give Las Galeras a rural feel that invites to relaxation and adventure with small accommodations with exquisite service.

Salto del Limón, about 40 meters high and about 300 meters above sea level, is one of its great resources. The adventure of getting to know it includes riding a horse to the outskirts of the waterfall and then taking a swim in the natural pool of the waterfall.

The virgin beaches, the keys, and the ports and Los Haitises National Park, are an essential part of the destination, which constitute a wide-ranging option for ecotourism lovers. The park has a humid forest with a broad diversity of flora and fauna. It also includes caves that were inhabited by the natives of the island at the time of the Discovery of the Americas. You can see countless pictographs and petroglyphs in the caverns.

The province offers diverse views, from beautiful beaches such as Las Terrenas, El Limón, Portillo and Rincón, to ecological getaways in ecotourism projects such as Eco Campo La Sangría, Clave Verde, Tree Houses, or Chalet Tropical.

Samaná also offers interesting excursions for whale watching, bird watching, visits to mangroves and to caves with rock paintings.

 

Did you know? The northern coast of the Samaná peninsula is within the protected area called Reserva Científica Santuario de Mamíferos Marinos Banco de La Plata y Navidad. The 30th anniversary of this marine sanctuary was celebrated in 2016.

 

There is an “iguanario” on the way to Las Galeras, in a place called Los Tocones, where you can go and feed the iguanas. And, in that same route, there is a community where you can learn how cocoa is processed.

For the more adventurous, lovers of gastronomic diversity and more active nightlife, Las Terrenas is an ideal place to vacation.

 

Did you know? The town of Las Terrenas has an extensive gastronomic offer, thanks to more than 40 small restaurants of different international specialties. French, Basque, Japanese or Italian cuisines are some of the possibilities offered in the area.

Did you know? President Juan Bosch International Airport, located in the community of El Catey, Samaná, has in operations since 2006.

 

Samaná has a tourist cluster that showcases a wide range of information about the destination and its gastronomic, cultural, historical and hotel offer in the area.

 

Links of interest:
Tourist Cluster of Samaná: http://gosamana.com

Samaná International Airport: http://www.aerodom.com/app/do/aeropuertos_samana.aspx
Hotel Villa Serena, Las Galeras: http://villaserena.com

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