Samana is the name of the peninsula and its biggest town, as well as the bay. It is a dramatically beautiful peninsula, like an island unto itself, of coconut trees stretching into the sea.
The town of Samana as well as Las Terrenas (distance 35km) is a scenic, beautiful and peaceful port, with friendly and easy-going Dominicans, living their life with tourism, agriculture and fishing activities, all set to the beat and rhythms of Merengue, Bachata and Salsa music. The Malecon (seaside promenade) in Samana and Las Terrenas are perfect for strolling by day and night. It is the perfect place to while away the evening in a relaxing atmosphere in one of the many surrounding restaurants and bars. In Las Terrenas people gather around the centrical seaside terraces of "El pueblo de Pescadores" with breathtaking views of the coastline and beaches in both directions. Nightlife of Las Terrenas is famous and very exotic!
Hundreds of fantastic beaches surround the peninsula of Samana, which can be explored during a day trip or for the whole weekend.
Cayo Levantado is a little island in Samana Bay. The tiny island lies just off the village of Samana. The sand is white and powdery, the turquoise waters are crystal clear and perfect for snorkeling.
Just 20 km outside of Samana you can hike or ride on a horse through the exotic forest and find yourself at the bottom of a spectacular waterfall 55 meters high! An unforgettable discovery in the heart of the jungle.
Another genuine trek into the Dominican wilderness leads through Los Haitises National Park. Haitises means "highlands" or "mountain range" in the Taino Indian language (the Dominican Republic's original inhabitants). As part of the largest estuary in the insular Caribbean, the national park offers a rich variety of natural wonders to explore, including: large expanses of untouched mangrove forests, humid subtropical forest, sea grass beds, pirate hideouts, and pristine keys scattered along the length of the coast.
From mid-January to late March the bay is home to to some of the world's best whale-watching.
The peninsula of Samana is a natural treasure. Wild, verdant, with bays, waterfalls, coves , mountains and awe-inspiring views - there is lots to explore. This webpage offers more information about the region.