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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
We were looking forward to try something different from the buffet option but we were a little disappointed. The only dishes that were excellent were the starters (caprese salad for me, beef carpaccio for Mr Sweden). I ordered a Roman saltimboca (beef filled with ham) with potatoes and spinach with garlic and Mr Sweden chicken breast parmesan...more
This was where breakfast was served. I didn't try all 4 restaurants at the hotel but this was by far the best of the 2 I did try. The food was great and the staff was always very attentive towards us guests. plus for having a different theme dinner every night: Friday was Dominican and Saturday luxury dinner.more
If you want to drive to Samaná from SD you have the choice of driving through Cotuí (Sánchez Ramírez province) or through Bonao (Monseñor Nouel province). We took and I recommend to take the Bonao route because the road is in better condition that the other one. You start in Santo Domingo and take the Highway 1 towards Bonao/La Vega/Santiago, then...more
Metro bus company has buses departing from Santo Domingo, I believe, twice a day. Caribe tours has 6 daily departures, 3 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. These buses stop a few times to pick up or let off passengers. The total traveling time is about 4 hours.The fare at either bus terminal should be around 200 pesos or 5-6US.more
The hotel beach is rocky and with sea shell pieces, so don't get in barefoot. At the same time this makes for a great foot massage as the waves go in and out.
Our ship came in to this port, but had to anchor out and tender in to the village. Although docking facilities were originally announced as an ambitious part of the original Samana Harbor project, until considerable deepening of the harbor is accomplished, cruise ships have to anchor in Samana Bay. By Oct. '00, The first stage of the harbor project was almost completed with the promenade and quayside park finished.
Dredging of the proposed private yacht marina and harbor channel was going take several months longer. After a short delay during the transition of the new government and after "financial irregularities" by the original contractor were earlier reported by the news media, a second contractor has been appointed to work with the original contractor and complete the project. Much to the relief of Samana area residents, Dominican Republic President Hipolito Mejia has vowed to complete the project.
Equipment: The plan for the harbor is to have a yacht marina with several hundred slips, a pier for ocean liners to tie up to, a man-made beach, an amusement park, a water theme park, several large first-class hotels and in addition, involves a complete revitalization of the harbor and adjoining downtown areas.
In 2007. about all there was, was the cruise ship tender dock and a sign (photos 2 and 5)
One of the main activities of this area is whale watching. In the winter the whales come down to calve and hang around until the calf gets big enough to go north. We have done this here and in Alaska and it is very interesting.But what many people miss is the whale museum which has a lot of information on the local ecology - not just the whales,...more
Cruise ships come to visit the Dominican Republic at a port in Samaná. I think the name of the village at the port is Santa Bárbara de Samaná, but most of the stuff written about it talk as if the name is just Samaná. The port is a lovely horseshoe of sand with a promenade along it (photos 2, 4 and 5)We went on a Samaná Highlights tour, which took...more