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SamanaDominican Republic

Delight in the simple charm of this port town that attracts tourists with a picturesque coastline and forests to be explored on horseback or by zip line.

Get in touch with the Dominican Republic’s natural offerings in the small seaside town of Samana. Stroll pristine beaches, explore forests or go boating out into the bay.

Begin each day along the Samana El Malecon, the town’s oceanfront promenade. Here you’ll find many of the town’s best restaurants and cafés for a satisfying breakfast, lunch or dinner by the bay.

Just a few minutes walk from downtown Samana, the Cayacoa Beach attracts hundreds of visitors on hot days. To experience one of the region’s prettiest beaches, buy a ticket for the boat from the Samana port to Cayo Levantatdo. This peaceful beach sits on an island in the bay and offers incredible views of the Dominican coastline.

Take a walk along Samana’s iconic Los Puentes, otherwise known as the “bridges to nowhere.” This 0.8-mile (1.3-kilometer) stretch of walkway was once intended to lead to a casino, but now serves as a great place to sit on a bench and watch the sun set over the island of Cayo Vigia.

Some of the region’s best features are outside the town limits. Take scenic daytrips to the mangrove swamps of Los Haitises National Park and spot dolphins in the San Lorenzo Bay. Hire a guide and ride on horseback to the superb El Limon Waterfalls. Samana’s popular zip-line tours take you on exhilarating rides over the lush forestland, with some lines descending 40 stories.

When the sun goes down, return to El Malecon, where bars, discos and outdoor terraces provide drinks and entertainment.

Samana is a town that provides all the necessities for a modern traveler. Enjoy the convenience of a supermarket, four banks and good telephone and internet coverage. An international airport also serves the town and is about 15 minutes away. Rent a car to get around outside Samana.

Where to stay in Samana

La Iglesia, Las Terrenas, Samana, Dominican Republic

La Iglesia

While visiting La Iglesia, you might make a stop by sights like Haitian Caraibes Art Gallery and La Iglesia Beach.

La Iglesia
El Centro, Las Terrenas, Samana, Dominican Republic

El Centro

If you're spending some time in El Centro, Haitian Caraibes Art Gallery and Plaza Rosada Shopping Center are top sights worth seeing.

El Centro

Top hotels in Samana

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Alisei
Hotel Alisei
3.5 out of 5
Calle de la playa, Francisco Alberto Camaño Deñó, Las Terrenas, Samana
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs7,227 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Las Terrenas resort is within a 15-minute walk of La Iglesia Beach, Beach Garden Plaza and Haitian Caraibes Art Gallery. Plaza Rosada ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (304 reviews)

"Been staying at Alisei for quite some time now. The hotel grounds are beautiful, the staff is super friendly and the food in the restaurant is delicious. The location of the hotel is also a huge plus."…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2020

Hotel Alisei
Xeliter Vista Mare - Free WiFi, Samaná
Xeliter Vista Mare - Free WiFi, Samaná
3.5 out of 5
Los Cacaos, Samana, Samana
The price is Rs9,477 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Samana aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Playa Las Flechas, Cayo Levantado and Cayo Levantado Beach. Marine Life Experience Cayo ...

4.2/5Excellent! (152 reviews)

"Great place in Los Cacaos Samana.Beautiful villas full equiped with the best view of Samana.The staff is very ptrofessional and friendly. I will like make special mentions at the following staff Karen (sales dpt ),Restaurant:Maria,Rodrigo y Treisy Reception:Daurekin,Maria y Telvis.Thanks so much ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2020

Xeliter Vista Mare - Free WiFi, Samaná
Bahia Principe Luxury Cayo Levantado - All Inclusive
Bahia Principe Luxury Cayo Levantado - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Isla De Cayo Levantado, Samana, Samana

Nestled on the beach, this Samana resort is within a 10-minute walk of Cayo Levantado and Cayo Levantado Beach. Marine Life Experience Cayo Levantado is 0.2 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (267 reviews)

"It was overall good. We had some weather issues, but that was not the resorts fault. The concerns we had where with the restaurants not being open regularly, out of the 5 they offer, only 2 where open. The buffet gets to be too boring night after night. Room was dated, and worn ... again not a huge ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020

Bahia Principe Luxury Cayo Levantado - All Inclusive

Popular places to visit in Samana

Cayo Levantado
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Cayo Levantado

5/5(1 review)

This idyllic island resort takes you out of everyday life and into a Caribbean paradise of palm-speckled beaches and villa accommodation. 

Samana Bay
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Samana Bay

4/5(2 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Samana Bay, a popular spot to commune with nature in Samana. Stroll along the beaches or experience the entertainment venues in this romantic area.

Rincon Beach
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Rincon Beach

5/5(2 reviews)

Frequently touted as one of the world’s best, this remote and immaculate white-sand beach is framed by palms and lush mountains.

El Salto del Limon
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El Salto del Limon

4/5(2 reviews)

White water plunges into clear blue pools in the middle of lush green forests at this dramatic waterfall, one of the Dominican Republic's most colorful sights.

El Limon Falls
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El Limon Falls

4/5(1 review)

Take a daytrip north of Samana to these waterfalls where you can swim, learn from friendly locals and ride on horseback through the mountainous landscape. 

Fronton Beach
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Fronton Beach

Why not spend a care-free afternoon at Fronton Beach during your travels in Las Galeras? Wander the gardens or discover the area's mountain views.

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22 Mar 2019

Beautiful nature, amazing beaches, fantastic sea. Outside of the hotel is poverty and this felt sad and a bit uncomfortable, not unsafe. This place could be a paradise but local people sadly live in poverty.

Cities near Samana

Las Terrenas showing general coastal views and landscape views

Las Terrenas

Rincon Beach showing tropical scenes and general coastal views

Las Galeras