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NAPOLEON’S WOULD-BE IDYLIC CITY IS LOCATED IN THE SAMANA PENINSULA

Profound as it sounds; followers of Napoleon Bonaparte envisioned erecting an ideal Napoleonic city in the seaside town of Samaná in the 19th. Century. Subsequently, the United States offered to buy Samaná for one million Pesos.

Fortunately, the peninsula remained under Dominican control. The local population would not uproot for any reason, as they are very proud of their land. Its most populous places are Santa Bárbara de Samaná with 50,000 inhabitants and Las Terrenas with 20,000, while those wanting a respite from civilization have headed to Las Galeras in the northeast.

The peninsula can be easily explored by renting a car. At 58 km long, it has a width ranging from a minimum of 7.5 to a maximum of 18.5 km. The coast and inland peninsula of this little paradise are fascinating. For example, an unparalleled 40-meter high waterfall flows down the heart of El Limón, where it collides with its namesake river. Its surroundings hide small, secluded beaches, such as Playa Ermitaño and Playa Las Canas.

If you are a beach lover, the outskirts of Las Terrenas boast an 18-kilometer expanse of awe-inspiring beaches. Here lies the Viva Wyndham V Samaná, an all-inclusive resort for adults only.

Located directly on the sea, it is distinctly spectacular: an infinity pool, a lush green garden where you can practice yoga or swing in hammocks, three specialty restaurants where reservations are not necessary, an award-winning spa that takes local flavors to its treatments and architecture. You can enjoy Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service, sparkling wine by the pool, and fresh fruit smoothies for breakfast. The cozy spaces make it perfect for romantic vacations, where couples can experience total privacy: dinner on the beach, honeymoon, wedding…

If this wasn’t enough, and you’re feeling adventurous, book a boat trip to Los Haitises, one of the Dominican Republic’s most striking national parks.

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