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samana has it all 2017-06-02T18:15:57+00:00

SURPRISES

START YOUR JOURNEY.

The Dominican Republic provides you with the biggest surprises of your journey. First, Santo Domingo, the capital. One has read often enough of Santo Domingo’s old buildings—the New World’s first cathedral, first university  and first hospital.

But one has never quite registered that they combined into what is still a recognizable medieval city, complete with fortifications, a castle, and old stone streets—an ensemble that, if it had been in Europe, would be worth three stars in anyone’s Michelin. Not only that, it has been imaginatively restored and at the same time has managed to avoid the theme park flavor of old San Juan.

THE BEACHES

ENDLESS AND PRISTINE STRECHES…

The beaches are the other surprise. There has been much Spanish costa-style development, especially in Punta Cana. But drive three hours eastward, along the good roads from Puerto Plata (the main tourist zone on the north of the island) to the Samaná Peninsula, and you find untouched beaches to equal or surpass any in the Caribbean. Just to name a few:

  • Playa Rincon ranks in the top of most famous beaches

  • Playa El Valle is the secret virgin beach of Samana

  • Playa Ermitaño  is only accessible by boat.

  • Playa Frontón boasts some of the area’s best snorkeling.

LAS TERRENAS

COOL CARIBBEAN TOWN.

On the north side of the peninsula, at Las Terrenas, are marvelous beaches—a whole string of them, backed by palms and punctuated by sandy headlands. The sand here is unusually fine—a little darker but even more powdery than that of the Tobago Cays—but with the additional property when wet of compacting into a firm, springy texture that provides the perfect surface for barefoot beach-walking. Set off on foot from Las Terrenas and you’ll cover at least eight miles of virgin coastline before you come to a tiny airstrip and a beach resort, the only intrusive development along this entire coast.

Las Terrenas itself is a seaside village still in the course of inventing itself. For most, its charm and the utter perfection of its beaches are more than enough compensation for its lack of sophistication.

SAMANA LIFE    LAS TERRENAS

LAS TERRENAS IS QUINTESSENTIAL CARIBBEAN, BUT MORE THAN THAT.

SAMANA LIFE   LAS TERRENAS, SAMANA

THE CONTRAST IN COLORS AND LIGHT IN LAS TERRENAS IS ONE OF A KIND

CIGARS

WORLD´S PREMIUM CIGARS

COFFEE

GO RUTA DEL CAFÉ

BRUGAL RUM

PASSION AND DEDICATION

SEAFOOD

CATCH OF THE DAY