Posted by: Anni Orekh | June 10, 2010

Samana

Samana. is the prettiest part of the island of Hispaniola. It is the jewel in the crown of Republica Dominicana.

Samaná is a peninsula  located at the extreme northeast of the Dominican Republic. Unique, different and beautiful, it is geologically the oldest part of Hispaniola and was, until quite recently, an island in its own right. Cristopher Colombus named part of Samana Bay the “Gulf of the Arrows”, because his ships were received by the early original Amerindian inhabitants with a “rain of arrows” which forced them to sail away with care.

History

In the nineteenth century Samaná was captured by Napoleonic forces, and was even sold to the United States for one million pesos.

The natural safety of the bay made Samaná a focus for ship-based commerce, with navigable river and rail links to the interior, and a region of immigration, attracting Haitians, Puerto Ricans, Jamaicans and other islanders from the English-speaking Caribbean, not to mention the “English” from Philadelphia.

French incursions alternated with the intrusion of English and Dutch buccaneers and pirates resultanting in a cultural diversity and mix in Samaná which make it intriguing. From African Methodist, Wesleyan to Catholic churches, from petroglyphs and pictographs to Barchata and Bamboulá, from Pica Pollo to “Donplin”.
Samaná has always attracted visitors, although not so much for the undisturbed stretches of white, palm-fringed, sandy beaches but  for its important strategic geographical location.

 Description

White sandy beaches, cool azure waters, balmy Caribbean nights: the Dominican Republic’s Samana Peninsula is this and more. Coconut-covered mountains that march down to the sea, majestic capes that plunge to the ocean’s depths where vibrant, coral reefs teem with brightly-colored fish and spiny lobster, crystal-clear streams that wend their way through the peninsula’s lush arroyos, playful waterfalls tumbling down the verdant hills, the shrill chatter of bright green, Dominican parrots, the murmur of the ever-present trade wind caressing the feathered arms of the coconut palms, cicadas singing through the starry night, the melodic strains of bachata, merengue and salsa: the sights and sounds of Samana are never far away.

Samaná has also long attracted certain regular visitors. They are the eons humpback whales from the North Atlantic have migrated every winter to the warm and protected waters of the Bay of Samaná.

Why choose Samana?

Samana is a destination for nature lovers and adventurers. Green, green mountains, long beaches, solitude, lively little towns in between, turquoise waters. Samana is also a romantic destination, and several of its small hotels are perfect for honeymooners. Samana is also a good choice for experienced scuba divers. And the place to stay if whale-watching is high on your agenda. It is the place to sit on a porch or in the shade of a palm tree, sipping something cool and discover the rare feeling of being happy just being alive.

Samana is a multi-area tourism destination in itself. The hotels are primarily located in Samana City, Las Galeras (25 kms. from Samana City), Las Terrenas, El Portillo, Cozon and Playa Bonita areas. It takes about half an hour to cross the peninsula north to south and about an hour to go from West to East or vice versa. There is a small airport in El Portillo with commuter flights to Santo Domingo. There is an international airport in El Catey, about half an hour from the Sanchez crossing to Las Terrenas.

Attractions
Beaches, Golf, scuba, Whale-watching Los Haitises National Park, Mountain biking, hiking, horse riding
Caving and  Rock climbing.

Excursions

Explore the Las Samana Community, a unique model village located in a biosphere reserve, and continue on to  el limon to visit its renowned Las galeras. The guided tour of Samana includes a welcome cocktail and lunch.

 Contact Us @ hinenisyndicator@gmail.com  Read about our  Cultural Tours

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