Holidays to Samana Town bring you the classic Caribbean – white sands, coral reefs and cocktails served in coconut shells. And there’s even a chance to watch humpback whales…
The real Caribbean
Set on the Dominican Republic’s northeast coast, Samana Town does the Caribbean proud with its tropical white sands and turquoise waters. Cruise ships stop off at this place to have a nose – so you know it’s a bit of a looker. Not that this resort does smug – the laid-back vibe and friendly bars here couldn’t be more welcoming.
White sand beach
You’ve really hit Robinson Crusoe territory here. Playa Los Cayos – or Cayacoa as it’s also known – is just a long strip of sand with a single hotel to keep it company. There are enough sunloungers to go round without crowding the place, plus a beachfront bar for thirst-quenching drinks. And you’re in the right spot for the best diving around these parts.
A small wonder
The beauty of this place – apart from the beach – is the size. It’s small and compact so you don’t need much legwork to get round. You’ll find a clutch of bars, restaurants and shops on the promenade – the Malecon – and in a few of the streets behind. If you do fancy a walk, though, you can head along the beach to the famous Bridges to Nowhere.
Easy day trips
Over at Los Haitises National Park, the scenery is straight out of National Geographic. You can watch pelicans and egrets flying above the cliffs, dunk yourself in one of the waterfalls, or swim in a limestone cave. A motorboat gets you here in 35 minutes if you don’t fancy an organised tour.
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