The Samaná Peninsula is located in notheast part of the Dominican Republic. Unique, different and beautiful, it is geologically the oldest part of Hispaniola.
Samaná has always attracted visitors, although not so much for the undisturbed stretches of white, palm-fringed, sandy beaches as for its incredible Humback whale-watching excursions.
During January through March, about ten thousand of these amazing creatures return to this area from the North Atlantic, to nurse their young and mate. Boat excursions from the town's port take groups just outside the bay to witness these astonishing creatures in the sea. National and international efforts have been undertaken to protect these incredible mammals in the warm waters of the Dominican Republic. Other excursions in Samaná include walking the Bridge To Nowhere; a visit to Cayo Levantado or to Playa Rincón, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.
The bay is a famous breeding ground for fish and shellfish. Take advantage of the opportunity to eat and savour the fried fish served with coconut sauce, a unique local dish.
Up until a few years ago, Las Galeras was yet another small fishing village with untouched natural beauty. Probably due to its close proximity to Samaná. Since it's discovery the village has seen quite some growth, with new hotels, restaurants and shops. But because Las Galeras is not really located on the “beaten path”, and is a little more difficult to get to than many other tourism destinations, it has still managed to maintain its small village charm and laidback feel.
The key reason to visit Las Galeras is its tranquil horseshoe-shaped cove of powder white sand, clear Caribbean blue waters and picturesque surroundings. Horseback riding, snorkeling and diving, are the activities of choice here.
Playa Rincón is located in Las Galeras. Visitors can travel from “Las Galeras” either by road (35 minutes) or by small boats (20 minutes). Many people will gladly tell you that Playa Rincon is the most beautiful of all the Samaná beaches. It has even been listed in the top ten on “The World’s Most Beautiful Beaches” lists on numerous occasions. The uncultivated white sand beach along with its tropical setting and clear waters is one of the most serene views known to man.
Playa Rincón is an additional alternative full of adventures by the sea.