In Samana an intriguing hike or an inviting beach is never far away. The diverse peninsula geography includes tropical rainforests, mountain wilderness, mangrove swamps, azure waters and everything in between. Each setting is a playground for the sports nut. And the forgiving climate means it’s always a good time to run, hike, climb, raft, dive or pedal.
To fully appreciate the majesty of the Dominican countryside, visitors must get out and experience the many superb hiking paths (most are located within the national parks system; permits and guides may be required). But there’s much more to do than lacing on a pair of boots and taking a stroll through lush, floral landscapes: canyoning (a combination of hiking, rock climbing, repelling and swimming), cascading (scrambling up waterfalls, sliding down water chutes), whitewater rafting and mountain biking opportunities are never far away.
And if it’s preferable to let the horse carry the load, several resort properties offer guided horseback riding excursions to both subtropical forests and sandy beaches.
Working Out Outdoors Gets You In Better Shape!
The Best Gym In The World Is Free — And Right Outside
Inconsistent Terrain Amplifies Workouts
What experienced hikers know long time is that if you keep your body guessing, then you keep progressing! There’s a reason High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is gaining in popularity — it’s one of the most effective ways to maximize your workout, burn calories and build muscle. The inconsistent terrain of outdoor trails provides endless variation.
Time Outdoors Rebalances Hormones
Just 20 minutes in deep nature begins to rejuvenate your body and floods it with hormones that counteract the stress-inducing effects of our urban, digital lives. Time spent outdoors is proven to lower cortisol and rebalance the mood. With this reduction in cortisol, your body will shed fat easier — another benefit to the great outdoors.
While deep nature will yield best results, nothing can top the lush landscape in Samana, world-renown for some of the most breathtaking and invigorating caribbean places there are.
The Water Beckons
The warm waters and high winds of the North Coast are seductive to surfers, windsurfers and kiteboarders. The choppy waters are excellent for bodysurfing and boogie boarding. Samana considered one of the top kiteboarding and windsurfing places in the world; Outfitters offer lessons and equipment rentals.
The coral beds that fringe the island offer exceptional scuba diving and snorkelling, suitable for both beginners and experienced divers. Take the plunge and explore centuries-old shipwrecks and diverse coral reef formations teeming with colourful marine life.
Year-round play and a selection of world-class courses make the Dominican Republic among the Caribbean’s most popular golf destinations. There is a course layout to suit every skill level, from resort play to championship courses with enviable pedigrees (including designs by Jack Nicklaus, Pete B. Dye and Tom Fazio). Punta Cana, La Romana, Playa Grande and Playa Dorada have must-play layouts on the best course lists.
The mission of the Las Terrenas Sailing Club is to promote sailing in the Samana region. To instruct children and adults in sailing for pleasure and sport. To foster nautical safety and good sportsmanship, providing opportunities for members to engage in Regattas. To nurture young champions, and to encourage sociability, friendship and environmental responsibility.
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