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On the Samaná Peninsula, nature occurs in the drama of green, jungle-draped mountainsides, the sensuous curve of a perfect powder-white beach, the sight of a mother whale and her calf frolicking in the deep ocean waters. These are the images that first-time visitors take home from Samaná, inspiring them to return again and again.

“We came to Las Terrenas, saw it transform into a multicultural expat beach haven where chic European women drive their ATVs down the dusty beach road to the supermarket, their designer handbags slung over their shoulder and baguettes in tow. Las Terrenas feels a little rough around the edges with a hint of European sophistication, and today, Las Terrenas is a vibrant international community with residents from all over the globe.”

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All of the properties in the ImmoMexx  collection feature open-air dining areas perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner alike, with some even equipped with alfresco kitchens and barbecues making life in the great outdoors even easier! Whether on your sleek villa terrace, steps away from the beach, beneath the trees, amongst beautiful gardens or shaded by the pool, there’s something about eating in the open air that makes everything taste just that little bit more delicious…

Playa Bonita Residences

It was Christopher Columbus himself who landed in 1493 on Playa las Flechas in Samana. The indians who encountered Columbus were the Cigayos and helped him to gain colonial power in the region for centuries. The Spaniards then established Santa Barbara de Samana in 1756.  A few decades later they traded the land off to Napoleon Bonaparte. The French in turn, later were forced out by the British and Haitians.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Meanwhile colonial-era pirates infested the area and plundered whichever ships were present at any given time. The 19th century brought American influence to Samana. Today Germans are in Samana, along with French,  Italians, Spanish, British, Swiss, Dutch and other Europeans – in the form of hotel and restaurant owners.  

Multicultural mix of people

That explains the multicultural mix, but the peninsula  retains the feel of the authentic Caribbean, and it`s remote enough to retain the natural beauty and tranquil charm that make it one of the most alluring corners of the Dominican Republic.

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Samana is in the Dominican Republic, which in its turn is part of the island of Hispaniola, one of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean.  The island’s majestic territory was described by Columbus as “the most beautiful land in the world”, and to this day Samana is recognised as the gemstone in the crown of the beautiful Dominican Republic. It is truly one of the country’s greatest destinations.

Many direct flights to the Dominican Republic

Unlike many, smaller Caribbean islands, there are lots of direct flights to the Dominican Republic from Northern and Southern America,  Europe, Russia and the far east in the near future.  It has 13 seaports,  9 international airports and a fully revamped highway system.

Airlines with direct flights from Europe are:

Iberia, British Airways, Air France, Plus Ultra, Air Europa, Eurowings, TuiFly, French Blue, Air Berlin, Eastland Air, Neos Airlines, El Al and Rossiya Airline.

Airlines from North America are

Air Canada, Air Transat, WestJet, Delta Airlines, American Airlines, United, JetBlue, Sunwing Airlines, Southwest Airlines and  Frontier.

Airlines from South America are

Copa Airlines, Pawa Dominicana, Avianca, Aeromexico, LAN, TAM, Wingo, Latin American Wings, Dynamic Int. Airways  and  Aerolineas Argentinas.

The weather throughout Samana is constantly superb. Never more than three degrees will separate the average air temperature from the average sea temperature on this beautiful lush peninsula, which results in an ideal climate for all kind off outdoor activities. In Samana, there is generally just one season only; that’s summer.

Just one season only; that’s summer.

The climate on the island is a semi-tropical maritime climate, with a temperature averaging about 26°C for the majority of the year. This makes this location in the Dominican Republic stunningly idyllic and perfect for a beach holiday— really all-year round.  Sunshine is also reliably consistent throughout the entire year. The average number of sunshine hours per day ranges between 7 in December to 9 in April and from June through to September.

 

To summarise; Samana, one of the Dominican Republic’s greatest destinations, a wonderful place for a sun-sand-and-sea holiday pretty much all-year round. All major weather factors, from sunshine to air and water temperature, are amazingly constant. The only variable, really, is the amount of rainfall. Typically, December through to March is the driest part of the year; August through to October mostly the wettest part of the year.

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SAMANA LIFE IS ALL ABOUT LIVING THE AUTHENTIC CARIBBEAN DREAM IN YOUR VERY OWN (SECOND) HOME

…. some words on the barefoot, flip flop or Margaritaville lifestyle of Las Terrenas 

Las Terrenas is an authentic caribbean seaside enclave you probably don’t know about-but should. But Las Terrenas is no typical Caribbean beach town. Scratch the surface and you find one of the most interesting expat communities anywhere in the world. What sets the DR apart from other islands is its more sophisticated lifestyle — one that is strongly European. Santo Domingo, the oldest permanent European settlement in the New World, boasts impressive colonial architecture, along with modern shopping options. In the most appealing spot in the DR, you won’t have to worry about being the first expat in town. In Las Terrenas you’ll be welcomed by locals and expats alike. And you’ll enjoy a wide range of international products thanks to a diverse and multicultural local community.

Kathleen Peddicord, Live and Invest Overseas

Chic European women drive their personal ATVs down the dusty beach road, their designer handbags slung over their shoulder, baguettes in tow. My first impression of Las Terrenas was an image I conjured from Lonely Planet’s guide to the Dominican Republic . This expat haven I kept reading about formed a mental picture of a scrappy beach town on a French island like Martinique or Guadeloupe; a little rough around the edges with a hint of European sophistication- just the way I like it.  As we were walking out of a restaurant, the table of expat/locals bade us farewell and seemed genuinely happy and excited that we were participating in their community. It was refreshing, invigorating and delightful. NO WONDER people visit Las Terrenas and don’t want to leave!

Lindsay, The Traveluster

Top Reasons Samana Is The Best Of The Best In The Caribbean

(Read:  This will make you extremely happy)

1. Money

Your dream home at the beach at a fraction the cost. It’s hard to think of anywhere in the Caribbean that matches the opportunities on the Samana Peninsula in the DR to build or buy your dream home—at the beach, with stunning views, in an uncrowded location—for such an unbeatable low cost. High value to money.

2. Weather

The Samana Peninsula truly is blessed with unbeatable weather conditions. When living in the Dominican Republic, you enjoy summer temperatures and sunshine all year-round (average temperatures are between 73 and 87 degrees)… along with a nice Caribbean breeze, so it doesn’t feel that intensely hot. Just perfect.

3. Nature

Apart from the white sand, swaying palms, and turquoise waters that we all expect from the Caribbean, the Samana Peninsula is also home to lush forest, mountains, waterfalls, coral reef, as well as rare bird species… and year after  year it’s a favorite stopping-off point for migrating humpback whales from January through March.

4. Living Cost

Forget your idea of Caribbean pricing. You can live very well in the Dominican Republic on just US$1,355 a month (including many luxuries that you would have to do without on this same budget back home). Your weekly food shopping for two is about US $120,=  , including your  grocery items and delicious fresh fish, fruits, and vegetables.

5. People

Truly friendly people. The locals here are not just welcoming of new people — they go out of their way to help. Around the town of Las Terrenas, you will find lots off European expats that have been living there for decades.…  and a growing number of U.S. expats. Its very strong community spirit is what entices people to stay there.

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