Samana Vacations

Samana Vacations

Samana Vacations

Cool azure waters, immaculately white sandy beaches and balmy and hot Caribbean nights. That’s the signature of the Dominican’s Republic Samana Peninsula. But that’s not all. The As the coconut-covered mountains march down to the sea below, they are intercepted by the vibrant coral reefs that teem with dozens upon dozens of brightly-colored fish. Besides the fish, you’re likely also to encounter spiny lobsters in the crystal-clear waters. As if that’s not enough beauty, remember that the streams merge to form playful waterfalls as they tumble down the verdant hills. As a result, the shrill chatter of the bright green, Dominican parrots is muted by the beautiful incessant roar.

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Cool azure waters, immaculately white sandy beaches and balmy and hot Caribbean nights. That’s the signature of the Dominican’s Republic Samana Peninsula. But that’s not all. The As the coconut-covered mountains march down to the sea below, they are intercepted by the vibrant coral reefs that teem with dozens upon dozens of brightly-colored fish. Besides the fish, you’re likely also to encounter spiny lobsters in the crystal-clear waters. As if that’s not enough beauty, remember that the streams merge to form playful waterfalls as they tumble down the verdant hills. As a result, the shrill chatter of the bright green, Dominican parrots is muted by the beautiful incessant roar.

At night, the cool oceanic breeze murmurs through the coconut palm trees and cicadas dance to their own rhythm. On the same note, the melodic and soothing strains of the Bachata, Salsa and Merengue serve as the backdrop to the sight and sounds of the otherwise starry night.

There’s no denying that Samana is one of the few paradisal places on earth. Even the great explorer – Christopher Columbus – confirmed it by saying that it was, “one of the few fairest places on earth.” The Dominicans and the visiting guests alike also term it as one of the prettiest sections of the Hispaniola island. Recently, National Geographic quoted it as the crown jewel of the Republica Dominicana. In other words, it’s still the most natural, unpolluted and untouched places you can find in the Caribbean.

Speaking of pristine, the Samana Peninsula sparse population, mountainous terrain and of course, virgin beaches stand in an astounding juxtapose to the already developed Caribbean. If anything, the abundance of the tropical forests here is almost unreal if not just fantastic. It’s hard, for instance, to come across a mop of natural vegetation side by side a pearl-sandy beach, especially in a world obsessed with developing artificially every acre of land man can lay his hands on.

But unlike all other privately developed coastlines, Samana can easily be said to be the ‘real’ Caribbean. The Caribbean you would have come across had you visited this place more than that 30 years ago. The kind of Caribbean that evokes the dark memories of the tropical shore that welcomed the captured slaves from Africa. The roads leading to here are still the same weather-beaten dirt roads that carry with them the mystery of the unexplored Caribbean.

Every adventure in Samana is worth savoring. Spending a day or two here is worth every second of the day and, of course, every cent spent. There’s this queer way in which this tropical island helps smoothen the rough and jagged edges that have become a characteristic of modern-day life. It awakens the memories of the long past era where tropical beaches were meant to be relaxing, inspiring and revitalizing places. That’s the splendor and beauty of the unspoiled tropical beaches of Samana Peninsula.

However, perhaps the best thing about Samana is how you can seamlessly and quickly book a spot at a resort based here online and the comfort of your home/office. And this goes to show just how easy and pleasurable taking a break from that stressful job can be.

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Dining in Samana

Samana is an idyllic coastal town situated on the peninsula of the same name on the north shore of the Dominican Republic. Tropical sun, gentle breezes, and luscious vegetation await the traveler to this popular vacation spot. Embracing the best of everything Dominican cuisine has to offer, from its unique blend of Spanish colonial and Caribbean, African and Asian influences, a trip to Samana is an opportunity to embrace the distinct culinary marvels of this island nation. Samana has everything needed to make your vacation dreams come true, and its mouth-watering delights are waiting to be explored.

Situated in the Caribbean, it’s natural that the other islands of this part of the world would play a significant part in the country’s dietary preferences. Caribbean staples such as rice, corn, beans and meats such as beef and chicken are complemented by fresh seafood catches which abound in the Dominican Republic. The seasonings particular to geographical region come into play, and Dominicans enjoy being creative with their entrees.

Perhaps one of the largest influences of Dominican cuisine found in Samana is Spanish. Indeed, Samana was the last stop made by Christopher Columbus on his voyage to the New World in 1493. The city’s rich history and diverse ethnic mix has never forgotten its Spanish colonial roots, and it’s readily reflected in their culinary offerings. Arroz con leche o arroz con dulce is a delicious rice pudding favored by the Spanish immigrants of five centuries past, and it is still revered throughout the country. Another hugely Spanish influenced-dish is creme de caramel, a sweet egg custard that is a favorite dessert.

As with all Caribbean nations, African traditions have also made their way into the local cuisine. Mangu is a dish featuring plantain that has been mashed and is a traditional food which has roots in the African variant, fufu. Mangu is probably closest to what the Dominican Republic would consider to be a national dish, and this pleasant creation is enjoyed throughout the island. Most authentic Dominican restaurants in Samana will have Mangu on their menu, and no trip to the Dominican Republic would be complete without savoring this authentic example of local cuisine.

Other favorite dishes to be found in Samana include yaniqueue – a patois version of johnnycakes – which is a sweet derived from sugarcane. Pasteles en hojas are boiled banana leafs stuffed with meat and enveloped in a paste made of either plantain or tubers. And the Mexican-influenced tostones are prevalent throughout Samana, and can be found from fine dining establishments down to local street carts.

For dining on the beach with a delightful view of the ocean, Las Ballenas Escondidas is an excellent choice to enjoy seafood perfection. For an affordable, fun and authentic dining experience, the Tierra y Mar Restaurant is a great way to sample some incredible local cuisine.

Samana has everything the visiting Dominican Republic tourist could want, and its culinary treasures can’t be beaten. Take a stroll through this beautiful city and uncover hidden dining gems that you will remember wherever in the world your adventures take you.

Samana Nightlife

Samana Province’s nightlife scene encompasses a good selection of tourist-friendly waterfront bars with a distinctive Caribbean vibe, popular nightclubs centered mostly in Las Terrenas and sophisticated gourmet restaurants serving both authentic Dominican and international cuisine. Nightly entertainment is provided by most all-inclusive resorts in the area.

The world-famous and unique Café del Mar, the iconic label behind the mega-successful Café del Mar Ibiza compilations, opened its doors in 2010 at Puerto Bahia Resort & Marina. It is conveniently situated in a privileged location, just 5 km from the town of Samana. Synonymous with top-quality electronic contemporary music, Café del Mar Puerto Bahia combines ultra-modern architecture, sophisticated interior design and spectacular landscape to provide a classy, refined and inviting ambiance where you can revel in the famed beauty of Samana sunsets, while feasting your ears on the finest original music and delighting your senses with select dishes and drinks.

Finding your way around the scenic town of Samana is extremely easy, as Highway 5, the main highway that cuts across Peninsula de Samana turns into the Malecon (Avenida La Marina), running along the waterfront and then taking off east to the quaint fishing village of Las Galeras. The bars, late-night restaurants and nightclubs along the Malecon are the happening spots in Samana town, with several rum shacks blaring bachata and merengue.

If you are looking to dance until dawn in a modern and cool setting, be sure to head to Naomi Disco & Dance Club, the slickest nightclub in Samana, playing merengue and European hits. Cielito disco bar and nightclub is another hot spot in Samana. While in Las Galeras, make your way to Indiana’s the open-air dance club located along the main road Careterra Los Galeras and blasting bachata and merengue for an authentic, unique dancing experience under the stars.

The nightlife scene in the little and laid-back beachfront town of Las Terrenas run mostly by French expats is surprisingly impressive. Featuring fog machines, lasers and cool lights, the three-story high-end disco and nightclub Gaia is one of the hot dance spots in town, going ballistic just after midnight. On each floor, DJs play different styles of music, from tropical, electronic and house on the first floor to pop-dance, merengue and hip-hop on the more exclusive second floor and don-tempo lounge music on the third floor called the Penthouse, which has morphed into a sushi bar.

If you prefer relaxing lounge-style music, another great option is Syroz, one of the best bars in Las Terrenas, located on Calle Liberta and open every night until 4 am. El Mosquito art bar is very popular with art and new jazz enthusiasts who can admire both the artwork and sunset in a cozy and relaxing atmosphere. The beachfront DJ-fueled dance club El Toro sobre el Techo at Pueblo de los Pescadores is the perfect spot for themed nights and super parties. Mingle with the locals in a friendly ambiance and dance the night away to Latin rhythms such as merengue, salsa and bachata while improving your moves with the aid of the Bailarines de Camelot dancing school members at La Bodega and Xava C Bon Bar & Tapas dance clubs.

Bahia Principe


 
Free Weddings only applicable for select resorts*
  • Late check-out (subject to availability) for the couple and parents
  • Room upgrade (subject to availability upon arrival) for the couple and parents
  • VIP Amenities in the room for the bride and groom
  • Professional services of an onsite wedding coordinator
  • Romantic ornamental decoration of the wedding site (location assigned after arrival)
  • Standard wedding cake or variety of chef’s custom pastry dessert choice
  • Celebration toast (domestic brand) after the ceremony
  • Music for the marriage ceremony with recorded CD (couple may bring their own)
  • 5 Professional pictures of the wedding (digital copies)
  • Witnesses (if required)
  • Bride’s bouquet (tropical local flowers)
  • Groom’s boutonniere
  • 10% discount on spa treatments (except pedicure, manicure, hairdresser and makeup)
  • Semi-private sit-down wedding reception dinner with set menu
  • Romantic decoration in couple’s room
  • Special welcome surprise
  • Domestic bottle of wine upon arrival in room (just for the couple)
**See list below. Up to 17 guests. Surcharges apply for additional guests. Judge fees not included for civil ceremonies. All wedding guests must stay at hotel where wedding is held. Extra fees to use external photographer. Up to 17 guests. Surcharges apply for additional guests. Wedding packages from 10:00am until 13:00pm. Free Symbolic Weddings available at the following hotels: Grand Bahia Principe San Juan, Grand Bahia Principe La Romana, Grand Bahia Principe Portillo, Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa, Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana, Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa, Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica (black out dates Jan 15th until March 15th), Luxury Bahia Principe Sian Ka’an DPC.
  • Late check out (subject to availability) for the couple and parents
  • Room upgrade (subject to availability upon arrival) for the couple and parents
  • VIP Amenities in the room for the bride and groom
  • Professional services of an onsite wedding coordinator
  • Romantic ornamental decoration of the wedding site (location assigned after arrival)
  • Standard wedding cake or variety of chef’s custom pastry dessert choice
  • Celebration toast (domestic brand) after the ceremony
  • Music for the marriage ceremony with recorded CD (couple may bring their own)
  • 10 Professional pictures of the wedding (digital copies)
  • Witnesses (if required)
  • Bride’s bouquet (tropical local flowers)
  • Groom’s boutonniere
  • 15% discount on spa treatments (except pedicure, manicure, hairdresser and makeup)
  • Semi-private sit-down wedding reception dinner with set menu
  • Romantic decoration in couple’s room
  • Luxury turndown service for the couple and parents
  • Special welcome surprise
  • Domestic bottle of wine upon arrival in room (just for the couple)
  • Newlywed’s romantic breakfast in bed the morning after the wedding for the bride and groom
  • VIP treatment for the couple
*Up to 17 guests. Surcharges apply for additional guests. Wedding packages from 10:00am until 13:00pm. Free Symbolic Weddings available at the following hotels: Grand Bahia Principe San Juan, Grand Bahia Principe La Romana, Grand Bahia Principe Portillo, Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa, Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana, Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro, Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica (black out dates Jan 15th until March 15th), Luxury Bahia Principe Sian Ka’an DPC
  • Late check-out (subject to availability) for the couple and parents
  • Room upgrade (subject to availability upon arrival) for the couple and parents
  • VIP Amenities in the room for the bride, groom, and parents
  • Professional services of an onsite wedding coordinator
  • Romantic ornamental decoration of the wedding site (location assigned after arrival)
  • Standard wedding cake or variety of chef’s custom pastry dessert choice
  • Champagne luxury toast with Moet Chandon after the ceremony (max 4 bottles)
  • Music for the marriage ceremony with recorded CD (couple may bring their own)
  • Live music (ceremony or dinner)
  • 15 professional pictures of the wedding (digital copies)
  • Witnesses (if required)
  • Bride’s bouquet (tropical local flowers)
  • Groom’s boutonniere
  • Special fresh, elegant floral decor on the bridal table
  • 20% discount on spa treatments (except pedicure, manicure, hairdresser and makeup)
  • Semi-private sit-down wedding reception dinner with set menu
  • Romantic decoration in couple’s room
  • Luxury turndown service for the couple and parents
  • Special welcome surprise
  • International bottle of wine upon arrival in room (just for the couple)
  • Newlywed’s romantic breakfast in bed the morning after the wedding for the bride and groom
  • Romantic candlelight dinner with reservation
  • VIP treatment for the couple
*Up to 17 guests. Surcharges apply for additional guests. Wedding packages from 10:00am until 13:00pm. Free Symbolic Weddings available at the following hotels: Grand Bahia Principe San Juan, Grand Bahia Principe La Romana, Grand Bahia Principe Portillo, Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa, Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana, Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa, Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro, Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica (black out dates Jan 15th until March 15th), Luxury Bahia Principe Sian Ka’an DPC
  • Late check-out (subject to availability) for the couple and parents
  • Room upgrade for the couple and parents
  • VIP Amenities in the room for the bride, groom, and parents
  • Professional services of an onsite wedding coordinator
  • Romantic ornamental decoration of the wedding site (location assigned after arrival)
  • Standard wedding cake or variety of chef’s custom pastry dessert choice
  • Champagne luxury toast with Moet Chandon after the ceremony (max 7 bottles)
  • Music for the marriage ceremony with recorded CD (couple may bring their own)
  • Live music (ceremony or dinner)
  • 25 professional pictures of the wedding (digital copies)
  • Witnesses (if required)
  • Manicure and pedicure for the bride
  • Bride’s bouquet (tropical local flowers)
  • Groom’s boutonniere
  • Special fresh, elegant floral decor on the bridal table
  • Cocktails and canapés served after the ceremony for 1 hour
  • 30 minute massage spa treatments
  • Semi-private sit-down wedding reception dinner with set menu
  • Open bar after reception dinner for 2 hours
  • Romantic decoration in couple’s room
  • Luxury turndown service for the couple and parents
  • Special welcome surprise
  • International bottle of wine upon arrival in room (just for the couple)
  • Newlywed’s romantic breakfast in bed the morning after the wedding for the bride, groom, and parents
  • Romantic candlelight dinner with reservation
  • VIP treatment for the couple and parents
  • Special wedding present from Bahía Príncipe (3 free nights based on minimum stay of 7 nights, same room category, same season
*Up to 17 guests. Surcharges apply for additional guests. Wedding packages from 10:00am until 13:00pm. Free Symbolic Weddings available at the following hotels: Grand Bahia Principe San Juan, Grand Bahia Principe La Romana, Grand Bahia Principe Portillo, Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa, Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana, Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa, Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro, Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica (black out dates Jan 15th until March 15th), Luxury Bahia Principe Sian Ka’an DPC † All wedding package prices and inclusions are subject to change without notice. Government and administrative fees and taxes are not included unless otherwise stated. Pricing and wedding package inclusions vary by hotel/resort. Symbolic ceremonies are not legally binding. Unless otherwise stated, additional fees will be assessed for the services of a judge or minister. The wedding packages described herein are sold directly by independent suppliers and not by Apple Vacations. Apple Vacations does not accept and expressly disclaims any liability for the actions or omissions of these independent suppliers.

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