Spring in Samana Bay

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We look on the Dominican Republic as a favourite summer or winter sun destination. But a half term trip there is worth considering especially now that some spring half-terns are fourteen days long.

The annual whale watching season begins this month and ends in March 2014. Hundreds of humpback whales travel from afar to the warm waters of the Bay of Samana to mate and give birth. Samana Bay now appears on the exclusive list of the world’s most beautiful bays. Thousands of national and international visitors visit the north coast city of Samana to watch the whales. And I am not talking about one or two. Thousands of humpbacks congregate here every year. All whale-watching activities are closely monitored and supervised by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources. Most reputable travel agencies organize tours that include ground transportation, guided tours once in Samana on board safe boats, and a typical Dominican lunch in a local restaurant. The boats leave from the port of Samana at 9:00 a.m.

Samana which claims to be the most exotic asset of the country’s tourism industry is in the north of the country and is both a bay and provincial area based on a peninsula. There is an airport there just outside the town of Sanchez and Thomson Airways operates a seasonal service directly from Gatwick for British holidaymakers. Otherwise it is a British airways flight via Antigua and a ground transfer into the province. Perhaps because of this, the area isn’t significantly visited by British or Irish holidaymakers.

But the combination of whale-watching, the mountains, old fishing villages, lakes, fresh seafood and mile after mile of coconut palms should attract more of us than it does. It did attract the first in habitant – Christopher Columbus – who landed in the peninsula 521 years ago next week. Unfortunately it is also where the first battle took place between the locals and the Spanish. Columbus left a few days later never to return.

With all that on offer and without hordes of other visitors that head to other Caribbean destinations, Samana Bay, might just be to your taste – in more ways than one!

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