Samaná is a wonder of nature. Seemingly endless stretches of soft white sand beaches are lapped by the serene waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Swaying coconut palms grow in abundance. In fact, this northeastern peninsula in the Dominican Republic is home to the highest density of these magnificent trees in the world. Before long, you’ll discover there are few experiences more refreshing than sipping fresh juice out of a coconut.
To explore further afield, zoom across the turquoise ocean by speedboat and reach wild, virgin beaches. Beneath the crystal-clear waters, snorkel or dive to spot a kaleidoscope of colourful fish darting amongst the corals. Marine wildlife here is abundant- visit between December and March and you’ll likely spot humpback whales in the warm waters surrounding Samaná.
Into the Wild
The National Park of Los Haitises– meaning ‘hilly land’ in the native Taino language- is truly breathtaking. Firstly, venture out by boat to the 30-metre high rock formations that rise steeply out of the water. Then explore along the bay, where tangled mangroves shelter a series of secluded cayes. Bird colonies flourish here, and commonly spotted species include the endangered Ridgway’s Hawk and the Hispaniolan Emerald, as well as pelicans, frigate birds and herons. What’s more, visitors will have the chance to explore Samaná’s secret caves engraved with mysterious petroglyphs and pictographs.
Deep within the tropical forests, the journey to El Limón waterfall is an adventure in itself. Begin on horseback or by foot, or go canyoning through El Limón river to reach the thunderous falls. Along the way you’ll admire native flora and fauna, from royal palm trees and pineapples to the Dominican Republic’s national bird, the Hispaniolan Woodpecker. Once you arrive, cool off with a revitalising dip in the emerald pool beneath the 52-metre tall cascade. The symphony of the surrounding jungle and the gushing water are wonderfully soothing.