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Samana Bay Dominican Republic Cruise Port Guide


When the issuing of tender tickets begins, they do inform you that the first hour and a half is dedicated just to those who want to go to Cayo Levantado, and then they begin the process for Samana. Cayo Levantado is a beautiful private island/beach type resort. If you like the beach, you will love this place! The Samaná Town Pier is located directly in the town of Santa Bárbara de Samaná,

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The verdant peninsula of Samana is paradise found for nature enthusiasts. Somewhat remote and removed from the tourist trail, this patch of paradise is home to one of the most important rain forests and mangrove reserves in the Caribbean. And its crystal-clear coast features some of the best diving on the northern side of the Dominican Republic. So pop on your flippers. In some spots you can see up to 150 feet!

Some consider Samana Bay to be the best place in the world to watch whales. Every January thousands of Humpbacks migrate south to Samana Bay and during mating season you can find up to 300 at any given time. Come catch a glimpse of these magnificent mammals as they frolic, sing, and show off.

Hike or go horseback riding up to the beautiful El Salto del Limón. Its hundred-foot waterfall features a refreshing natural swimming pool - ideal for cooling off after a long hike.

Tours Excursions Transportation:

In Samana you can stroll around the seaside promenade, or go a block inland for restaurants and some shopping.

Most cruisers take an excursion here, ship or self organized. Hiring a taxi is your best bet here, especially if you share one.

In Samana itself rickshaws are a good alernative.

Or take the opportunity to observe humpback whales in their natural calving and mating grounds here in Samana Bay.


It pays to compare your cruise line tours here.

Nearby Places:

Los Haitises National Park is a national park located on the remote northeast coast of the Dominican Republic.

Shopping and Food

Rum, coffee, and cigars are popular local products.


1 Dominican peso = 0.029499 U.S. Dollars

There are ATM machines around, some resorts have them, but they are mostly in the cities and towns, not the resort areas, so don't rely on this as your only source of cash.

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Do not expect to be able to get around without understanding and being able to speak some Spanish.

Most major hotels have cafes which offer free WiFi for customers where you can use their computers to check and send e-mail. There are also many cafes which offer free WiFi for customers in the cities and towns

Opening Hours and Holidays:

Mon-Sat 0800-1200 and 1430-1830.

1 Jan New Year's Day.
6 Jan Epiphany.
21 Jan Our Lady of Altagracia.
26 Jan Duarte's Birthday.
27 Feb Independence Day.
Good Friday. 
1 May Labour Day.
22 May Corpus Christi.
16 Aug Restoration Day.
24 Sep Our Lady of las Mercedes.
10 Nov Constitution Day.
25 Dec Christmas Day.

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