City Review: Samaná and Surrounding Areas
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Samaná Peninsula (Samaná, Las Terrenas, Las Galeras)
Relampago’s City Rating:
- Nightlife: Excellent
- Chance to score: Excellent
- Beer prices: 100 pesos, or $2
- Food prices: Pica pollo for $3-5
- Lodging: From $20/night
- Things to do besides chase women: Many options
If mocha and chocolate women are you bag, you will find yourself in paradise pretty much anywhere on the island of the Dominican Republic. They’re keen to meet Americans and Europeans, and are some of the best overall women I’ve found in all my travels. Many make great LTR prospects, but beware the actresses that only go for gringo money and have a papi chulo banging them when Beta Bucks guy isn’t around.
Come for the women, but stay for the culture and music. Bachata, Merengue and Salsa dancing abound, and you’ll hear those melodical musical forms wherever you may roam. Usually, eminating from cozy discotecas serving Presidente beer, Caipirinhas, and Santo Libres. Take the time to learn at least one form of dancing, because it will be worth it. This is a very social culture and dancing puts you in the middle of all the action.
One of the most secluded, but most unspoiled and beautiful areas on the entire island of Hispaniola is the Samaná Peninsula. About a 3 hour bus ride from El Capital, it’s off the beaten path. The town of Samaná (technically Santa Barbara de Samaná) is a quiet, picturesque bayside town that reminds you of the Good Old Days. A quick boat ride will take you to the barrier island of Cayo Levantado in the middle of Samaná Bay. The world-reknowned Playa Rincon is a short motoconcho ride away.
In many ways, this entire peninsula is paradise, defined. Palms line its lush, scenic mountains. There are no big box stores or Americanization to be found. Women are, for the most part, thin and very friendly. Whales inhabit Samaná Bay part of the year, and this is one of the best whale watching locations on the planet. Water is turqouise blue and crystal clear, and beaches are pristine.
Day trips can take you to slightly more cosmopolitan Las Terrenas, where French and Italian expats have become so numerous they’ve practically established a colony there. Then, there’s tiny Las Galeras which offers some of the most scenic beaches and ocean views anywhere. El Limon is about midway between Las Terrenas and Samana, and the waterfall – accessible only on horseback or mule – is a treat.
Be sure to try some pica pollo y tostones to eat while you’re here, and if you get really lucky you might find a girl who knows how to make you chuleta con ñame. You’ll need to brush up on your Spanish skills, because almost nobody speaks English here. That’s a very good thing, as it has insulated this part of Latin America from degenerate and materialistic Anglo American cultural influence.
If you prefer a pretty, promiscuous girlfriend, Puerto Plata, Sosua, and Cabarete should be your destination. Those locations are a 3 hour guagua ride from the capital or Samaná. You’ll be approached by numerous, sexy girls and will have your pick of hot dates, especially in Sosua. More of them will speak at least a little broken English there.
Overall, few places I’ve visited in this world bring me the pleasure and peace of mind Samaná does.
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