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Samaná is one of the 32 provinces of the Dominican Republic and is located in the Northeastern part of this Caribbean tropical island, fully occupying the Samana Peninsula. Its capital is the city of Santa Barbara de Samana, usually called just Samana.

The climate is humid tropical forest, with an average annual temperature of 25.9 degrees Celsius. The annual precipitation in the Sierra de Samana is over 2,000 mm.

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Samaná is a natural treasure. Wild, verdant, with coves, bays, waterfalls, mountains and awe-inspiring views, there is lots to explore. One of the most visited beaches is Playa Rincon.

Samaná is known for its wading and body-boarding beaches, nature trekking, every year from January to March, during the winter and early spring, the activity of watching humpback whales, one of the most fascinating creatures on earth comes to visit the immense bay of Samana. The large peaceful Humpback Whales come by thousands, offering a natural spectacle of true wonders. which is becoming increasingly important activity generating revenue for the province.

Samaná is a great place to retire in Dominican Republic. Perfect weather of 68 to 88 degrees Farenheit all year long ( 20 to 30 degrees Celcius ), very low crime rate, 24 hours a day electricity and a low cost of living. Independent travelers, and thousands of Europeans have gone as tourists and stayed, setting up businesses that give Samana its cosmopolitan vibe. Samaná City is the provincial capital; Las Galeras is the base for visiting the famous Playa Rincón beach; and Las Terrenas is the main tourist center, but still retains an easygoing beach town feel, with some great shops, restaurants and bars.

The town of Samaná is a scenic, beautiful and peaceful port, with friendly and easy-going Dominicans, living their life with tourism, agriculture and fishing activities, all set to the beat and rhythms of Merengue, Bachata and Salsa music.

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Take your pick of beautiful virgin beaches located throughout the area.  Spend the day relaxing on world-renowned Bacardi Island in Cayo Levantado or take a trip to Playa Rincón where turquoise blue waters blend perfectly into the white sand.

Samaná is also an Ecotourism destination surrounded by breathtaking nature, with its own paradise island called Cayo Levantado just a few minutes away by boat, lush tropical mountain hills, virgin forest of El Valle, many beautiful waterfalls, caves with petroglyphs and pictograms, famous Playa Rincon beach and countless other secluded beaches with crystal clear waters. Cruise ships arrive mainly in the winter season docking offshore near Cayo Levantado.

Samaná Bay is a bay in the eastern Dominican Republic. The Yuna River flows into the Samaná Bay, and it is located south of the town and peninsula of Samaná. Among its features are protected islands that serve as nesting sites for pelicans and frigate birds, caves with pre-Columbian pictographs and petroglyphs, and mangrove-lined river tributaries. In the winter, many whales calve in the bay. It is a significant breeding site for the Humpback whale.

Adjoining the bay is Los Haitises National Park, which is popular with national and international ecotourist visitors.

Become a part of Samana’s beauty environment.  Soar through the waves on jet skis and catamarans stopping to take a look under the sea with exciting scuba diving classes, or take your adventures by land riding on horseback through the lush countryside.

Go on an excursion to the 40m El Limón Waterfall and bathe in the crystal clear pools or see humpback whales in their natural habitat as they gracefully jump in and out of the waves.

Samana is graced by a newly renovated Malecon, a seaside walking promenade of 2 kilometers long for strolling by daytime and nightime by the gorgeous Bay and the Marina filled with sailboats and fishing boats. This is where you will find all the restaurants, bars, banks, shopping and terraces with wifi in town.



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If you are planning to travel to Samaná, whether for business or tourism, in addition to the passport and visa, we recommend you to check the following information: International Airports, Airport security rules, Type of luggage allowed and weight limits, Most visited cities, Driving in Samaná, Electricity, Time Stripes, Business Hours, National Holidays, Weights and Measures, Commercial Practices and Etiquette Rules.


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Samaná Airports

Samaná El Catey International Airport (IATA: AZS, ICAO: MDCY), also called Aeropuerto Internacional Presidente Juan Bosch (AISA), is is located near the village of El Catey, some 5.0 mi west of Sánchez, at the base of the mountainous peninsula Cape Samana. Local travel times are given as 30 minutes drive to Las Terrenas, 40 minutes drive to the provincial capital, Santa Barbara de Samaná, and approximately one hour drive to Las Galeras.

The airport's runway is 3000 m x 45 m, flexible pavement load-rated PCN 66 F/A/W/T, designed to accommodate a Boeing 747. The terminal can accommodate 4 Boeing 747 aircraft simultaneously, albeit with a peak flow of 600 passengers per hour.

Arroyo Barril Airport (ICAO: MDAB) is located in the Samaná province of the Dominican Republic. The airport is used for domestic flights. It is the base for Aerodomca.

El Portillo National Airport (IATA: EPS, ICAO: MDPO) serves the province of Samaná. It is located at the north of this province. This airport is used for private flights operators and some charter service into the Dominican Republic.


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