Samaná Guide

Samaná GuideThe Samaná peninsula, and the city of Santa Barbara de Samaná

The peninsula

Samaná is a province of the Dominican Republic. Its capital is Santa Bárbara de Samaná, also known as Samaná City.

Samaná is located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in the northeastern part of the Dominican Republic. It is known for its mountains of which it is almost entirely formed.

Samaná has numerous beaches, and with the 6 November 2006 opening of the new Samaná El Catey International Airport, it is bound to become one of major tourist destinations in the Dominican Republic.

It was discovered on January 12, 1493 by Christopher Columbus who was greeted with a barrage of spears and arrows from native Taíno warriors. It is said that this was the first instance of violent opposition to the Spanish conquistadors in the Americas.

Samaná Guide

Cayo Levantado Island

Samaná is considered one of the most beautiful areas of the Dominican Republic, yet remains one of the least known by Dominican natives in general and foreign visitors in particular.

Its tourist industry has not yet exploited the full potential of its location: the tropical forests, coconut groves, hundreds of cozy alcove beaches with turquoise crystal clear waters, waterfalls, protected national parks, a protected bay, a peninsula.

Samaná is one of the breeding places of the humpback whale. Thousands of humpback whales come to the coast off Samaná from January to March.

At one time proposed to be the capital of the country, Samaná was to be sold to the United States as a military base during Pedro Santana’s presidency, but the deal was never realized, because the United States felt that the cost was too much.[citation needed]

A highway connecting the Samaná peninsula to Santo Domingo is finally opened to the public in 2008. It halved the driving time from 4 hours to 1.5 hours as it is a straight 120 kilometers (75 mi), connecting from just east of Santo Domingo (near the SDQ airport) to just west of Sanchez.
There is a significant tourist development evident throughout the Samaná peninsula, particularly that of large all-inclusive resorts, in anticipation of the increased tourism to follow the road’s completion.

Municipalities and municipal districts

The province as of June 20 2006 is divided into the following municipalities (municipios) and municipal districts (distrito municipal - D.M.) within them:

  • Sánchez
  • Samaná
  • Arroyo Barril (D.M.)
  • El Limón (D.M.)
  • Las Galeras (D.M.)
  • Las Terrenas

The following is a sortable table of the municipalities with population figures as of the 2008 census. Urban population are those living in the seats (cabeceras literally heads) of municipalities or of municipal districts. Rural population are those living in the districts (Secciones literally sections) and neighborhoods (Parajes literally places) outside of them.

Santa Bárbara de Samaná (Samaná city)

Santa Bárbara de Samaná, or simply Samaná, is a city and municipality in northeastern Dominican Republic, capital of the Samaná Province. It is located on the northern coast of Samaná Bay

The city is an important tourism destination and is the main center for whale-watching tours.

Geography

The city of Samaná is located in a small plain close to the coast but, now, most of the city is in the hills that enclose the plain.

It is the largest municipality of the province. It has a total area of 412.11 km² (almost 49% of the total area of the province), including the three municipal districts that are part of the municipality.

Most of the territory is occupied by the Sierra de Samaná, a short mountain range with steep slopes, even if there are not high mountains. The highest mountain is Monte Mesa (605 m).

The mean annual rainfall in Samaná is 2,349.8 mm and the mean annual temperature is 26.5°C.

Population

The municipality has a total population of 50,901: 26,317 men and 25,184 women. The urban population was 79.24% of the total population. In this numbers are included the population of the municipal districts Arroyo Barril, El Limón and Las Galeras.

The demonym for the inhabitants of Samaná, both the city and the province, is samanés (men and women). It is also possible to use samanense.

History

The city was founded in 1756 as Santa Bárbara de Samaná during the colonial period by the Spanish governor Francisco Rubio y Peñaranda. Families from the Canary Islands were brought to live in this city and Sabana de la Mar.

It was named Santa Bárbara after the Queen Bárbara de Braganza, wife of King Ferdinand VI of Spain.

With the creation of the Samaná Maritime District (an old division similar to a province) in 1865, the city was elevated to the category of municipality.

Economy

The main economic activities of the municipality are tourism, agriculture and fishing.

Postal code of Samaná

Postal code : 32000

Dominican Republic’s Northern region.

Postal code of Samaná

Samaná Bridge

Samaná Bridge

City Center in Samaná

City Center in Samaná

National Park Los Haitises

National Park Los Haitises

Humpback whale in Samaná

Humpback whale in Samaná

Commercial Center of Samaná in front of the Malecón

Commercial Center of Samaná in front of the Malecón

Gran Bahia Principe of Samaná

Gran Bahia Principe of Samaná