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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

Hermosa playa, paraíso terrenal!!

La Iglesia

4.5/5Wonderful!(27 area reviews)

While visiting La Iglesia, you might make a stop by sights like La Iglesia Beach and Punta Popy Beach.

La Iglesia
Hermosa playa, paraíso terrenal!!

El Centro

While visiting El Centro, you might make a stop by sights like Haitian Caraibes Art Gallery and Plaza Rosada Shopping Center.

El Centro
Bella

Playa Bonita

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Playa Bonita and surrounding area, you can visit Playa Bonita and Coson Beach.

Playa Bonita

Top Hotels in Samana

Hotel Alisei
Hotel Alisei
3.5 out of 5
Calle de la playa, Francisco Alberto Camaño Deñó, Las Terrenas, Samana
The price is $96 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

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! (311 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 Aug 11, 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 $128 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3

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! (153 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 Aug 4, 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 property 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 Mar 16, 2020

Bahia Principe Luxury Cayo Levantado - All Inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Samana

Xeliter Vista Mare - Free WiFi, Samaná
Xeliter Vista Mare - Free WiFi, Samaná
3.5 out of 5
Los Cacaos, Samana, Samana
The price is $128 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3

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! (153 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 Aug 4, 2020

Xeliter Vista Mare - Free WiFi, Samaná
Albachiara Hotel
Albachiara Hotel
3.5 out of 5
C/27 De Febrero Camino Playa De Popy, Las Terrenas, Samana
The price is $120 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Nestled on the beach, this La Iglesia aparthotel is just steps from La Iglesia Beach and Haitian Caraibes Art Gallery. Punta Popy Beach and Playa Bonita are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (207 reviews)

"Buena vista a la playa 🏖 la piscina 🏊‍♀️ muy buena las habitaciones me encantaron son como apt con su cocina"…"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

Albachiara Hotel
Louisa Aparthotel Las Terrenas
Louisa Aparthotel Las Terrenas
3.5 out of 5
Caamaño Deño Francisco Street, Las Terrenas, Samaná
The price is $114 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Situated in Las Terrenas, this beach aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Playa Ballenas and La Iglesia Beach. Beach Garden Plaza and Haitian Caraibes Art ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (71 reviews)

"- It is nice place and has a good location. - Breakfast it is very good and the employees are helpful."…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Louisa Aparthotel Las Terrenas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Samana

Top things to do in Samana

Reviews of Samana

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 61.53846153846154%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 24.358974358974358%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 10.256410256410257%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 2.5641025641025643%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.2820512820512822%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 28, 2020

Love samana

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 7, 2020

It seems that the beaches are not considered as important touristic spots: difficult access, a lot of garbage....

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 3, 2020

Paradise.

5/5 - Excellent

RuthieRohrbach

Dec 20, 2019

Samaná seemed like a nice town. We just walked around. I always felt very safe.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Sep 17, 2019

bad roads

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 5, 2019

Samana is a unique place, it has it all. perfect place for vacations, either with family or friends

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