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Santa Bárbara de Samaná
The official name of the city is Santa Bárbara de Samaná; but these days it's just called "Samaná." An authentic port town, it's just getting its bearings as a tourist zone, and compared to Las Galeras and Las Terrenas there are very few reasons to spend time here. It has a typical malecón (seaside promenade) that's ideal for strolling and watching the boats in the harbor. A small but bustling town, Samaná is filled with friendly residents, skilled local craftsmen selling their wares, and a handful of outdoor restaurants.
A big all-inclusive resort, the Bahía Príncipe Cayacoa, is on one end of the bay road on a hill. Day passes are available (and the resort has the only beaches in town). The hotel also operates a block of new and colorful gift shops and a small casino. This group is the town's first (and so far only) attempt to capture cruise-ship-passenger money. It's the very colorful and new string of buildings called Pueblo Marina. Along Avenida del Malecón is Victoria Marine, ground zero for tours to see whales from January until late March, as well as the Los Haitises park across the bay.
Santa Bárbara de Samaná at a Glance
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