to get to the Samana Peninsula
Flights to the DR:
Links below for some airlines that serve the DR out of Europe
and North America. The closest airport is Samana (El Catey).
Puerto Plata, Santiago, Santo Domingo and Punta Cana are also
possible airports to arrive at.
taxi fares are expensive in the DR but it is often the only practical way out of the airport.
To Las Galeras from any airport will cost between 70
to 350 US dollars, depending on how far away the airport is. From El Catey (Samana airport) a taxi to Las Galeras generally starts at US 70.
From Santo Domingo - The Carretera De Samana is a two lane highway starting at km 15 of the Autopista de Las Americas (not far from the Las Americas airport). This highway is east of Santo Domingo and west of Boca Chica. It takes 2.5 hrs to Samana. If you have to overnight but don't want to go into Santo Domingo, than Boca Chica is an option.
Puerto Plata – Follow the coastal highway (Route 5)
all the way to Samana. At Nagua ensure you stick to Route
5 and do not start heading for Santo Domingo! About 4 hours.
Santiago – The recommended route is to head south
on Route 1 for La Vega. South of La Vega head for San
Francisco de Macoris than take Route 132 heading
to Nagua. From Nagua take Route 5 for Sanchez and Samana.
About 4 hours.
Cana – driving a car from Punta Cana it is best to head to Santo Domingo and pick up the Carretera De Samana (see above).
There is no road direct from Punta Cana to Samana as the boat at Sabana
del la Mar does not carry cars. (only people and motorbikes).
Check with www.LonelyPlanet.com or www.DR1.com for current
bus information, things change quickly in the DR.
From Sosua/Puerto Plata – stand in front of the police
station in Sosua at 6 am and get the public bus to Samana.
About 300 pesos, subject to change. You can do this trip with
gua gua (around 5 changes), a bit more expensive and less
convenient but possible.
From Santo Domingo and Santiago– check with Caribe Tours
(809 538 2229) or on their website for the schedule to Samana. From Santiago you can also try
Arriving by plane at Las Americas Airport in Santo Domingo it is not necessary to go into the city to catch the Caribe Tour bus. There is a Caribe Tour bus stop at the beginning of the new highway to Samana which is between Las Americans Airport and Santo Domingo. You can get a taxi from the airport to the bus stop without going into the city. (about USD 30 from the airport to the bus stop.) Check the Caribe Bus website for bus times to Samana.
From Punta Cana – take a series of gua guas from the airport or Bavaro
to Sabana de la Mar in order to get the passenger boat across Samana Bay
to Samana town. (About 5 hours from the airport to Sabana.) The last ferry from Sabana to Samana is at 5 pm and the last gua gua from Samana to Las Galeras is around sun down.
If you are relying on public transportation you should plan to arrive in Las Galeras before dark.
Check current information at www. DR1.com or call Aerodomca,
the airlines that does the flights.
From Punta Cana and Puerto Plata – regular scheduled
flights arrive at El Portillo near Las Terrenas on the Samana
Peninsula. From there you can get a gua gua or private taxi
(recommended if after dark) to Las Galeras.
From Santo Domingo – regular flights land in Arroyo
Barril about a 1/2 hour drive from Samana town.
you are short on time, it can be an affordable option.
to get to Las Galeras
Galeras is on the eastern edge of the Samana Peninsula. Follow
the road from Samana town until you hit the beach….you
have reached the end of the road.
The closest airport to fly into is the Samana
or El Catey Airport. There are no hotels
or services near this airport and it is about an hour
drive to Samana town.
at this airport you will have to take a taxi, rent a car,
or pre arrange a pick up.
From the Malecon in Samana town you can get a gua gua (local
public transportation that looks like a mini bus that has
fallen off a cliff) for about 3 US dollars (100 peso - have the correct change). The gua gua stops at sunset.
You can also get a private taxi from Samana town, and the
cost will depend on your negotiation skills, but about 500
pesos would not be unreasonable - and expect up to 3000 pesos at night.
We do not recommend getting a motor concho or rickshaw from Samana to Las Galeras. It is not comfortable and in most cases not the cheapest possibility. Take the gua gua or a taxi, depending on your budget.
Vehicles – it is possible to rent a vehicle in the DR,
a jeep or four wheel drive is advised for the Samana Peninsula
if you intend to explore the area fully. It is possible to
rent a vehicle for a few days in Las Galeras. Driving in the
DR can be a bit of a challenge and it is best not to be on the roads after dark.
- Caribe Tours is the national bus line and has a fairly good
service from Santo Domingo to Samana. Dress warm as they blast the air con.
Gua Gua – privately owned mini vans that go from town
to town throughout the DR. Generally very crowded and inexpensive.
A common way to get from Samana to Las Galeras
Motorconcho – motorcycle taxi. A common way to get around
Las Galeras if you do not feel like walking.
Private Taxi – You can arrange a private taxi from any
of the major entry points. ( Santo Domingo, Santiago, Puerto
Plata, Punta Cana, Samana Airport (El Catey)) It will cost
you in the region of 70 – 350 US dollars depending
on the distance from the airport to Las Galeras.
Note: if you are coming from Punta Cana by taxi you will be dropped
at the wharf in Sabana del la Mar where you will get a boat
to Samana town.
We accept euro, US
dollars, and pesos. Like most places in Las Galeras, we do not
accept credit cards.
There is a bank in Las Galeras with an ATM. The daily withdrawal limit is 4000 pesos for the ATM. With your passport and bank card you can go into the bank and withdraw what you like.
It is possible to exchange
money in Las Galeras.
If a bank has experienced ATM fraud and you use that ATM it is possible your bank card might be put on hold until your bank can contact you. It is best not to rely totally on ATM withdrawals while in the DR.
general, if you take the normal, common sense precautions you
should be fine in Las Galeras. Be careful what you eat, drink
plenty of water, and avoid sunstroke.
websites will give a warning about malaria, and tourist
have been known to get it further south in Punta Cana,
but not in Las Galeras. Malaria pills can have side effects
that make you feel poorly your entire vacation. It is wise
to cover exposed areas and wear a mosquito repellent.
and scrapes may happen in the normal course of events,
especially if you are traveling with children. It is advisable
to carry a small first aid kit. (salt pills, disinfectant,
band aids, anti itch cream and so on)
There have been no reported cases of cholera in Samana.
WIFI is available in some locations - check in advance.
It may be possible to use your cell phone in the Las Galeras, coverage can be patchy.
It is possible to buy a cellphone for as low as 300 pesos- which can be handy as public phones are scarce as hens teeth.
In general you should not expect communication systems to be as simple, fast, reliable or user friendly as you may be used to.
Private Clinic - If you need a Doctor, there is a private clinic on Calle Principle in Las Galeras.
-There is currently no public laundry facility available in
Las Galeras. There is one in Samana.
many people like to have their hair done in “Bo Derek”
style while in the DR, there are a couple of places in Las
Galeras where this is possible.
– You are advised to fill your tank in Samana as there
is no gas station (as you know it) in Las Galeras.
Galeras is one of the few places in the DR with
a reliable electrical supply. The standard is 110 voltage.
suggest the following;
to read, reef shoes and snorkel gear, batteries needed
other than AAA and AA, any gear needed for digital cameras,
an alarm clock, flashlight (because it can get as dark as the inside of a cow) , binoculars, small package
of hand wipes, suntan lotion, small first aid kit, comfortable
walking shoes, light weight long pants and long sleeved
shirt, light rain gear.
are about four shops in Las Galeras selling a variety of items
that normally appeal to visitors, including places to purchase
the typical Dominican paintings.
There are three shops where basic food and supplies
can be purchased. The french bakery produces fresh bread and there is an Italian deli.
Galeras has a pharmacy.
the best site for local information on the DR, largely provided
by people who live in the DR.
Thorn Tree on Lonely Planet is a useful source of information
and their DR guide book is good.
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