Lebawit Lily Girma, CNN • Published 7th March 2018
(CNN) — Tucked away on the northeastern tip of the Dominican Republic, stretched out into the Atlantic, the Samaná Peninsula enjoys a splendid isolation from the rest of the country.
This corner of the DR has long been synonymous with long, uncrowded, white-sand beaches flanked by mountains, craggy limestone cliffs with panoramic views and rolling hills blanketed in coconut trees. You could stand anywhere on the Samaná Peninsula, throw a stick, and it would likely hit a tree, sand or water.
Those who travel here often come in search of one of the most secluded and stunning beaches in the Dominican Republic: Playa Rincón, a dreamy three-mile long, undeveloped stretch on the peninsula’s easternmost tip.
But beyond this famous beach, the peninsula’s laid-back seaside towns and its rugged tropical landscape — a popular backdrop for feature films and series — make it a destination ripe for outdoor adventures on or off the water.
You can watch humpback whales in the Bay of Samaná (in season through March), hike the Taino cave-riddled forests of Los Haitises National Park and ride the Atlantic waves in Las Terrenas.