If you’re looking for a secret retreat, this lesser-known destination is it. Discover it before the rest of the traveling public catches wind of Samana Bay’s recent induction into UNESCO’s “Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World,” its gorgeous tropical forests and coconut groves, hundreds of alcove beaches, waterfalls, and more. 

Those who have become privy to the hidden allure of this peninsula have found the draw irresistible, as the thousands of European expatriates can attest. Their businesses are what have given the area a certain cosmopolitan vibe that brings together Caribbean casual and Continental cool. Even whales make this their vacation destination of choice. Roughly 85% of the humpbacks of the North Atlantic seaboard are conceived and born in this island nation’s waters, and 1,500 take their winter break in Samana Bay every December. They’re not saying a word, but a recently built airport and a cruise docking area in Cayo Levantado that’s growing in popularity makes it only a matter of time before word gets out about the beauty of Samana City, its provincial capital; Las Galeras and its Playa Rincon; and Las Terrenas.

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Featured Resorts:

Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado, Don Pablo Collection


Cayo Levantado, one of the world's most beautiful islands, is the ideal place to enjoy a luxury holiday in an incomparable setting of nature and comfort. This marvelous hotel provides all the facilities necessary to make your holiday a dream trip. Sunbathe in the great solarium, refresh yourself in the swimming pool and Jacuzzis or take a delightful swim at one of Samana's best beaches. Combine rest with relaxation and moisturizing treatments, massages and hydrotherapy at the ...

Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa


This hotel is set in the spectacular Samana Bay and surrounded by lush nature. Rest in one of the 205 standard rooms or the 90 Junior Suites, which are fully equipped with the best features to turn your stay into a dream come true. The light that floods Samana Bay illuminates spacious, luxurious facilities like the swimming pool and the Jacuzzi. This site has two panoramic lifts with sea views and a large social lounge. Its varied cuisine includes its outstanding gourmet rest ...

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Luxury Bahia Principe Samana, Don Pablo Collection

Its luxurious location, the exquisite quality of its services and facilities and the specialized service offered by its friendly and at and attentive staff all strive for the utmost excellence. The hotel services include regular daily sea shuttle service to the island of Cayo Levantado Beach.  

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