The small, picturesque island of Cayo Levantado sits just five kilometers (three miles) from Samaná Bay, and boasts brilliant white sand and palm-fringed beaches. Spend the day swimming, sunbathing, kayaking or paddle boarding, and enjoying fresh fish.
Las Terrenas is the perfect blend of a dreamy beach village and a cosmopolitan town. Its waterfront boasts multiple stunning beaches, as well as a variety of small hotels, bistros, apparel and arts and crafts boutiques, and lively bars.
With beachfront bars where DJs spin the latest hits and nightclubs, Las Terrenas has the most active nightlife scene on the peninsula. Head over to Pueblo de los Pescadores, where a row of lively seaside lounges and bars offer happy hours, and the music gets louder after midnight until the wee morning hours.
Los Haitises National Park is one of the crown jewels of the Dominican Republic’s national park system. Los Haitises attracts numerous visitors who come here by boat to see its magnificent series of high rock formations; also, it boasts extensive mangroves along its bay, dotted with keys and caves.
Located on the north side of Samaná Bay, this full service marina offers all the modern bells and whistles, from a range of restaurants, to hotel lodging, and a residential community. Grab a cocktail yacht-side and relax by the swimming pool at Marina Puerto Bahía.
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.
Restaurants in Samaná pride themselves on serving fresh fish from Samaná and shrimp from Sánchez. Fishermen bring in the catch of the day to Las Terrenas and Las Galeras beaches, where guests staying in apartments can strike bargains with the fishermen and take home and cook the freshest seafood available in the country.
Enjoy the experience of grilled fish right on the beach with a piña colada made with fresh pineapple crushed inside a freshly picked coconut. Coconuts and ginger are key ingredients in Samaná food. “Pescado con coco” is the signature meal.
Mi Vieja on the Samaná highway to Las Galeras sells bread and sweets made in the traditional African-American style.
Pueblo de los Pescadores right on Las Terrenas beach is a string of many restaurants and bars.
You will find some of the better restaurants in the many small hotels in the area, including the Mi Corazón Restaurant in town with its award-winning chef.
Santa Bárbara de Samaná combines casino fun with a host of lounges and bars lining its scenic waterfront boulevard. After sunset, Avenida de la Marina takes on a new energy, with a handful of seafront trucks for refreshments, as well as casual bars and dance spots across the boulevard.
Samaná’s shopping is diverse and plentiful, offering both Dominican and international arts, crafts, textiles, and souvenirs. Boutiques and shopping centers stock designer beachwear apparel and accessories, as well as locally sourced jewelry, Taino-inspired ceramics, and Caribbean-inspired paintings.