Dominican Republic: the bay of Samana

Punta Cana and its big hotel chains without soul are not a must in Dominican Republic. The north of the island and more particularly the peninsula of Samana, very preserved, will indeed delight the amateurs of nature and outdoor activities, but also conceal hotels of high standing for those which need to recharge the batteries the feet in water.

Dare the north of the island: the region of Las Terrenas

The raw and luxuriant landscapes of the northeast of the Dominican Republic happily crush all the images that one could have of the island and its tourist development. The region of Las Terrenas is green and preserved, and relies on an ecosystem rich in natural reserves. Barefoot, we appropriate the deserted beaches of white sand during long walks, which suddenly reveal one or two hammocks, a table or a fisherman’s boat drying in the sun. The Bay of Samana seemed to me really peaceful and welcoming.

And as if the picture was not idyllic enough, we discover that the Bay of Samana is chosen each year by hundreds of whales to give birth.

Dominican Republic: activities to do around Samana Bay

We reach this tropical cocoon saturated with green and blue in four hours of road from Santo Domingo. A former fishing village with colorful houses, Las Terrenas grows, surrounded by the sea and the mountains.

Outdoor activities for the amateurs of eco-tourism:

discover by boat or kayak the Los Haitises National Park, its limestone islets reminiscent of Asia and venture into its majestic mangroves. Home to thousands of birds, Los Haitises is a real visual and historical highlight: you can visit caves rich in cave paintings dating from 1000 to 3000 years ago, left by the last members of the indigenous tribes, the Tainos.

watch the whale parade: in Samana Bay, the Ministry of Environment takes the welfare of these endangered marine mammals very seriously and closely supervises the boats that propose to get close to them in order to avoid disturbing them while the females give birth in the rich waters of the peninsula. The number of boats as well as the observation time are regulated.

Eat sour passion fruit all the time.

watch the sunrise on a deserted beach and see a rainbow flying over the waves.

take a horseback ride to the El Limon waterfall.

let time stand still in a beach bar. A magical place, with your feet in the sand: Zu Ceviche & Brasserie on the beach of Las Terranas, for its atmosphere and its cocktails to sip while watching the sun set.

meet Nicolas, a French-speaking guide passionate about the nature of Samana Bay, who left France to found Flora Tours.

stock up on beauty products and soaps infused with local fruits and spices at the Jabonitos shop.

Comfort and relaxation at Viva Wyndham V Samana

I had never stayed in an all-inclusive hotel until I arrived in the Dominican Republic.

icaine. For a first, it was a successful first, as this stay turned out to be a luxurious and invigorating cocoon, but also a base for many activities throughout a green region. Far from feeling cooped up, we were at the Viva Wyndham V Samana nestled on the shore, with a front row seat to be hypnotized by the sea and the white sand.

Viva Wyndham V Samana’s assets:

A boutique hotel reserved for adults, the hotel is zen, very zen. In a setting of greenery and coconut trees, the V Samana has four restaurants – my favorite being the very creative and gastronomic “Fusion” restaurant – a juice bar not to be missed and two lounge and party bars.

An ecological construction, with low environmental impact, in line with the peninsula’s policy.

To savor the art of idleness: a high-end accommodation, with a spa, a huge swimming pool under the coconut trees and a life-saving bedding. I took my first yoga class there, facing the sea. You can feel the great sigh of pleasure…

Double rooms from 80 euros in all inclusive. Yes, yes.

This long trip was planned, fantasized, but not like this! I abandoned my itinerary to create a random world tour, open to encounters and opportunities that always emerge along the way. Send me a note, we’ll go drink a jerry can of tea… somewhere.

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