Samaná Bay, Dominican Republic (with Map & Photos)

One of the most beautiful bays in the Dominican Republic is Samaná Bay, located in the north of the country, it is one of the must-sees during your trip. Its dreamy beaches with soft white sands framed by the colors of the Atlantic Ocean, create an admirable postcard.

Like most of the Dominican Republic, Samaná Bay offers settings of great attraction and tropical beauty, however, it is not a destination as well known as others, so you will have abundant vegetation, beautiful beaches and especially tranquility, not be so crowded with tourists.

The Samaná Bay is about 1,600 kilometers long and encompasses one end of the Los Haitises National Park. It is characterized by its islets, which are known as mogotes, and towards the interior it maintains a mountain range with elevations completely covered with vegetation and nature.

In addition to being a paradise of fine sands and crystal clear waters to enjoy the summer, it also has abundant vegetation to appreciate some of the most beautiful natural environments in the world. It is an idyllic mix between tranquility and natural adventure, together we will discover this charming destination.

What to see in Samaná Bay


This amazing bay is fed by the Yuna River, the second largest in the country, it is also the starting point for excursions such as Los Haitises National Park, Cayo Levantado and whale watching.

In fact, whale watching is one of the main and most sought after activities in Samaná Bay. They take place every year from mid-January to March, with the goal of seeing more than 1,500 humpback whales returning to mate or give birth in the warm waters of the Atlantic.

There are many activities you can do in Samaná Bay, from going on excursions to nearby areas or simply relaxing to enjoy the sun and sand.

Raised Key


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Raised Key

It is proper to say that Cayo Levantado is the most representative of Samaná Bay. This small islet is the place where humpback whales are sighted during the seasons from January to March. In addition, it offers a splendid landscape with the typical image of a tropical paradise, surrounded by palm trees, white sand and crystal clear waters.

It is located only five kilometers from the Samaná Bay, to reach it you can only do it by boat. It is also one of the favorite places for snorkeling due to the great variety of marine species under its waters.

Explore Las Terrenas


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Las Terrenas

It is a small municipality in the northeast of the Dominican Republic, specifically in the Bay of Samaná. It is very famous for being the area with the largest hotel offer and with the most visited beaches on the coast.

These incredible beaches that look like a photographic postcard attract many travelers during the year, who come to this part of the bay to be in absolute tranquility, and of course, to see landscapes of breathtaking beauty.

You also have the option of walking through the fishing village, where you will find a lively, traditional atmosphere with many handicrafts, as well as restaurants to try the delicacies of the region.

Los Haitises National Park


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Los Haitises National Park

It is one of the largest parks you can visit in the Dominican Republic. It covers an area of ​​up to 1,600 kilometers in which it houses mountains, mangroves, islets and even caves. For this reason, its impact on the public, who want to know it to admire such naturalness.

The easiest way to go is through a boat tour from Santa Barbara de Samaná, the trip lasts about 30 minutes. Among the unmissable natural wonders of the park, is the Cayo Pájaro, and its renowned Taino Caves with pictographs made by the aborigines of the region.

Cascada Limón


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Limón Waterfall

Another of the most visited points in the Samaná Bay. It is a famous waterfall about 50 meters high, which in its fall forms a natural pool. It is one of those places where the photographs are spectacular, and that is why it is so frequented by travelers to see the waterfall and bathe in its waters.

You can get to Salto del Limón by hiking, horseback riding or mule, making your way through the abundant vegetation. The duration of the tour is approximately 50 minutes that are well worth it, because throughout the way you will be able to observe the beautiful nature, flora and fauna that surround the area.

The bridges of Samaná


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The bridges of Samaná

You can cross the bridges to move from Cayo Linares to Cayo Vigía. They are accessed from the boardwalk that surrounds the Bay of Santa Bárbara de Samaná. Their objective is to facilitate communication between the keys, but they are also a symbol of the bay and a place to admire marine species.

With an extension of 700 meters, these bridges allow you to contemplate the sunset, the ocean, as well as observe a large number of marine species, such as starfish and puffer fish.

Santa Barbara de Samaná


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Santa Barbara de Samaná

It is the capital of the province, which although it is small and easy to navigate, has many things to do. It maintains the essence of a coastal town, with cultural, colorful traditions and an atmosphere that makes you feel at home.

On Avenida de la Marina, its colorful houses in pastel tones stand out, which offers a pleasant view and the usual place for locals and visitors to walk around.

As it is located on a boardwalk, it offers the opportunity to take walks by the sea, and is an excellent point for excursions in the surroundings. Another place that you cannot miss is the church of La Churcha, the most important and oldest religious building in the city.

Las Galeras


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Las Galeras

If after visiting Santa Bárbara de Samaná, you want more to know and experience the culture of the Dominican towns for your own experience, Las Galeras should be your next stop.

Located 28 kilometers northeast of Samaná, it is a town with beautiful architecture and atmosphere to enjoy. It also has amazing beaches, or the possibility of taking an excursion to the Boca del Diablo, an impressive set of geological formations. Another point of great interest in this area is the Hollow, where you will find a beautiful natural arch with a cliff from which to contemplate the ocean.

Whale watching


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Whale watching

As we mentioned at the beginning, this activity is one of the main reasons why tourists decide to visit Samaná Bay. The species of whale observed in this area is the humpback whale.

The period in which these giant animals appear on the shores of the bay is during the months of January to March. You will not always have the opportunity to see them, since even in some moments it is impossible to see any, but hopefully if you travel in those months, you will achieve it.

Either by boat or by boat, you can hire a tour or excursion that will take you to see them closely, and do not worry that these animals are quite used to the presence of travelers. An experience like few others in the world, seeing the greatness of the animal world and feeling so small before these huge marine mammals.

Best beaches in Samaná Bay

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Best beaches in Samaná Bay

Logically we are talking about a coastal area of ​​great tropical appeal, so a walk through the best beaches could not be missing from our itinerary. Although it is quite complex to decide whether one beach is better than another, since they all have the same beauty. However, there are two that stand out for their tourist offer, visual appeal and international recognition.

El Valle Beach


It is located 12 kilometers from Samaná, and is one of the best known for the incredible landscape that it shows you as soon as you arrive. In addition to its clean and clear waters, this beach is surrounded by mountains and trees, which makes it so attractive to tourists.

Rincon Beach


It has up to 3 kilometers of white sands bathed by crystal clear waters, just like a paradise straight out of a story. It has all the necessary elements to make your day at the beach a paradisiacal experience in every way. Restaurants and drinks are not lacking on this beach, although despite being very famous it is not so crowded, which will give you peace and tranquility in the midst of so much beauty.

Do you dare to visit Samaná Bay? A charming and beautiful place, with lots of nature, beaches, a traditional and Caribbean atmosphere. For something, it is a highly sought after destination not only by the inhabitants of the Dominican Republic, but also by travelers from all over the world.

Samaná Bay Map