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Scenic Attractions

Whale Watching in Samana

Every year thousands of Humpback Whales start their journey from the cold waters in the North Atlantic to the Caribbean. More than 1,500 of them visit the Bay of Samana each winter so at any given time during the season (January 1 to March 31), there are about 300 Humpback Whales in the Bay. Drive to Samana and Kim Beddall, a Marine Mammal

Specialist and will be your guide (809 538 2494) www.whalesamana.com You can also book through a tour operator and they will include transportation.

www.whalesamana.com

Salto El Limon

The waterfalls are wonderful. As you drive along the road in El Limon, locals will wave with horse in hand yelling “Las Cascada.” You can stop and let them be your guide by horseback. You can also book the excursion with a tour operator, like Flora Tours (809 240 5482)

www.flora-tours.net.
They will provide transportation, entrance fee, lunch and tip for the horse handler.

www.flora-tours.net

Los Haitises is famous for its limestone formations, caves, and grottoes filled with pictographs and petroglyphs left by indigenous Taíno Indians. You can not go there on your own as the park is accessible only by boat. You’ll sail around dozens of dramatic rock islands and spectacular cliff faces. Swirling above are hundreds of beautiful coastal birds.

Flora Tours (809 240 5482)
www.flora-tours.net

Arena Tours (809 968 5474)
www.arenatours-lasterrenas.com

Sports

Las Terrenas Sailing Club

Enjoy recreational sailing and lessons on Catamarans, Lasers Sunfish and Optimists for children starting at age 6. The Club is a member of the Dominican Sailing Federation and employs certified instructors.The Club also offers Sailing Camps during school vacation breaks. As guests of Monte Placido, you have free use of the sea kayaks and discount prices on rentals. The Sailing Club is located at the end of Las Ballenas Beach near Restaurant Sol & Mar.

Turtle Dive Center - Las Terrenas

The Turtle Dive Center is in El Paseo in Las Terrenas (829 903 0659) They offer lessons in diving and snorkeling. There are 12 dive sites within 20 minutes by boat where you can discover the wonderful world underwater. On a typical dive you might see sea fans,sponges, large Lion Fish, Fish Soldiers, Gireles and an occasional Barracuda or Moray Eel.

www.turtledivecenter.com

Zipline near Playa Valle

Walk the Plank Zipline Tour is an excellent excursion to do with friends, family and children. It’s an eco-tourism attraction for all ages that combines connecting with nature, flying into the forest, swimming in cascades and having lunch at the great “El Valle” beach. There are two zipline companies in Samana. The larger one is called “Walk the Plank.”

www.samanazipline.com

Horse Riding on the Beach

Who does not dream of riding on the back of a horse on a wild beach or to discover lush vegetation while crossing tropical paths? Either a beginner or an advanced rider, Rancho Playa adapts its excursions to any level. Please Contact +1 829 868 5233 , +1 829 750 3332
http://ranchoplayalt.com/

Massages in Casa Blanca, please contact Mariana +1 809 914 0793 
Tennis court in Residencia Esperanza, please contact Roberto at +1 829 329 7312.

 

Las Terrenas Kite Surf Club & Loco Kite

El Portillo Beach (5 minutes from Monte Placido) is a favorite spot for Kite Surfing. You can take lessons and have fun trying to master this thrilling sport.The Kite Surf Club office is in Punta Popy (809 801 5671). The beach at Punta Popy and at Coson are other popular Kite Surf destinations.

www.lasterrenas-kitesurf.com

Excursions

Boca del Diablo

Boca del Diablo means “mouth of the devil.” Finding it is a little adventure. Turn RIGHT off the Samana road just before the left turn that is signed for Playa Rincon. The road to your destination is very scenic, passing green pastures and towering rock formations. Boca del Diablo is the biggest blowhole on Samana. If the sea is rough you will see spray, but some days you can just feel the air gushing out. Once you hear it you will know why it is called the mouth of the devil.

ATV / Quad tours to the beach!

Quad excursions are exciting. No experience necessary. You can take a tour to the beach and enjoy a cool swim, then travel through the countryside stopping to feast on a typical Dominican meal of fish & chicken, rice & beans, salad, french fries or fried plantains

Excursions offered by

Flora Tours
www.flora-tours.net

Tour Samana with Terry
www.toursamanawithterry.com

Las Galeras

Las Galeras is a small fishermen’s village on the northeast coast of Samana. It is the perfect place for nature lovers to relax. You can find a boat to take you to Playa Rincon. At the Grand Paradise Hotel you will find the tour boat to bring you to the Aquarium Natural Kaio (809 883 8836) where you snorkel to see the fabulous fish. The Dive Academy (829 577 5548) in Las Galeras offers lessons and diving excursions. A favorite place to dine is El Cabito (829-697-9506). Perched on a sea cliff overlooking the bay, the food and the view are fantastic.

Breathtaking Beaches

Playa Las Ballenas

Playa Punta Poppy is the main beach of Las Terrenas, the most popular for tourists and Dominicans because it is the nearest beach and because it offers the services and entertainment opportunities. One can find many businesses like restaurants, bars, etc. where you can enjoy local fare and fresh fish, as well as an array of places to dance Bachata and Merengue. One can also enjoy activities such as Bocce Ball, windsurfing, or diving centres. Whatever you like, you can find it here!

Playa Bonita

This beach, about 10 minutes away (nearby), is one of the less-visited (at the moment) and least contaminated beaches by man. It is a true corner of paradise where tranquility and calm reign, where one may hear the soothing waves and birds singing while lying on the shore. From here you can arrive to Punta Bonita and its super crystalline waters forming a natural pool thanks to the surrounding barrier reef. Playa Bonita is considered the best beach of Las Terrenas. There is no barrier reef thus favoring the choppy seas great for enjoying many water activities like surf or Kite-surf, while on the other side the barrier reef forms an authentic natural swimming pool of crystalline clear waters.

Playa Coson

At about a 20 minute walk away you will arrive to Playa Coson beach, even more isolated and wild, where one can truly appreciate the beauty of the marine landscape alongside the Caribbean vegetation. There are very few restaurants offering fresh fish served Dominican style. A stroll along the evocative coastline offers a breathtaking Caribbean landscape view.

Playa Las Ballenas

Playa Rincon

Playa Rincón is considered one of the top beaches in the Caribbean. At the far right end is a sheltered area where you can snorkel. At the other end, cliffs tower over the turquoise water of an ice-cold river that runs down from the mountains and forms a splash pool. There are no facilities per se, but local ladies will sell you lobster and fish in coconut sauce with rice, and other creole dishes. You can reach Playa Rincón by boat (from Las Galeras) or by car. Driving takes about 50 minutes from Monte Placido. It is not far, but once you leave the main road it is bumpy and slow going down to the beach.

Playa Moron

The most remote beach of Las Terrenas, about 20 kilometers away, completely isolated and pristine. At Playa Moron, the landscape is absolutely beautiful and is without a doubt worth the effort. Upon arrival you encounter an open stretch of lawn after which you come upon a marvelous beach surrounded by palms and other exotic plants. The open sea is always agitated but always clean and clear. Thanks to its beauty, this natural bay has used in many cinema film sets

Playa Portillo

The most remote beach of Las Terrenas, about 20 kilometers away, completely isolated and pristine. At Playa Moron, the landscape is absolutely beautiful and is without a doubt worth the effort. Upon arrival you encounter an open stretch of lawn after which you come upon a marvelous beach surrounded by palms and other exotic plants. The open sea is always agitated but always clean and clear. Thanks to its beauty, this natural bay has used in many cinema film sets