The oldest building in Santa Bárbara de Samaná and a cultural heritage site, this 18th century wooden church was built by freed African-Americans. They emigrated to Samaná after the Haitian Government offered them free farmland during the Haitian occupation of Hispaniola island. To this day, La Churcha–the name is a Dominican twist on the English word “church”–practices the African Methodist Episcopal faith, and its attendees are descendants of African Americans. Its beautiful Gothic design, a stand out in the town, is a structure shipped directly from England in the early 20th century to replace its prior version. If you’re visiting during the summer, look out for traditional harvest festivals taking place on church grounds from June to October.

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Avenida de la Marina

The scenic Samaná Bay wins over every photographer’s eye. This seaside promenade is the heart and pulse of the town of Santa Bárbara de Samaná. Residents and visitors relax on shaded benches facing the bay waters to take in views of anchored boats, ready to whisk visitors and fishers.

Samaná, Family-Friendly, Iconic Sights

La Churcha

The oldest building in Santa Bárbara de Samaná and a cultural heritage site, this 18th century wooden church was built by freed African-Americans. To this day, La Churcha practices the African Methodist Episcopal faith, and its attendees are descendants of African Americans.

Samaná, Churches, Iconic Sights

Las Galeras

This remote fishing village is home to a handful of the DR’s most beautiful beaches, including the world-ranked Playa Rincón. Daytime crowds flock here to hop on a boat excursion to Playa Rincón, Playa Madama, and Playa Frontón.

Las Galeras, Samaná

Pueblo de los Pescadores

Smack in the heart of Las Terrenas, Pueblo de los Pescadores was originally the main landing site for the area’s fishermen. Over time, this beachfront evolved into a hub of seafront entertainment with its colorful row of trendy restaurants and bars.

Las Terrenas, Samaná

Santa Bárbara de Samaná

Hugging a breathtaking bay dotted with sailboats and flanked by verdant bluffs, this small waterfront hub retains its fishing traditions, but it’s also an eco-tourism destination thanks to the yearly visit of humpback whales. History and culture are also reflected in the diverse population, cuisine, and architecture.

Samaná, Family-Friendly, Iconic Sights

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