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- We have been coming for 20 years and considered well deserved the title of one of the best beaches in the world . Not this year. The disappearance of turista caused by COVId, or perhaps the currents have caused an already dramatically reduced in size beach to be as filthy as we have ever seen it, with plastic everywhere. Thanks to whomever kept presentable at least the last portion near the braza del mar restaurant and sorry we did not have the foresight or courage to pick up some trash ourselves.Written 3 December 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Stunning beach! Quiet, with calm and still water that's different shades of turqouise, and clear all the way down to the bottom!Written 10 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- It was truly amazing! What a great, bautiful and wonderful park this is! We went with a speedboat over the lake and then into to mangrove. We say lots of birds and spider crabs.Written 1 August 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Nice place to spend a few days enjoying the beach and the local area. Excellent place with several lodges and hotels to choose from.Written 1 August 2022
- I think the thing to point out is that there are several ways into the falls, and each appears to have their own horses. We were given beautiful horses, not neglected at all, and my guide/companion obviously cared for them too. When we stopped in the river for photos, he was splashing water onto my horse’s back to cool him down. I certainly would never have ridden on an abused animal.
We visited after heavy rains, and if we hadn’t ridden, we would have had to wade through waist high water. The mud was deep too. I had never been on a horse before, but managed perfectly well, and my guide, Dowery, was very attentive. But bear in mind that no riding helmets were provided, and that you’re probably not insured for horse riding. This only occurred to me some way along the long trek.
The guides are indeed unpaid, so during lockdown must have really suffered. They were expecting more than thirty dollars each, especially as tourist are still in short supply, so this starts making the excursion expensive.
The falls are worth it, but bear in mind there’s still a steep rocky walk after you get off the horse.
You can buy drinks and snacks at a little cafe at the top of the falls.
One way to avoid all the hassle of tipping etc etc, is to book through SANTI EXCURSIONS, firstname.lastname@example.org, +18293429976. I believe that their prices include everything, and lunch if you wish. They were recommended by our hotel, but for complicated reasons, we didn’t end up using them.Written 4 April 2022
- This is a very beautiful beach, with enough space to walk and enjoy the sand. It has places where you can order food to eat in the beachWritten 29 January 2022
- This beach has it all: plenty of space, a beautiful beach with trees to keep you from getting too warm/sunburnt, and several fun bar/resaurants.Written 9 February 2022
- Beautiful town of Samana and great place to see migrating whales. Many choices of hotels and vendors that will take you to see the whales.Written 1 August 2022
- It was an extreme situation, because I afraid high, really. And horses are small in Dominicana república. Althrough my children enjoyed riding horses! And me too😜 2 hours in jungle 🌴🌴🌴 on the pictures I looked so happy because I stay alive 🥂 cheersWritten 23 December 2021
- There are many great beaches in Las Terranas, but this is a truly wonderful one. This is mainly because a river winds its way through palm trees to the sea, and the landscape is absolutely stunning. A photographer’s dream.
There are a couple of good tavernas on the beach.
The sea can be rough here, and there’s a bit of an undertow, so it might not be good for little children. But if you just jump around in the shallows, it’s absolutely fine.Written 12 February 2022
- Best beach ⛱ I have ever seen! Feels truly like a heaven on earth. Anyone who is staying around here must visit this place.Written 28 July 2020
- This was also one stop on the safari excursion from Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa. Lava formed this Blowhole when the tide rushes in it creates a gyser makes for great pics .Written 10 January 2019
- Gorgeous crystal clear river with cold water that runs into the ocean. It is located in Playa Rincon and the trip from the town of Samana is about an hour ride through small towns and along the peninsula with beautiful scenery. The road runs through a mountain that allows gorgeous view of the cliffs that are covered with lush green, unspoiled jungle lined with thousands of coconut trees. Once you arrive at Playa Rincon, take a right and follow the road for about 3 minutes and it dead end in Cano Frio. There you can enjoy vendors that prepare fresh cooked fish, fried plantains, rice, beer, rum, coke at decent prices. I would suggest arriving around 9 in the morning since the place will get very crowded. There is no fee to enjoy the river or the beach! Highly recommended! Ah, you can drive there, the road is paved until you reach the beach and then you can drive to the river, no need for a 4x4.Written 1 August 2022
- As of December of 2017, the road to the trailhead is easily accessible in any vehicle. It is paved until the last two kilometers, which are gravel, and then switches to packed sand that leads to a parking lot.
The first 3/4 of a mile or so of the trail has a decent amount of elevation gain and loss and then levels out for a couple of miles. It varies from open road to narrow path and is easily recognizable. We passed several friendly locals with donkeys carrying goods.
We only had a few hours to check it out and had to turn around at the 3 mile point but what we did see was absolutely stunning. The variety of views, plants and topography made us wish we had time to finish the trail.
Standard advice applies: make sure you have enough water, snacks and daylight. Make sure someone knows you are out on the trail. Wear good shoes and check the weather before going.
It had rained the evening prior and we didn’t head out until later in the afternoon. There were still some muddy spots but not anything unreasonable. I do not recommend hiking this trail if it is raining or if there has been a recent heavy rain without sufficient time to dry out.
Fun fact: Google Maps will work on an iPhone in airplane mode with GPS enabled. This is handy way to track your progress along the trail.
Keep in mind the trail runs along the east side of the peninsula and in the shadow of the mountain so allow plenty of time for the return trip as it will get dark earlier than expected. Take the time to relax in the refreshing crystal clear waters of Cano Frio after your hike and enjoy your adventure!Written 21 December 2017
- It is near by the Albachiara Hotel and there are plenty of bars and restaurants facing this beach. I do not recommend Las Terrenas Beach, but this one is beautiful! Make sure to carry your repellent and drinking water because you can find mosquitoes in the whole town 🦟 and the bottled water is very expensive in Las Terrenas (the regular price is RD$15 or RD$20 for 16oz but in Las Terrenas you will find it at RD$50 and RD$60) if you guys get thirsty you will have to buy several bottles cause one wont be enough for more than one person. If coming with children maybe you could bring mosquito nest for the crib, just in case. (I didn’t have to use mine but you never know)Written 16 October 2020
Frequently Asked Questions about Samana Province
- The best day trips from Samana Province according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- El Limon Waterfall and Bacardi Island Tour from Punta Cana
- 27 Waterfalls Damajagua Tour from Cabarete Sosua & Puerto Plata
- Los Haitises National Park with Montana Redonda, River and Lunch from Punta Cana
- Full-Day Trip to Limon Waterfall and Bacardi Island
- Los Haitises & Cayo Levantado (Lunch included, from Samana in Catamaran or Boat)