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Useful information for shore excursions in Samaná
We have put together all useful information about the most beautiful tourist attractions, a map of the cruise port as well as other tips for your cruise excursions in Samaná
The most beautiful attractions in Samaná
The nature reserve of the Samaná Peninsula located on the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic is as popular today as it was in the 16th century. Pirates hid in the lush, palm-covered forests, secluded beaches and hidden caves, while European and Haitian forces fought for their sheltered bay.
Today, Samaná is very well developed for tourism and attracts with its lonely beaches, coconut plantations, rainforests and an incredible palm density. Nature awaits you with a landscape of hilly mountains, valleys and crystalline rivers that flow into the Atlantic Ocean. Moreover, there are fantastic white sandy beaches stretching for many miles around the rocky coast of the peninsula.
It seems as if the approximately 2,500 humpback whales that visit the bay of Samaná every year also appreciate this natural splendor as much as the visitors. The giant mammals return each year to this special place to mate and give birth to their offsprings.
Thousands of Europeans came to Samaná as tourists and became residents and established businesses that give the area its unique cosmopolitan atmosphere. In Las Terrenas, French cafés and quaint inns are being replaced by chic boutiques, bistros and beachside restaurants.
But the peninsula also retains its diverse cultural heritage. Apart from the croissants, here you will find a cuisine rich with coconut flavors and seafoods – an influence of the early settlers and descendants of the 18th century immigrants who live here. The original fishing village of Las Galeras has retained its original charm despite the many tourists who flock to the famous Playa Rincón. The Bacardi island “Cayo Levantado” is particularly crowded when cruises call here.
Santa Barbara de Samaná
The city of Samaná itself is actually called “Santa Barbara de Samaná” in full name, but almost nobody uses that name. Along the Malecon on the Bahia de Samaná, you will find restaurants, hotels and shops. An evening walk on the promenade is a must. Immediately after the tender boats dock, you will find a row of colorful, creatively decorated Dominican cottages on the left. Stroll through the small streets in Samaná, you will find the small church La Churcha. It was consecrated in 1823 and is today considered the oldest church on the peninsula.
If you want to explore the sights of the area with a guided tour or on your own, you can start numerous shore excursions from Samaná.
Los Haitises National Park
Los Haitises National Park consists of mangroves, estuaries, bays and covers an area of approximately 39,540 acres. The park is easy to reach after a short boat ride through the bay of Samaná. It is known for its magnificent limestone caves with cave paintings of the Taino Indians and boat trips through exotic mangrove swamps. San Gabriel and Remington Caves were to serve as a temporary haven for pirates, including Roberto Cofresi and Jack Bannister. This national park now houses more than 100 species of birds, 90 plant species and a variety of mammals.
Humpback whale observation
Humpback whales spend the winter in the Caribbean and spend the summer in the north. Each year, humpback whales travel thousands of miles out of the cold polar seas to devote themselves to the finer things in life in the Dominican Republic – mating and giving birth to offspring. In the marine reserve of the bay of Samaná with tropical warm water, the humpback whales spend the period from mid-January to the end of March.
With one of the many whale watching trips you can get close to the fascinating animals. However, it can be a bit wobbly and bumpy on the ride. Make sure to pay a visit to the Whale Museum in Santa Barbara de Samaná. There you can catch up on the annual journey and the history of the humpback whales far away from the water.
El Limón Waterfall
In the small, pretty village of El Limón about 1.24 mi away you will find the beautiful waterfall “Salto del Limón”. With a drop of 164 ft, it is the highest waterfall in the Dominican Republic.
At the entrance to the waterfall there is a small village from where you can start your tour to Salto del Limon. In about 30 minutes you will make your way through the jungle riding on the back of a horse. If you prefer to reach the waterfall on foot, be aware that the path will lead through a river. The horse ride ends at a small restaurant. From up here you can admire the waterfall from afar. A short walk of about 10 minutes is still ahead of you and you will finally arrive at the foot of the waterfall. If you are brave enough, jump from one of the approximately 32.8-ft-high cliff into the refreshing water.
This theme park tells the story of the original inhabitants of the island – the Taino Indians. Dozens of life-size sculptures have been cast in a time-consuming, labor-intensive process to create the characters who tell this important story. Admire the colorful artworks that provide insights into the Taino culture and the first encounters with the overwhelming Spanish adventurers. Headphones are used to tell you interesting information about the individual stations in all common languages. The museum is open every day from 9AM to 6PM with the last entrance at 4:30PM
Map of the cruise port in Samaná
Samaná itself does not have its own port with cruise ship berths, meaning all ships lie on the road. Cruise ships anchor about 1.24 mi from the city. In 15 to 20 minutes you can reach the pier at the marina by tender boat. From there, the city can be reached on foot along the promenade.
If you book a shore excursion through us, you will of course be picked up directly near the landing stage of the tender boats. In addition, our cruise excursions usually take place in English.
Things to know about shore excursions in and around Samaná
Shipping companies and routes
Samaná is a small “cruise port” currently called almost exclusively by the shipping companies AIDA and Silversea during their Caribbean cruise.
Immigration and visa
U.S. citizens and also U.K. citizens must have a valid passport to enter Dominican Republic. No visa is required for stays less than 6 months if you have an onward or return ticket.
For more accurate and up-to-date information please contact your cruise operator regarding the valid entry requirements.
The official currency in the Dominican Republic is the peso (RD $ or DOP). Many places in the Dominican Republic also accept US dollar or euro. However, you shoud be careful because sometimes it can be more expensive to pay with foreign currencies. (1 dollar = 50 pesos; 1 pound= 65.76 pesos)
Taxi and other public transports
Taxis are available directly at the pier. The prices for taxi rides are shown on a blackboard.
The so-called guaguas (minibuses) always drive the same route and collect the people everywhere on their track if there is still room on board. They drive up and down all major roads. There are almost no bus stops in Samaná, only at the start and end points. To stop the bus, stand on the street and wave when the bus approaches.
Due to the always summery climate, the Caribbean is a year-round destination with temperatures of 25 to 30 °C / 77 to 86°F. Peak season is between November and March outside the rainy season. In the other months you have to expect rains and between July and October also hurricanes.
Video: Los Haitises National Park
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