Ever signed up for an excursion expecting only one experience and returned surprised by all you got to see and do in a day? I signed up for a day trip from Puerto Plata to Cayo Paraíso or Paradise Island, off the shores of northern Dominican Republic. A blissful day on a deserted plot out at sea–who wouldn’t want to do that? I was prepared for a two-hour drive, followed by a short boat ride to the offshore caye where we would spend a day snorkeling, swimming and enjoying yet another gorgeous Dominican beach. What I didn’t expect, however, was to pass through and get a solid glimpse of the north coast villages along the way, along with views of a lush, mountainous countryside.
Samana is both a town, a bay, and a peninsula. It’s also perhaps the most desirable place within the Dominican Republic. Essentially a microcosm of the Dominican Republic in whole, here you’ll find unspoiled beauty, raw jungle, secluded beaches, and the true nature of the Dominican People. There are wild jungles to explore via horseback, fish to be caught, ziplines to be traversed, villages to encounter, and a whole lot more awaiting you in the Samana Peninsula. If you’ve only got two days to do it, here’s how it should be done.
By all rubrics, the Dominican Republic is one of the largest islands in the Caribbean – heck, it’s part of the Greater Antilles, right? But if you decide to visit the beautiful Dominican Republic, you’ll likely spend your time in a relatively small area. It’s nothing against the Dominican Republic – it’s the nature of things, you know; you get a limited time to see a place, and when there are so many fun things to do in the Dominican Republic, you tend to stay a while. So if you find yourself tramping around on this beautiful Caribbean paradise, consider spending some of your brief time in the little peninsula called Samana.
La Romana is one of the most developed and economically successful cities in the Dominican Republic, thanks in large part to the Central Romana Corporation (a sugar mill) which is the hub of sugar exporting for this Caribbean country. As a tourist, however, you’ll be drawn outward – to the coast, where the coastline makes for beautiful beaches and spectacular sunsets. Still, this is the heart of the Dominican Republic and so here’s your chance to see the best of the Dominican Republic – in its vibrant people and beautiful countryside. Take some time to explore all the wonderful things to do in La Romana and you’ll be richly rewarded.
Located in San Felipe, the Port of Puerto Plata is many visitors’ first experience with the great Dominican Republic. Here, where the caramel colored beaches of the Dominican Republic’s north shore speak to the Caribbean dream, you can explore, relax, and indulge – everything a Caribbean vacation in paradise should be. But look closer, and you’ll discover that there’s a lot more to do in Puerto Plata than first meets the eye.
Perfect Beaches, a westerly breeze, and more world-class golf courses than you can shake a nine-iron at – that is the Punta Cana of today, and that’s what makes this tropical retreat such a splendid vacation for those who love warm sand and Caribbean flair.