Luxury and boutique hotels on the Samaná Peninsula
The Samaná Peninsula, on the white-sand–trimmed north coast of the Dominican Republic, is where nature invites you to play – whether that’s beach frolicking, wave riding in surf haven Las Terrenas or trotting along on horseback to El Limón waterfall (plus a spot of canyoning while you’re there).
When to go
From December to April, the Peninsula’s weather is warm and dry (it’s the ideal window for whale-watching, too, although you may share sightings with other enthusiasts). Off-season, the humidity rises.
PlanesThe peninsula is best served by El Catey International Airport (Samaná), but you could also fly into Puerto Plata or Santiago De Los Caballeros, both around a three-hour drive. Or fly into Las Americas International (Santo Domingo) by the island’s capital city and you’ll be in beach heaven in around two hours.
AutomobilesWhen you’re not on horseback, you may want a car is to explore the natural beauty spots nearby (although travel at night is best avoided). Santo Domingo’s airport offers car rentals through most major agencies, or your hotel should be able to recommend a local driver to chauffeur you.