The Samaná Peninsula is a beautiful blend of land and sea, with coconut-palms covering the tropical rainforests and sloping down towards remote white-sand beaches. Less populated and developed than other vacation hubs in the Dominican Republic, Samana is a small town on a beautiful and quiet bay. The community is known for its eco-excursions, including trips to local waterfalls in the nearby jungle, whale-watching expeditions, and fishing tours. Or, enjoy some downtime at the beach, with many remote and pristine stretches of sand that are perfect for relaxation and romance.
For marriage, couples must present an original passport, copy and translation of original birth certificates, and sworn declaration before a notary public. Divorce and death decrees are also required if applicable. Check with your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for more details.
Travel Documents, Language & Currency
For non-residents, passports and tourist cards are required upon entry into the Dominican Republic. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed. For Canadian travelers, visit travel.gc.ca for relevant travel information.
Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic, though English is widely spoken and understood.
The Dominican peso is the currency of the Dominican Republic, but US dollars are often widely accepted in resort areas.
Climate & Beaches
Samana weather is tropical and humid with year round sunshine. The temperature is steady around 86 degrees F, with colder temperatures from November to April and warmer temperatures in summer months. Historically most hurricane activity in the Dominican Republic's part of the Caribbean has taken place in the months of August and September.
There are dozens of secluded, white-sand beaches to choose from in Samana, including La Playita, Rincon, Moron and Bonita. Cayo Levantado is a short boat ride off the coast and has excellent scuba diving spots and Parc National Los Haitises has mangroves, colorful birds and caves off the shore.
Activities & Tourist Attractions
Aside from Romano’s many beaches like La Playita, Rincon, Moron, and Bonita, there are a number of activities nearby. Cayo Levantado is a secluded island with great snorkeling, while nearby forests are perfect for hiking, mountain biking, or lounging under a gorgeous waterfall. The town also has a newly renovated seaside walking promenade for strolling through the many sail and fishing boats. If you plan to visit in January, watch humpback whales travel through the bay by the thousands for a truly memorable experience.
Samana is quiet at night, with visitors opting for leisurely dinners and late-night beach strolls.
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