Top Destinations » Samana
Transportation from the Santo Domingo Airport to Samana takes between 2 and 2 1/2 hours, but it is worth the drive. The distance from the Santo Domingo to Samana is about 162 km / 100 miles. The closest airport to Samana is not the Santo Domingo Airport (SDQ), but the closer airport to Samana is very expensive, small, very few flight options and even less options for direct flights. SDQ to Samana is the preferred way to arrive here. We can pick you up from the SDQ airport and drive you in a private car to Samana conveniently and affordability. Call us for a price quote for a transfer from Santo Domingo AIrport to Samana.
Samana is a small town located on the north-eastern coast of the Dominican Republic. The quaint town of Samana sits on the Samana Bay where you can walk along the malecon (seaside) and discover the town’s restaurants, bars, shops, and small markets.
The town of Samana dates back to 1493 when Christopher Columbus made a quick stop on his first voyage to the New World. It was later left alone for many years. Then in 1756 the Spanish claimed Samana until in 1796 it was passed over to the French in the peace treaty of Basel. In 1807, with the assistance of the British navy, Samana changed hands one more time, this time back to the Spanish. This small skirmish also represented the end of the French occupation of any part of what is now the Dominican Republic.
All-inclusive resorts offer a great value for the money and allow you to have a stress-free vacation. Once you enter an all-inclusive resort, all your drinks and food are already paid for. Leave your wallet in the room safe and seek out a bar on the beach or by the pool to enjoy one of Dominican Republic’s famous rum drinks or our countries most popular beer (Presidente).
With multiple pools, restaurants, bars, and beach accesses, an all-inclusive can be a great decision for just about anyone (families, groups, friends or couples).
Staying in one of the local hotels or a private residence will allow you a greater opportunity to enjoy the local flavor. You will be able to eat and/or enjoy your favorite glass of rum at a local restaurant or bar. Many of the restaurants and bars have menus in English, but not all. If you have a greater sense of adventure, perhaps this is the option for you.
Playa (beach) Cayaco is the public beach and is just a few minutes’ walk from the town center.
You can take a boat cruise around the Samana Marina or head out to the island of Cayo Levantado. It is an small island with plenty of open white beaches and crystal clear waters. You can do a whale watching tour from January to March.
The word malecon is used in the Dominican Republic to signify the street or walkway along the water. In Samana what you want to see and do is located either on the malecon or within a few minutes of the malecon. From the malecon you have: breathtaking views of the bay, places to enjoy a nice lunch or dinner, or places where you can sit back and relax with your favorite rum drink in hand. There are also many shops and other tourist attractions along the malecon.
This locally famous bridge was built to allow traffic to a large casino complex at the other end. However, the casino failed as did the restaurant. Now this is the bridge to nowhere where on any given day you can see locals and tourist alike enjoying the views and the breeze from the park benches located at the end of the bridge. It is a great walk in the morning or as the sun sets.
This 50-meter waterfall will leave you breathless. You will also enjoy swimming in the natural pool at the base of the waterfall. There are two ways to reach the falls: take a 25-minute walk on foot or rent a horse and enjoy the ride!
There are several restaurants and they have a range of menu choices from the local Dominican flavor, to French, Chinese and Italian. Many are located on the malecon with great views of the bay and the bridge to nowhere. Seafood and fish dishes are the obvious popular choices on the menu.
If you need help getting from the Santo Domingo Airport to Bayahibe, please contact us for pricing and availability. Our reservations department and many of our drivers speak English.