Thousands of visitors flock to Samaná every year for its chief seasonal attraction: the equally large number of humpback whales that return to court, mate, and birth in the Atlantic waters off Samaná Bay–an area officially declared a Marine Mammal Sanctuary in 1986. Whale watching season runs from January 15 to March 30, with boat tours departing from Samaná Bay. But if you don’t get a chance to sign up for an excursion or visit in the off season, the small Museo de las Ballenas in the town of Santa Bárbara de Samaná offers interesting information on the gigantic mammals, and why they favor the Dominican Republic’s northeastern shores. Punta Balandra, on the road from Samaná City to Las Galeras, is also a good vantage point for spotting the 40-ton whales without having to get on a boat.

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Other attractions in Samaná


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.

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Juana Vicente Ziplines

Ten zipline courses running a length of 1,750 meters (1,087 miles) across 20 platforms take you flying above the peninsula’s gorgeous landscapes. You’ll glide above rolling hills, dense tropical forests, and take in panoramic, distant views of Los Haitises National Park.

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La Playita

Off the beaten track of Las Galeras village, La Playita is lovely white sand, crescent shaped stretch shallow enough to walk for several feet. With a beachfront casual restaurant–crystal clear azure waters, and distant views of Playa Rincón, it is a favorite among those who find its shores.

Las Galeras, Samaná

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

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