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What to see on Samaná Peninsula | Bahia Principe

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Samaná is a province located on the Atlantic coast of northeastern Dominican Republic. It is characterized by its lush mountainous terrain and white sandy beaches. If you are thinking of visiting Samaná or you already have your reservation, we recommend that you explore its wilderness, its pristine beaches and the tranquility and simplicity of its people.

The unspoiled nature of Samaná and the warm waters of the Caribbean attract very special visitors between January and March. Thousands of humpback whales, the most impressive mammals of all, come to the beautiful Samaná Bay, fleeing the freezing winter of the coasts of Iceland, Greenland, Canada and the USA, to mate and bear their young. Samaná is considered one of the 10 best destinations in the world for whale watching.


Samaná Peninsula is a corner of heaven on earth. The Dominican Republic is a very popular destination and in Samaná you will find boutique hotels with more personalized services and a style more rooted in the local culture. It is called the “Pearl of the Caribbean” by many. Tranquility and nature in their purest state.

Humpback whale watching is a fantastic opportunity to discover nature in its most authentic form. A true spectacle not to be missed on your all-inclusive vacation.

Between mid-January and mid-March, more than 80% of the North Atlantic’s humpback whales of reproductive age migrate to the waters of the Samaná Peninsula to mate. Most excursions depart from the town of Samaná, and you are guaranteed to see numerous whales surfacing for air, raising their fins or tails, nudging each other in competition, and even making impressive jumps followed by an equally impressive splash. This species is very social and is characterized by its louder singing than most other whales. Their songs can be heard for miles beneath the sea, which is incredible and a unique and impressive opportunity for our ears and senses.

The most important local festivals

The whale watching season coincides with Carnival (every weekend in February) and Independence Day (February 27), which are the most important holidays in the area.

A curious fact is that, if he fails to capture the female’s attention, the male sings a long song that we can hear only if we are underwater. In short, a long repertoire of behaviors that become an excellent tourist activity.

Definitely a wonderful show not to be missed. Ask at the hotel reception about these excursions!


Whale Museum

CEBSE has a small museum dedicated to humpback whales. The museum plays a very important role in local education and during whale season is a popular stop for people visiting Samaná in order to see the humpback whales.

The museum has a fee and the funds raised help to maintain the humpback whale monitoring and conservation program that CEBSE has been engaged in since 1999. The museum also has a small shop selling local handicrafts; with your purchase you will also be supporting the conservation of the whales and the natural resources of the Samaná region.

Where To Stay?

Bahia Principe Luxury Samaná: Let yourself be pampered in this boutique hotel. With a personalized service and select gastronomy that will make you enjoy your vacations and return home totally renewed. This restful spot for couples is nestled on a stunning cliff that borders the coast of Samaná, and offers visitors the perfect combination of comfort, privacy, entertainment and scenic beauty. A perfect place for couples who want to enjoy a hospitable tropical setting.


Bahia Principe Grand Cayacoa: Experience the wildest Caribbean and immerse yourself in the most spectacular views of Samaná, getting away from it all in a natural environment with endless options. Experience what it’s like to be in a typical Dominican village by visiting Bahia Principe Village. Thanks to its fantastic location near the town of Samaná, Cayacoa offers travelers an incredible natural setting, lively Caribbean nights and endless activities.


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