Samana Bay is the largest bay in Dominican Republic. It is located in the northwest of the country and is home to some ecotourist spots: In the south coast Playa Esmeralda and Montaña Redonda in Miches and Los Haitises National Park in Sabana de la Mar. In the west coast you will find the mangroves of the Yuna river’s mouth. And , in the north coast the Samana Peninsula with the province’s capital Santa Barbara de Samaná.
Also, between January and April, the Samaná Bay is one of the best locations for sighting humpback whales in the Caribbean during their mating and breeding. Along with this event and the inclusion of Los Haitises National Park and Cabo Cabron National Park as “lungs” of Dominican Republic makes the bay a perfect ecotourism destination for travelers seeking connection with nature.
The dimensions of the bay are approximately 30 nautical miles long by 7 nautical miles wide. This and prevailing winds from the East with an average speed of 15 knots during the trade season makes the Samaná Bay an ideal place for sailing, both in their learning phase as amateur and professional level.
Some of the recommended sailings are to Cayo Levantado, located at the entrance of the bay just 3 miles from Santa Barbara de Samana, and of course the superb Los Haitises National Park. There are also numerous bays and beaches to anchor along the north coast, not so in the south in the area between Sabana de la Mar and Miches where some reefs prevents the entry into certain parts of this coast.