Cayo Levantado public beach in Samaná
The peninsula of Samana is located in the northeast of the country on the Atlantic Ocean and it is surrounded by white sandy beaches.
The Los Haitises National Park, famous for its unique flora and fauna, is located across Samana Bay from the town of Samana.
From January to March the Samana area becomes even more popular with visitors who come to see the humpback whales who come here every year to mate.
In 2006 the Samana El Catey International Airport was opened, making this part of the Dominican Republic more accessible for tourists who wish to discover the area.
Cayo Levantado, photo taken from jetty
Samana was discovered by Columbus on his first voyage and he then explained his discovery to the Catholic Monarchs of the time. Boats depart from here regularly and usually make a stop at Cayo Levantado, another island which boasts a hotel popular with overseas visitors.
Other popular beaches in the area are Rincon, Playa Colorado and Madama.
Panoramic view of Playa Rincón in Samaná