Difference between revisions of "Las Galeras"
Latest revision as of 09:13, 7 January 2017
Las Galeras is a small village at the far end of the Samaná Peninsula in the Dominican Republic. It's famous for its world class lonely beaches, e.g. Playa Fronton or Playa Rincon.
Getting there and away is the difficult part. Public transport is limited, the condition of the road to Samana is bad. Caribetours  offers transport from Santo Domingo to Santa Barbara De Samana and back six times daily. You can get in at the various stops in between. 4 of the 6 busses take the new highway and bring travel time down to 3 hours. From Samana you will have to take a guagua, a local minibus, which takes another 1 hour. The minibuses leave from the morning to the afternoon (6PM). The easier way to get there is by renting a car in one of the bigger cities in the country. Hereby you can avoid the fairly expensive transport faires (15 US) later on, when you are planning to spend the day at one of the fabulous but hardly accessible beaches.
The motoconchos, the local motorbikedrivers, will take you about anywhere you want. Locals are also offering taxi service with their private cars. Check prices before you hop on.
The main thing to do here is hang out at the various Dominican Republic beaches. For the more sporty orientated, there are a few possibilities. There is a dive school in town and various excursions can be organized by the local travel agencies. Mountain biking is another option. From mid-January to the end of March you can also go whalewatching. At Playa Fronton you will find one of the best climbing spots in the Dominican Republic with over 13 climbing routes of various levels. At Playa Rincon you can let the sweet waters of the river Caño Frio drift you to the ocean.
There are some nice divesites near Las Galeras around Cabó Cabron and Cabó Sámana. Aside of coral gardens there are cave, wreck, wall dives. All divesites can be reached by boat. The dominant coral species in the area are the common sea fans and sea rods. Around the caves and caverns it is a good chance to see moray eels, in the sandy parts stingrays and sometimes bluespotted eagle rays.
Divesites around Cabó Cabron:
Puerto Malo Tibisi I Tibisi II La Laguna Piedra Bonita Cueva de Chopa La Herradura
Around Las Galeras:
Barco Hundido Coral Garden Playita
Around Cabó Sámana:
Piedra Solitaria Los Hoyones Fronton Los Carriles I Los Carriles II
There are various hotels and guesthouses in las Galeras. Due to the reputation of its world class beaches you will find anything from an all inklusive resort to a cheap bed and breakfast accomodation. Most hotels are situated at the main intersection at the end of the village. If you don't plan to get there in the middle of the high season (December and Easter holidays) you won't have to book in advance.
- Hotel GriGri, located at the main intersection; fair sized clean rooms with up to three beds for around 30US
- La Ranchata, 20 min walk out of town, nice rooms, double for about 17US
- El Cabito, located 3 km away from the main intersection; two cabins for 30US and camping, hangmats and treehouse for 7,50US