Santa Barbara de Samana: A City Nestled by the Atlantic Ocean

The province of Samana, situated on the Dominican Republic’s northeastern region overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, has become one of the country’s top tourism attractions.

The region occupies an area of 847 square kilometers, with 1,600 kilometers of a truly remarkable coastline, dotted with some of the world’s finest white- sand beaches, and a population of 106,000 according to the 2010 national census.

One important characteristic of the region is the mountain chain that rises in close proximity to the coastline and beaches. The region is also home to two protected areas.

In 1756 the Spanish Governor Francisco Rubio y Peñaranda decided to populate the region to counter the presence of English and French pirates.

In 1908m the city and the province were officially named with its indigenous name, Samana. Santa Barbara de Samana is the name of the capital of the province.

The beautiful bay that bears its name was included in 2009 in the select list of the “Club of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World.” Other local communities have become important tourist attractions, such as the beachfront towns of Las Terrenas and Las Galeras, home to one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. The area offers guests an excellent list of hotels, for all budgets, mostly all-inclusive facilities. The region is dotted with local and international restaurants, where many specialize in preparing dishes with coconut milk and oil.

The Pedestrian Bridge

There are two absolutely beautiful keys situated in the heart of Samana Bay. The keys are connected to the nearby mainland through two quaint pedestrian bridges, which through the years have become one of the town’s most important symbols. Walking through them is a ride that offers the best panoramic views of Samana.

Whale-Watching Season

During the January-March months, known locally as the “Whale-Watching Season,” thousands of national and international tourists visit the bay to catch a glimpse of the massive mammals that annually migrate to the warm waters of the north coast from the North Atlantic to deliver their calves and to mate. It is the only place in the Caribbean where tourists can watch their annual pilgrimage.

Tours to the region are organized from all over the country, specifically from Punta Cana, La Romana, Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo, Santiago and other local towns and cities.

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