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Samana Bay

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Address: Dominican Republic

This bay is best known for the frequency with which humpback whales and...

This bay is best known for the frequency with which humpback whales and dolphins are seen here.

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Pretty paradise

Not the best place to snorkel as unfortunately most of the coral has now died off but the water is beautiful and the beaches have fine sand and beautiful rock formations to keep... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Matt E
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

looks picture postcard on a photo , the "beach" is full of rubbish from top to bottom with vultures landing and being chased off by dogs !!!! too many "guides" waiting to lead you on a merry dance around the litter strewn streets , my advice , stay within the hotel unless you are on an expensive organised trip .

Thank Jonnie1962
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71 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not the best place to snorkel as unfortunately most of the coral has now died off but the water is beautiful and the beaches have fine sand and beautiful rock formations to keep you amused, relaxed and ready to just soak up those rays and cool yourself down in the eater

Thank Matt E
Newton-Le-Willows, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2017

A bit of a long coach journey from Puerto Plata airport but well worth it. On the plus side you get to see some amazing scenery on route.

Thank Julie O
Helsinki, Finland
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133 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

The bay is pretty with nice opportunities toeat and drink in the evening right next to the water. Also the road has some places but the ones near the water have the ambience.

Thank AnnaEsk
Ghent, Belgium
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52 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

a nice typical seaside village, with nicely colored houses and some ilsands in the middle of the bay, some connected with bridges, only small beaches, and some fisherbats ans sailing boats shetered in the bay. some shops where you need to bargain a lot, but you can find nice larimar stones incorporated in jewels in some shops.

Thank Didier T
Las Terreras, Samana, Dominican Republic
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11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

the bay of Samana is consider for many travelers as the paradise for fishing, snorkeling, diving, excursions, whales watch, zip line and many other activities, but it is also full of natural beauty, there is clear water, nice river and green forest to visit, but also friendly local people ready to make your visit special.

Thank JurassicParkDom
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2016

I really enjoyed Samana. We arrived in town, at near the malecon, stayed at Ballenas Escondidas resort on the bay and saw whales the next day. Amazing time in Samana Bay.

Thank Kristie H
St. Brieux
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

Great Hotel - very clean and comfortable- The food was great, great pool - great beach - entertainment was super - Great staff and animators - very well laid out - room was super - very well treated be the workers - Dominicans rule.

Thank Berni91055
Miami Beach, Florida
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46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

The place got a mega potential, but is pretty dirty, people doesn't have a good deal of environmental consciousness, everything gets dump on the bay, making it unsafe for even walking on the sand at times (high tides brings all the debris and washes off all the stuff thrown in it from every corner of the island). A bigger effort... More 

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Brotton, United Kingdom
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435 reviews
189 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Spent sometime here prior to catching the boat over to Cayo Levantado Island . Didn't have much time, but tbh there didn't seem to be much to do/see anyway. Lovely colourful shop/houses at the bay, nice to take photographs. Looked ice at night when dark and lights twinkled.

Thank Warhol40

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