Last week I had the most incredible time in paradise with my mom in the Dominican Republic. It was amazing to see the Dominican through my mom’s eyes as a first time visitor to the country. I fell in love with Dominicana in 2008 when I backpacked the entire island with my friend. It’s one of my favorite backpacking adventures. My trip back to Samana was just as memorable because I got to share it with my mom. My mom and I enjoyed taking a water taxi to Bacardi Island (formally known as Cayo Levantado), the perfect destination for relaxing on the beach- our favorite place. Cayo Levantado is definitely one of the best beaches in the Samana area.
Landing back in Samana has brought back so many happy memories of when I was backpacking in the Dominican Republic five years ago. It is hard to believe it has been five years since I was last here. Samana is one of my favorite Dominican cities because of the natural beauty nearby. The peninsula is bursting with picturesque islands, tranquil virgin beaches, stunning waterfalls, tropical forests, bird sanctuaries, mangroves, caves filled with stalagmites & stalactites, and not to mention the province’s national park Los Haitises. I love exploring the natural wonders of each country that I visit. There is also a variety of activities that you can do in and around the Samana area including snorkeling, scuba diving, catamaran tours, deep sea fishing, whale watching, horseback riding through the jungle, swimming in waterfalls, zipling, jeep safaris through the lush countryside, shopping, and of course getting muddy on a buggy. Samana has it all! My mom is in awe of everything Dominican has to offer.