SAMANÁ: the Dominican Republic you can’t imagine

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Samaná peninsula is a really spectacular area: hills covered with palm trees, golden sand beaches that extend for miles, waterfalls and cays.

This is the perfect destination for those who love discovery and freedom. In full accordance with this point of view, V Samaná offers à la carte excursions.

The Guest Service proposes places and experiences and offers different combinations for each guest; various providers represent different options, regarding duration, means of transportation, number of participants. You can choose which is the best experience for you.

Here’s a summary of the peninsula highlights:

Los Haitises: one of the nation’s most beautiful national parks that holds one of the last rainforests; 130 to over 1,200 feet high limestones await you, with cliffs and faults that emerge from the green water covered in plants, whose roots have penetrated into rocks and use humidity to feed on. One of these formations is the Bird Island with terns, pelicans, herons, frigatebirds and vultures. Inside the park you can visit many caves on foot, some of them with stalactites; in some caves you can see Taíno pictographs, stylized rupestrian symbols made with a mixture of coal, manatee blubber and powdered roots. Last but not least, you will see the mangrove forests, with their massive roots sticking out from the seabed as twisted trunks; they are home to tiny crabs and the reflection of their roots in the water seems like a mirror.

El Limón: this waterfall is 130-feet-high and reachable on foot or horseback. It’s almost 1,000 feet above sea level and located in a protected area of 4,500 acres; swimming at the bottom of the falls in the middle of the luxuriant vegetation is an amazing experience!

Playa Rincón: on the northern coast of the peninsula, there are wonderful beaches. From the west, V Samana is facing Playa Cosón; towards the east and extending thru to Playa Rincón you will find a succession of sandy bays, where the sea has a thousand shades.

Catamaran: travel to Santa Barbara de Samaná, the capital of the peninsula, and arrive at the harbor where you can sail on the most beautiful catamarans. On these spacious, comfortable and never crowded catamarans, you will be greeted by the staff in their white uniforms offering coconut, pineapple and pan de coco, with smooth background music. The sailing stops to snorkel on a sunken shipwreck of over 40 years ago at a depth of 26-30 feet.  The view surrounding the wreck is impressive, surrounded by a multitude of yellow fish.  The second stop is at Cayo La Ferola for a bath with open bar. The third stop is in the amazing Cayo Levantado, which you have probably already seen in some TV commercials!

Humpback whales: from mid-January to mid-March, these amazing mammals punctually return to the peninsula to give birth to their calves. Admiring them closely is an exciting experience.  They measure up to 52 feet in length and slowly proceed with their regal stride. Sea excursions are controlled by the Ministry of Environment and access to some areas is forbidden to the public.