Ah, beautiful Samaná. An ecotourism paradise with gorgeous, uncrowded beaches, turquoises-blue water, hypnotizing waterfalls, sweet fruit, and warm, welcoming smiles. Enjoy my February 2014 journey through my Instagram images tagged with #EcoSamana.
Connecting in Miami from Tampa to Santo Domingo, DR.
As soon as I landed, I dove into the local food scene with a chicken empanada. Yum!
I was fascinated with the Bannister Hotel’s lobby floors. Small river stones created beautiful mosaics.
Golden light of sunset is seen from my room at the boutique, Bannister Hotel.
A big day needs a big breakfast, Dominican style. Eggs, fried cheese and mangu seen in the background which is mashed plantains with fried onions.
Catching the boat for Los Haitises National Park.
Sitting in a boat on the El Naranjo (a river) into La Pesquera, a limestone cave. Pretty cool, right?
A rock carving in Los Haitises National Park believed to be about 1,000 years old. Pretty amazing, right?
Catching a boat with Dario Perez Service & Travel for Playa Rincón.
Dinner at La Mata Rosada. Can you see the outline of a fork in the dessert (pictured at the top of the image?)
Fishermen pulled these oysters out that morning and shucked them for hungry tourists in Las Terrenas.
Lunch at Parada Basilio y Ramona following a horseback ride to El Limón Waterfall.
Hypnotizing El Limón Waterfall. I can’t get over how stunningly beautiful it is. Well worth the walk UP.
Whale watching. Those humpback whales are incredible animals. Another check off my bucket list.
Pina Colada at Cayo Levantado.
Men seeking shelter from the rain by playing dominoes at D’Vieja Pan a third-generation owned bakery certified as a Dominica Treasure. The Dominican Treasures certification program (DT) is supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and overseen by the Dominican Tourism Competitiveness Board (CDTC).
Seeing the sunrise on my last morning in Samaná.
Oh, Samaná. I can’t wait to see you again.
Disclosure: I was a guest of the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism and their U.S.-based public relations agency of record, BVK. They have not reviewed this post and opinions are my own.