Cayo Levantado island, also knowned as Bacardi island is located in Samana Bay at a distance by boat of only 7 Kilometers (4 Miles) from Samana Town. Boat leaves at 9:00 AM EVERY MORNING from the main dock of the port of Samana, just accross the bank of BANCO POPULAR. This is a "not-to-be-missed" beach to visit when vacationning in Samana. Cayo Levantado is a tiny island of about only 3 square kilometers in size. We can easily say that this is the BEST BEACH near the small town of Samana, pure white sand beach with crystal clear waters that is totally idyllic, gorgeous and exceptional... paradise truly found so near by. Many choices of great Seafood Restaurants and Small Bars are to be found on the island.
Playa Rincon is located about 28 kilometers (17 miles) from the Port of the Town of Samana. This spectacular secluded Caribbean beach is one of the most beautiful in the Dominican Republic, and was rated as one of the 10 Best Beaches in the World by Conde Nast Traveler. The white sand beach stretches about four kilometers and remains very secluded, far away from any resorts or hotels, only a few Restaurants and Bars are to be found on the beach. One of the best way to get there is by renting a vehicle or with an ATV Four Wheelers to ride on the less-than-perfect roads leading to this piece of tropical paradise.
Playa Fronton is a very secluded beach located in Cabo Samana. The best way to get there is to hire a small boat, called YOLA from the main beach in Las Galeras. Its also possible to hike there for the adventurous ones, you gotta be in good shaoe for that one ! Great spot for snorkeling and get disconnected from it all.
Playa Madama is also a very isolated and untamed beach located in Cabo Samana. Also a great snorkeling spot. Most people explore both beaches (Fronton & Madama) when they hire a boat from Las Galeras to get here.
La Playita beach is located only 3 kilometers (1.5 miles) from downtown Las Galeras. The street access to get there, which is a bit hard to find the first time, is located accross the bank of Banco Reservas. This lovely little white sand beach is perfect for the whole family since the cristal clear waters are very shallow making it perfect for kids to enjoy safely and also to snorkel. You'll find there 2 restaurants, lounge chairs and palapa to rent, massage services, a volleyball field, even some boats to hire to go explore Playa Rincon located some 5 kilometers (3 miles) from there. This beach is also a favorite spot amongst local residents of the region of Samana.
Playa El Frances is located about half way between Samana City and the village of Las Galeras. A beautiful stretch of beach quite unknown to many, without any services or restaurants, the way nature intended it. This golden sand beach is shared in part with THE COVE Condominium Resort, also called La Ensenada in spanish.
This beach of El Valle is a bit hard of access since the road to get there is quite accidented and full of potholes, and there is a small river to cross that sometimes the water level is quite high and can be a bit hard for most vehicles to pass. But if you do make it out there, you'll say WOW! Playa El Valle is a truly unique secluded beach and kind of at the end of the world. Be advised that the under currents of that beach are very strong and for childrens it could be dangerous, even for adults that are good swimmers. You'll find spread along the 1.5 kms (1 mile) beach a couple of typical beach restaurants to enjoy fresh delicious seafood.
A beautiful get away from it all.
Playa Anadel beach is located very near the town of Samana at about 4 kms (2.5 miles) away and remains really bared most of the time.
The most beautiful part of this beach is at the CAYENAS Beach Club where you'll find a restaurant-bar, showers, super clean bathrooms and a private small dock for incoming boats.
My own personal favorite spot so close to town.
(I've been coming here 3 times a week for the last 7 years!)
Playa Cayacoa is our local beach right here in downtown Samana. Only a 5-10 minutes walk away from anywhere in the town of Samana, this small beach is shared with the GBP Cayacoa Hotel and is open to the public. This very small golden sand beach has pretty nice clear waters for swimming and snorkeling most of the year except when there are strong rains which makes the ocean waters a bit merky. On the premises you'll find a small restaurant-bar and a gift shop. This is also where you'll find the entrance to the famous Bridges of Samana (Also knowed as the Bridges to Nowhere), perfect place for a nice healthy and quiet walk with fantastic surrounding views of the town, bay and peninsula of Samana.