Santa Barbara De Samana
Samaná, in full Santa Bárbara de Samaná, is a city in the Samaná Peninsula, Dominican Republic.
It's an important tourist destination with whale watching and the national park Los Haitises.
Fly in to Samaná El Catey International Airport (IATA: AZS, ICAO: MDCY) + 1/2hr drive.
There is a Caribe Tours busline connecting Samaná to Santo Domingo via the highway (last one leaving from Samaná at 16:00), as well as a longer route running from Santo Domingo and stopping in San Francisco de Macoris and a few other places before arriving in Samaná. Guaguas run these routes too.
You can go between Samaná, Rio San Juan, Cabrera, Cabarete and Puerto Plata using guaguas, but be prepared for a lengthy ride. From Cabrera to Samaná you'll probably need to change guagua in Rio San Juan. Ask the other passengers and they will help you.
Rental car, Taxi, Bus, four wheeler's and motorbikes.
Airport Transfers Services  When you travel to Samana into El Catey airport it is important to know what transport options you have to get from and to the airport. There are a variety of companies that actually offer the service. It is important that you select a reliable and dependable company.
Humpback whale watching from January until March. At peak season there are usually about a hundred whales in the bay at any given time.
A large number of secluded beaches to explore. To visit the famous Playa Rincon, on the north-east of the peninsula, you can travel most of the way by public transport. Local guaguas (100 Pesos as of January 2017) depart from Samana's transport terminal every 20 minutes between 7 and 9am, taking you to Rincon village, about 2km (easily walkable) from the beach. The return guaguas depart from 2 till 5pm, making it an easy day trip from Samana.
Horse back riding. Four wheeler and motorbiking. Whale watching.
It is possible to visit Los Haitises national park for several hours and then go to the beach at Cayo Levantado for about $50 USD--just go to the marina around 9am.
Restaurants range from typical Dominican to Italian and French cuisine's.
Roadside bars, restaurants and booming late night bars.
Accommodation choices range from hostel to five star. There are a few new large hotel complexes, a number of medium sized hotels and villas and private home for rent.
Caribbean Tours express buss to Santo Domingo costs 350 pesos and takes about 2.5 hours. The buss leave everyday at 08, 10, 14 and 16 (February 2015).