Most people will tell you that the best beaches in the country are found around the Samana Peninsula - and it's not hard to see why. Miles and miles of palm and coconut trees adorn this beautiful part of the country - with over seven million palm trees on the peninsula alone, Samana has one of the world's greatest concentrations. Cutting down palm trees is actually illegal unless another tree is planted to replace it.
The small town of Las Terrenas has miles and miles of fine golden sandy beaches lined by iridescent turquoise waters. Las Galeras, a small village on the eastern-most coast of the peninsula is however, where you will find the most spectacular beaches. Playa Rincon, located just outside the main village can be accessed via craggy dirt tracks - it can be reached via 4x4, buggy, horse or motorbike.
The other two beaches, Madama and Fronton can be reached by hiking, on horseback or by boat, and are well worth the endeavour.
A splendid bridge connecting three islets also crosses onto a little private island.© OT Republique Dominicaine
This impressive nature reserve in the south of the Samana peninsula can be admired from a boat.© OT Republique Dominicaine
The sight of this impressive 40m waterfall is breathtaking. You can bathe in the clear waters of the pool below with the jungle all around.© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
From the end of December to mid-March, during the mating season, humpback whales put on a show in the warm waters of Samana Bay.© OT Republique Dominicaine
The peninsula is characterised by its lush tropical vegetation and many unexplored coves.© OT Republique Dominicaine