If Punta Cana is the Dominican Republic’s crown jewel, then the Samaná Peninsula is one of its hidden gems. Wild and diverse, its landscape includes secluded beaches, underwater caves and cascading waterfalls. Journey through old fishing towns or cross the bay to a forested, mangrove-lined national park. See it all in Samaná or simply settle for the panoramic view of sun, sand and sea.

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If you're set on the Samaná Peninsula, explore our all-inclusive options to find the best, beachfront Samaná resorts. Find Samaná excursions, like whale-watching across the Samaná bay, horseback-riding to the Limón Waterfall or touring cosmopolitan Las Terrenas. Eco-tourists, don't miss a trek to Los Haitises National Park. See you in Samaná!

SAMANÁ TRAVEL GUIDE

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DESTINATION FACTS

Language

Spanish

What to eat

Try the region’s iconic dish: pescado con coco (fish in coconut sauce), and other coconut-based classics like coconut bread and a delicious coconut cookie called conconote. 

What to bring back

Mamajuana (a bottled Dominican drink consisting of rum, honey and spices) and figurines made from native Guayacan wood, symbols of good luck for the indigenous Taíno people.

Fun Fact

The Samaná Bay’s crystalline water welcome more than just sun-seekers between January and March. Every winter, about 2,500 humpback whales swim to these waters to mate, birth and maybe take in some tropical views. Whale watching tours depart from the harbour in Samaná, or you can check out the Museo de las Ballenas year-round.

Important Info
For more information on all necessary travel documents, visa, taxes and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.


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