Well out on a northern peninsula, Samaná is still a bit of a secret destination among Dominican Republic fans. Its isolation has kept it more unspoiled than other resort areas, but thanks to a new modern airport and increased development activity, the area is sure to gain in popularity.
Whale watching is the most famous activity in this part of the DR, but there are fantastic beaches and beautiful jungle settings as well. If you are looking for a resort area with far more Europeans than Americans then Samaná is a good choice.
Samaná has a few cheaper hotels, but it’s mostly mid-range beach resorts for the European crowd, so it’s not an ideal stop for those on very tight budgets.
Where to stay
There are currently still fewer than 20 major resorts and hotels in Samaná, but the area is set to continue its expansion. There are also quite a few casual hotels and lodges available for those who don’t need any luxury or a spot on the beach. The all-inclusive resorts in the area offer much better value if you can get a good promotional package price.
Unless you are driving in a long distance from another part of the DR you’ll be flying into the Samaná El Catey International Airport, which only opened in 2006. It has a large enough runway to land widebody planes from North America and Europe, so it should continue to gain popularity as the area expands its resort selection.
Nonstop flights from:
San Juan, Miami, Montréal-Trudeau, Quebec City, Toronto-Pearson, London-Gatwick, Manchester, Lisbon, Milan, Stockholm