Las Terrenas is reached by two main roads: one from Sanchez at the western end of the peninsula and the other from the city of Samana by way of the village of El Limon and the resort at El Portillo. Both roads follow a winding route over the mountains and through the lush valleys across the peninsula and provide a scenic and sometimes spectacular...more
Stayed the first week of March 08. The weather was great, it rained a couple of times for 10 min. or...more
Local foods include (in addition to beans and rice) yami, yucca, platinos. The main dish will not only be chicken, pork or fish, but also goat and various kinds of seafood including lobster, shrimp, crab, conch (lambi) and octopus.For a snack you can have mangoes, pineapple, bananas, guava, chinola, and "coco frio"- fresh, chilled,...more
If you want to go from Las Galeras to i. e. Santa Barbara de Samana, use the local transportation: the Guaguas. That is in most cases a pickup, sometimes a small busstation: in Las Galeras direct on the end of the way to the beachdirection: Santa Barbara de Samanano timeschedule- starting is mostly it the guaguas is fullbest place: inside, direct...more
This is the place to be if you are looking for absolutely quiet and nothing to do. Of course you can...more
Le Tainos is a very special place in Las Galeras.Situated in the Main Street under a thatch roof, the restaurant combines the traditional dominican architecture with a modern french design.The fully stocked bar is impressing, offering what is probably the best selection of liquors of the Samana peninsula, and maybe the whole island.The food is...more
The many stands on the way to and from the pier (depending on where you're going to) have very nicely crafted jewelry made with Dominican larimar, amber and other stones like jade. You can also find nice paintings, coffee, rum and other Dominican crafts. The question is what *not* to buy. I wanted to take everything home hehe. Haggle as much as...more
There are boats that go between the island and the mainland. As far as I know that should be arranged from the mainland as you tell them what time you want them to pick you up but I'm sure there are boat people on the island that can take you to the mainland and back if your cruise ship stopped at Cayo Levantado instead of Samaná. Insider tips: (1)...more
Santa Bárbara de Samaná
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
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
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