Migrating humpback whales arrive in the thousands from the North Atlantic with more than 1,500 visiting the Samana Bay between January and March, providing some of the best whale watching in the world. Although there are summer excursions, this winter season period represents a time when the male humpbacks are most animated as they try to impress the females. it is during this period that newborns can be seen swimming alongside their mothers. This is a truly magical opportunity you do not want to miss.
Although Samana definitely affords the opportunity to lounge on the beach featuring such beaches as Playa Galeras and Cayo Levantado, an island which protects the Samana Bay from Atlantic waves, the variety of natural attractions make Samana the prime destination for an active vacation. One can engage in hiking, mountain climbing, four-wheel riding, and horseback riding through the mountains or on the beaches. Samana City and the surrounding towns provide a delightful opportunity for shopping, dining, and sampling the fare at the European inspired pastry shops. Samana is also a good choice for experienced scuba divers as well as those who wish to go caving or rock climbing as it features a rocky coastline with high cliffs providing adventure on land and an exciting underwater world. The nearby El Limon Waterfall features a 40-meter drop into a very deep but swimmable and clear pool of water.
Although there are several all inclusive hotels, the main accommodations available in Samana are small hotels with no meal plans affording you the opportunity to dine in the wide selection of small restaurants. Samana has a distinct European flavour reflecting the influence of the French, Italian, and Spaniards, many of who have opened businesses in this delightful location. For a truly magnificent and exciting getaway, visit Samana and be assured that you will make lasting memories.