Santa Bárbara de Samaná Things to Do

  • Another whale watching boat
    Another whale watching boat
    by grandmaR
  • People watching for whales
    People watching for whales
    by grandmaR
  • Whale at surface
    Whale at surface
    by grandmaR

Best Rated Things to Do in Santa Bárbara de Samaná

  • marielexoteria's Profile Photo

    Day trip to Cayo Levantado

    by marielexoteria Updated Feb 25, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Cayo Levantado

    Cayo Levantado is an island off the Samaná peninsula. It takes about 20 mins by boat and it has beaches with blue turquoise water and fine white sand. See my Cayo Levantado page for more tips.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • marielexoteria's Profile Photo

    Whale watching

    by marielexoteria Updated Feb 25, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The whale!!!!
    1 more image

    One of the most incredible experiences for me is to see the whales in Samaná. They're here between mid January and mid March to mate and give birth to young whales. When I was there the whales were a little shy and we only could see a little less than "half" the one (just the back and tail fins) due to someone else on my tour got too scared to continue but all in all, it's a powerful experience seeing this mighty creatures when they come to mate and give birth to their young.

    Whale watching tours are arranged all around Samaná and even from Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo and Punta Cana. Always book your tour with a reputable tour company like the one at your hotel (see a separate tip about tour companies).

    Related to:
    • Whale Watching
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • marielexoteria's Profile Photo

    The hotel beach

    by marielexoteria Updated May 9, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Kayaking close to the beach
    2 more images

    The beach the hotel had access to has fine sand but it's mixed with shell pieces and small rocks, which is why it's not that good to walk barefoot. However, it's quite fine for laying on, on top of a towel or on a chaise long. It's also here where some of the animation stuff happens, like a game of croquet and Spanish lessons.

    Related to:
    • Spa and Resort
    • Beaches
    • Adventure Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • alfredop's Profile Photo

    Day trip to Cayo Levantado

    by alfredop Written May 21, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Boat to Cayo Levantado

    A short boat ride off the north coast will take you to the island of Cayo Levantado (Bacardi Island), with its beautiful white sand beaches.

    You can't just miss the trip to Cayo Levantado, you'll find the best beaches in Dominican Republic. Try not to go there on a weekend or high season because it will be crowded. Take the boat trip there and enjoy. The last boat back departs at 6pm so be warned and don't loose it!

    Was this review helpful?

  • grandmaR's Profile Photo

    Whale Museum (Musea de la Ballenas Jorobadas..)

    by grandmaR Updated Mar 1, 2013

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    From behind whale skeleton.
    4 more images

    The first time we were in Samana, the guide took us around the peninsula and we ended up at the Whale Museum and Nature Center ( Centro de la Naturaleza ) Most of the signs are in Spanish, but he gave us the tour in English. Information in English is available at the entrance. The C.E.B.S.E. (Center for Conservation and Ecodevelopment of Samaná Bay and Its Environment) manages this facility, which features a 40-foot female humpback skeleton.

    Cost: RD$75
    Hours: Mid-Jan.--mid-Mar., daily 8--5; mid-Mar.--mid-Jan., weekdays 8--3

    Related to:
    • Museum Visits
    • Budget Travel
    • Whale Watching

    Was this review helpful?

  • grandmaR's Profile Photo

    Whale Watching

    by grandmaR Written Mar 1, 2013

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Whale at surface
    4 more images

    On our second trip to Samana, we were there at a time of year for whale watching. Our tour was arranged by the ship

    Our boat was a big catamaran. We went out to the whale watching area but we had to wait because only 3 boats are allowed at a time. Taking pictures was difficult because the action was so quick and it was not helped at all by the boat rising and falling with the waves which made it difficult to get the whales into the picture.

    When it was our turn we saw a mother and baby - the baby leaped out a couple of times and the mother lifted her tail up out of the water. They allowed some people with big cameras up onto the top with the captain where it was easier to see.

    We were out there about half an hour in the close in area. Some people said that they did not see any whales on the ship's tours, but I think they must have been on a later boat. Also this is fairly early in the whale watching season.

    Then we went back to the ship.

    Related to:
    • Cruise
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Whale Watching

    Was this review helpful?

  • jonvelas's Profile Photo

    What to Do and See in Samana - General Information

    by jonvelas Updated Oct 14, 2011

    2 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Town of Samana - Santa Barbara de Samana

    For anyone who wants to discover the wonderful region of Samana, Dominican Republic.

    You can find more information at the new website of the town of Samana.

    Here is the link :

    http://gosamana-dominicanrepublic.com

    Enjoy our beautiful Samana !

    Related to:
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Budget Travel
    • Food and Dining

    Was this review helpful?

  • marielexoteria's Profile Photo

    Architecture: Pueblo Príncipe Hotel

    by marielexoteria Written Feb 25, 2008

    3 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Pueblo Pr��ncipe hotel

    I liked the way the building of this hotel contrasts and at the same time blends with the surrounding architecture. What caught my attention was the different colors they used on it.

    Related to:
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • marielexoteria's Profile Photo

    El Malecón

    by marielexoteria Written Feb 25, 2008

    3 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    El Malec��n and the Saman�� keys 1
    3 more images

    A malecón is what we call the oceanfront view avenue by the sea. This one is particularly beautiful because of the view of the Samaná keys.

    Was this review helpful?

  • marielexoteria's Profile Photo

    Los cayos de Samaná (the Samaná keys)

    by marielexoteria Written Feb 25, 2008

    3 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The keys from the hotel
    2 more images

    Samaná has some small islands, a few connected by a bridge, and those constitute the Samaná keys. We only walked from the hotel to the first one.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Eco-Tourism

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Santa Bárbara de Samaná

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

88 travelers online now

Comments

Santa Bárbara de Samaná Things to Do

Reviews and photos of Santa Bárbara de Samaná things to do posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Santa Bárbara de Samaná sightseeing.

View all Santa Bárbara de Samaná hotels