Samaná peninsula in the northeast of the Dominican Republic is considered the most beautiful region of the country, thanks to its unspoiled natural beauty and incredible biodiversity. It is endowed with countless virgin beaches, coconut palm groves, rain forest, waterfalls, evergreen mountains, and gorges.
Las Galeras is a small fishing village that now boasts an expat enclave as an addition. It is located on the very tip of the Samaná peninsula, in the middle of Rincón Bay, protected by numerous coral reefs and surrounded by some of the most beautiful virgin beaches in the Caribbean, including the famous Playa Rincón, a five-mile-long strip of white sand, and the exotic Playa Frontón.
During the day, Las Galeras swarms with visitors who embark on boat trips to Playa Rincón, Playa Colorado, Playa Madama, or Playa Frontón. Located on the Atlantic coast and surrounded by impressive cliffs, rows of coconut palms or lush rainforest, these white, yellow or orange sandy beaches (pick the color of your choice!) are a paradise for snorkelers and divers. Nature lovers can also reach them by hiking or horseback riding.
Many of the beaches have become famous through movies and TV series that were filmed on them, most famously Pirates of the Caribbean or several episodes of the Survivor.
Of course, you can also just play a game of dominoes at a local bar or relax on a nearby La Playita Beach equipped with parasols, chaises longues, a bar and a restaurant. It is nice to take an evening stroll or a bike ride around the village and the main Las Galeras beach.
There are no hotel chain establishments, no fast-food restaurants, and no multi-story buildings. On many beaches you might end up meeting just a few more people or being by yourself.
A number of local restaurants, owned by European, American or Canadian expats, offer a variety of dining options, from pizzas and fresh Italian pasta to French specialties and Spanish paellas. Basic local services are offered in the village of Las Galeras: a pharmacy, a supermarket, an ATM machine, a bank.