The journey 42-kilometer (26 miles) north of Santa Bárbara de Samaná leads to this 4 kilometers (1.2 miles) long golden stretch surrounded by a lush valley, flanked by towering bluffs, and dotted with fishermen canoes. Rustic and overwhelming in its green to turquoise scenery, the undeveloped Playa El Valle is a great spot to get away from the crowds. Take a stroll along its length, where you’ll spot fishermen bringing in the catch or heading out to sea. Enjoy a seafood lunch on the beach, and take long hikes amid this rugged landscape. When swimming, do stick close to shore as there are rip currents, particularly in the winter season. Even if you don’t swim, it’s a spectacular spot to take in the beauty of the Samaná Peninsula.

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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

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.

Samaná, Family-Friendly, Ziplines

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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