All-Inclusive Resort on Samaná Peninsula in Dominican Republic
The first thing you notice about Grand Paradise Samana is the sprawling grove of palm trees surrounding it. The grove stretches all the way to the Atlantic Ocean, making the resort feel like a remote, exotic hideaway. Though it evokes a far-off desert isle, there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied—there are jet skis, kayaks, two swimming pools, and several restaurants on site, and downtown Samaná is only about 30 minutes away.
The ocean is steps from the hotel, and you can take advantage of complimentary snorkeling-gear, windsurfing, and catamaran rentals. On land, play horseshoes, practice archery, or go horseback riding (extra fee). The resort even offers free scuba-diving lessons at the pool and aerobics classes right on the beach. At night, the setting comes to life with traditional Dominican dance shows and an after-hours discotheque.
During your all-inclusive stay, you can indulge in unlimited food and beverages from three onsite restaurants. Sea Scape serves fresh seafood, and the upscale Italian eatery Michelangelo serves dinner in a romantic villa-style dining room. Cocktails flow liberally at the five onsite bars, one of which sits footsteps from the shore.
Samaná, Dominican Republic: Picturesque Beaches and Waterfalls
The Samaná Peninsula juts out from the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, soaking up the Caribbean Sea’s balmy subtropical temperatures. Its tucked-away, sugar-sand beaches are its biggest draw, followed by its exotic landscape: according to Frommer's, it's “as Casablanca as the Caribbean gets.”
El Salto del Limón waterfall is among Samaná’s most breathtaking natural features. You can ride horseback through the surrounding forests to get to the falls, which tumble over 165 feet of rocks and tropical vegetation. The Kaio Natural Aquarium is located in Las Galeras on the Bay of Samaná, where visitors can experience more than 50 species of marine life. On the Dominican Republic's mainland, Los Haitises National Park is home to mangrove forests and limestone crags that peek out of the water.
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