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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.
- Really recommend checking this place out, especially if you can either get there by boat or get out on the water from the park. Really interesting and beautiful little islands, lots of birds. Natural caves with some vestiges of the Taino, the indigenous people that were wiped out by the Europeans. The lodge is gorgeous.Written 5 February 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Had a lot of fun along this beach with family. Found a quiet spot to hang some hammocks from. Mangroves and tidal pools had a good variety of tropical fish and hermit crabs to keep kids busy for hours. Beautiful calm waterWritten 10 July 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Took a ships tour out to see the whales.and did we see them,hudreds all around the boat,mothers and babies spouting,and flapping their tales.Amazing.
Then walked into town,a pleasant walk along the sea front,which is really being improved with well shaped trees and flowering bushes.Still ways to go,but I’m sure it will be done soon.Stopped near the town,and bought a drink...juice....and sat under an umbrella and watched the world go by....very relaxing.
Went into a “jewelry “ shop on the way back to the ship.Delightful gentleman helped us,not pushy at all.Id go back there and tour next time.Written 26 February 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Caño Frío as in Cold River is located in Samaná near Playa Rincón, the river is cold but it has clean, clear waters and white sands.
It's a virgin área, no hotels or resorts, most people get to the place in a tour while in Samana or you can drive to it if you know the way.
This area has the river meeting the sea and it's a beautiful place to relax, bath and admire nature, you can place one foot in the river and another on the sea.
There's local food and small gift shop in the area but the best part is just relaxing and bathing in Caño Frío or the beach in front of it.
Like I said is near Playa Rincon, most hotels in Samana include this location with the ATV tours, the locals in the are are not pushy.
There's also boats which take you up the river for 200 Dominican Pesos I believe if you have the time.
Just go there and enjoy this place, like I said, it's just to relax and disconnect for at least 1 or 2 hours.Written 16 October 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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 2017This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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
- Los Haitises National Park with Montana Redonda, River and Lunch from Punta Cana
- 27 Waterfalls Damajagua Tour from Cabarete Sosua & Puerto Plata
- Full-Day Tour of Cayo Levantado and Los Haitises National Park
- Full-Day Trip to Limon Waterfall and Bacardi Island