Pack your bags and travel with Vacation to Samaná, a tropical peninsula in the Dominican Republic that edges out into the Caribbean Sea. In just its name only, this under-the-radar secret seems to conjure up thoughts of a tropical paradise that welcomes frigid travelers in need of a warm getaway in the winter. With traditional charm, a laid-back vibe and strong European influences, the Dominican Republic’s lesser-known peninsula is a relatively untouched Caribbean gem ready for you to explore.
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Although some of the coastal scenery lives up to most people’s conventional idea of a Caribbean resort, there’s something different about Samaná. It seems more laid-back than some of the highly-developed destinations in the region. There’s a palpable European feeling to the place, reflecting a mix of influences that includes French and Italian. The scenery matches the dramatic coastline, with coconut trees lining the foothills of the green mountains that rise up into the interior.
What Are We Doing When We Get There?
Most people stay in Samaná to escape the crowds on the more developed beaches, walking the pedestrian-only paths to find a sandy spot to call their own. Try looking for some of the region’s best and most secluded beaches. Playa Rincon, Cayo Levantado and Playa Las Flechas are truly world-class beaches. Head slightly inland to marvel at the impressive, 150-foot high waterfall Cascada El Limón and the spectacular Boca del Diablo (Devil’s Mouth), a natural blowhole near Playa Rincon. Nature lovers will also enjoy a visit to Los Haitises National Park. Go birdwatching for indigenous wildlife, or go spelunking to check out ancient petroglyphs and pictographs in a series of caverns.
Whale Watching… Wait, What?!
In addition to the National Park and beaches, Samaná is paradise for whale lovers. It’s renowned for its amazing whale watching opportunities. A Vacation travel agent can book one of several tours that take you out among the migrating humpback whales. While out at sea, you can hear the male humpback’s haunting courting song, as well as witness breaching and other displays of aquatic athleticism by one of the most active species of whale.
Vacation Expert Tip: More than 10,000 whales pass the peninsula during the migration season. The best time for whale watching is between January and March.
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