Samana is a small town and the capital of the Samana peninsula and while there is very little to see, it is the main departure point for several of the main excursions in the area. The excursion check-list includes the following: Salto de Limon (waterfall), Los Haitises National Park, Cayo Levantado (an island with a large Bahia Principe hotel and not much else) and whale-watching. Although people travel from all over the world for these activities, make sure that you are aware these are well on the beaten tourist track.
With a high concentration of tourists just passing through the town for a day, there isn't really much of a holiday atmosphere here and while the Limon waterfall, Los Haitises and whale-watching are three of the highlights, the number of tourists at these attractions takes away a large fraction of the charm.
For whale-watching visitors must arrive between January and March to be sure to see them; some guides and excursion companies will insist that you have a good chance of seeing whales even outside of the season, but this is simply false.
For the Limon waterfall and Los Haitises, make sure you leave early in the morning in order to avoid the crowds, which makes the whole experience worth it. The waterfall is a 45-minute journey through beautiful tropical woodlands boasting beautiful views over the surrounding valley; the trip is made on horseback with a local guide.
The excursion to Los Haitises will be the most costly on the trip; prices range between £20-£40, so make sure you shop around first. A recommended excursion agency that really cares about the environment and sustainability is Casa de Las Terrenas (ask for Stéphanie, the French owner). It takes about 40 minutes to reach the islands that are just magical. Wild and natural, the islands look like something out of Jurassic Park. There are also three main caves adorned with several paintings that date back to the Tainos Indians, the indigenous population who lived on the island before the Spanish arrived.
These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Samana . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Samana so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Samana , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.
The maximum temperature is <24°, temperature felt between 33°C and 36°C.
Heavy rain - averaging over 4.5mm per day.
Overcast 60% to 80% cloud cover.
High air temperature (>24°C), high sea temperature (>24°C), light to moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).
Near optimal comfort: moderate to light winds (between 6 mph and 7 mph) in a warm enviromnment (>24°C).
Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.