This peninsula´s appeal begins with some of the world’s loveliest beaches, such as the understatedly named Playa Bonita (“Pretty Beach”), with crystal-clear waters, blindingly white sand, and several small hotels and a cute little village nearby. Then there’s Playa Rincón (pictured here) near Las Galeras, with a little creek and a backdrop of verdant mountains which leaves you feeling like you’ve stumbled across the most divine castaway beach in the world. You can also grab a boat excursion to the tiny offshore island Cayo Levantado, (aka Isla Bacardí), with its own spectacular beach as well as a troupe of trained sea lions with which you can get photo ops. Another offshore must you arrive in season (mid-January to mid-March) is a whale-watching excursion to watch the majestic humpback whales which migrate to these waters annually for mating and calving (these and other boat excursions are based in the region’s main city, Santa Bárbara de Samaná).
Read more in our post Samaná: The Dominican Republic ´Au Naturel´.