Samana Peninsula © Jens JÃ¤pel
Jutting out into the Atlantic like a finger, the beautiful Samaná Peninsula to the east of the island is a remote area with deserted white sand beaches, palm forests and clear, calm waters. Hidden towns and fishing villages, brightly painted Dominican homes, and a Mediterranean-influenced atmosphere characterise the communities here.
Dominating the interior are mountain passes negotiated by winding roads that offer magnificent views, lush vegetation and cool waterfalls. The Samaná Peninsula is also known for the migration of humpback whales between January and March every year to the sheltered warm waters along its coast.