Samana Dominican Republic

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The Samaná Peninsula, which stretches from the Dominican Republic's northeastern coast and is bathed in the ocean, is a natural paradise that has been highly prized ever since it was discovered in the 16th century.

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While European and Haitian armies competed over its deep water and protected harbor, pirates hid in the lush, palm-filled jungles, lonely beaches, and hidden caverns that the island possessed.

Even though it is well accessible by land and air nowadays, Samaná, which is often truncated to refer to the entire peninsula, nonetheless maintains its status as the Dominican Republic's most remote and paradisiacal hideaway, complete with undeveloped beaches, coconut farms, and rainforests.

Its undulating mountains and valleys give birth to the crystal clear rivers that flow toward the dazzling white sand beaches that run for hundreds of kilometers all the way around the rocky coastline of the peninsula.

These rivers feed into the Atlantic Ocean. It almost seems as if the about 2,500 humpback whales that come to Samaná Bay each year love the natural magnificence just as much as the people who come to see it.

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The enormous creatures make their yearly pilgrimage to this unique region of the Dominican Republic in order to have their young, mate, and revel in the splendor of the lush tropical surroundings.

Other ecotourism activities are just a stone's throw away from Samaná, such as body-boarding and kitesurfing in Las Terrenas; hiking, birding, and caving in Los Haitises National Park; canyoning or horseback riding to reach El Limón waterfall; and boat-hopping to magnificent white sand beaches at the base of 90-meter (300-foot) cliffs, or to offshore Cayo Levantado island.

Whale watching boat excursions take place seasonally in Samana.

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Samana is also a great destination for those who prefer to travel on their own. The area's distinctively multicultural atmosphere is the result of the migration of thousands of Europeans who initially visited the region as tourists but eventually settled there permanently and founded companies.  

In Las Terrenas, European-style stores, bistros, and seaside lounges have taken the place of modest guesthouses and cafés serving French cuisine. However, the peninsula continues to preserve its rich cultural heritage.

Aside from croissants, you'll find a cuisine that's heavy on the flavors of coconut and shellfish. This is due to the impact of early inhabitants from the Canary Islands, as well as descendants of African American immigrants who arrived in the 18th century and continue to thrive today.

Despite the vast number of daytime tourists that go to Las Galeras in order to reach the famous Playa Rincón, the traditional way of life in the fishing town has not changed much.  

Prepare for days spent surrounded by one of the Dominican Republic's most magnificent beaches and rainforest escapes, where the echoes of merengue and bachata are never far away, wherever you choose to stay on the peninsula: perched in treehouses in El Valle, tucked away in an eco-cabin in Las Galeras, or nestled in a beachfront suite on glorious golden sands of Cosón.

The Samaná Peninsula may be accessed through the El Catey International Airport, also known as AZS. During the winter season, cruise ships make their stops in Samaná, which is located close to Cayo Levantado and the Bay of Samaná.

At Puerto Baha Marina, located on the northern tip of Samana Bay, sailing enthusiasts will discover complete docking facilities as well as slips that are capable of accommodating boats with a LOA of up to 150 feet.

By land, modern highways connect the peninsula to significant points. These routes include the Santo Domingo-Samaná Highway, also known as Route 7, and the Boulevard Turstico del Atlántico towards Las Terrenas. Both of these highways offer spectacular, meandering coastal vistas over the Bay of Cosón.

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