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Why This Stunning Punta Cana Alternative Is Captivating Travelers This Summer

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The Dominican Republic is one of the trendiest Caribbean destinations in 2023, and while Punta Cana dominates the scene, other resort hotspots are emerging as worthy competitors. 

Truqoise water in Samana and a white sand beach

One of them is Samaná, a pristine province and peninsula that gives Punta Cana a run for its money.

With endless white-sand beaches, a growing selection of all-inclusive resorts, and plenty of historical and cultural attractions, Samaná is the perfect alternative to Punta Cana this summer.

With millions of travelers flocking to the Dominican Republic this summer, here’s why travelers are choosing Samaná over Punta Cana.

Gorgeous tropicals cheery in Samana

Samaná: The Basics

Samaná is a province and peninsula located some 120 kilometers west of Punta Cana. One of the greenest parts of the Dominican Republic, Samaná is famous for its natural treasures, which include endless stretches of white-sand beaches and abundant tropical rainforests.

Its capital, officially known as Santa Barbara de Samaná, is a bustling city of over 100,000 people with an impressive array of cultural and historical wonders that complement the destination’s selection of top-rated accommodations. 

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The city is overlooked by gorgeous mountains, and its coastline contains dozens of kilometers of white-sand beaches, making this one of the most beautiful resort hotspots in the Dominican Republic.

Why This Tropical Hotspot Is Trending This Summer

Even though Samaná has already been famous for some time, the eco-tourist destination is trending this year as travelers seek new destinations beyond Punta Cana.

palm trees along a white sand beach in the Dominican Republic

And exploring one of the Dominican Republic’s most promising regions just got a lot easier with the launching of  Go Samaná , a new travel guide launched by local businesses. 

Travelers can find the best insider tips as well as the top sights and attractions on one on the new website, which offers a comprehensive overview for adventure-seeking tourists.

Samana town with its famous colourful buildings

Highlighting Samana’s growing appeal, Jesús During, head of the Samana Tourism Cluster, said that “Samaná abounds with wildlife, culture, and diverse landscapes. Its paradisiacal beaches and the magical beauty of its many nature reserves are some of its noteworthy features.” 

World-Class All-Inclusives

Punta Cana isn’t the only coastal destination with stunning all-inclusives; in fact, Samaná ranks as one of the best regions for world-class accommodations, with several new projects on the way.

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With an abundance of choice, travelers can find just about anything in Samaná. From adult-only properties to family-friendly alternatives, Samaná offers both versatility and luxury.

Some of the top-rated choices include Viva Wyndham V Samana, a beachfront adults-only property situated on the spectacular white sands of Coson Beach in northwestern Samaná. This 208-room resort welcomes travelers to try some of the finest amenities in town, including a gorgeous outdoor pool and a friendly concierge service to help plan an unforgettable stay.

Eco-Tourist Hotspot

Not only is Samaná home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Dominican Republic, but it’s also an emerging hotspot for all sorts of eco-adventures. From jungle treks to waterfall hikes, Samaná is one of the most versatile nature destinations in the country.

El Limon waterfall in Samana with a female traveler

Some of the must-see signs include Playa Bonita, a white-sand beach that, as its name suggests, is gorgeous thanks to its remote location. Ideal for escaping the crowds, this beach is just one of many travelers will find along Samaná’s extensive coastline. 

And while many of the province’s nature attractions are accessible for solo travelers, they’re best enjoyed on a guided tour. This top-rated 11-hour combo excursion showcases Samana’s hidden gems in one convenient package, and at just $135 per person, it’s a great deal for any nature lover.

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