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Dominican in Samaná

La Fe Pica Pollo

A small hole in the wall close to the guagua terminal serving tasty fried chicken plus a few other Dominican dishes.
Steakhouse in Samaná

L’Hacienda Restaurant

A friendly French chef-owner with a Spanish name (José) has been running this intimate French-Caribbean spot since 1996. It’s a small and simple menu whose highlights are the meat and seafood grills.
Dominican in Samaná

La Mata Rosada

Another reliable Malecón mainstay, La Mata Rosada has a more extensive menu of seafood and grills than others in its price range. The sophisticated front patio is the town’s most formal, but that doesn’t mean it’s i…
Italian in Samaná

El Rancho Du’Vagabond

Though it hasn't aged as well as we would have liked, you’ll be pleasantly surprised as you walk past the nondescript entrance to the charming back room, where you’ll find no views whatsoever, just an intimate dinin…
Supermarket in Samaná


Museum in Samaná

Taíno Park

This new museum, 15 minutes west of Samaná on the road to Sánchez, offers a well-done recreation of the history of the Americas and the indigenous Taíno people via a series of more than 25 outdoor fiberglass scenes,…
Cafe in Samaná

Le Royal Snack

Across from the ferry dock, this simple French-run cafe is your best bet for espresso, pain au chocolat and other early-morning sustenance.
Spanish in Samaná

Taberna Mediterranea

Probably the nicest eating option in town, this stone-walled Spanish tavern dishes up tapas, fresh seafood and massive meat and fish tablas big enough for three or more (RD$750 to RD$1470), all served by adorable s…
Bar in Samaná

Sunset Garden Cafe

Island in Samaná

Cayo Levantado

A gorgeous public beach lies on the western third of this lush island, 7km from Samaná, the only section that's open to the public (a five-star hotel occupies the rest). Boatmen at the pier make the trip for RD$250 …