If you’re familiar with the Dominican Republic, you’re likely familiar with Punta Cana, or perhaps even Puerto Plata. But have you ever heard of Las Galeras? Chances are slim. However, we’re here to tell you that if you haven’t heard of it, it’s time to look into it. This tiny fishing village on the far tip of the Samana peninsula is a gem waiting to be discovered. While lodging is limited, some of the beach beaches on the island can be found surrounding this town. If you’re thinking about heading to this area, here’s our guide to everything you need to know.
Las Galeras is about an hour and a half off the main highway when you first turn onto the peninsula. Once you’re on Highway 5, you literally take it to the end. Much of the road is in incredible condition, with a few trickier parts along the way (think massive potholes or dirt roads.
Las Galeras is outside the main tourist zones, so you won’t find any 5 star restaurants of walmarts out here. You’ll find a few small, local cafes and pizza restaurants and a couple of shops. Street vendors sell fresh fish or fried foods and the small shops sell clothing, trinkets and other “touristy” goods.
Playa Rincon, Playa Madama and Playa Fronton are the three beaches most boats will take you on for a day tour. We did a private tour for about $65 per person, which was quite pricey. We booked through the hotel, though, we could have wandered down to any of the boats in town to do the same trip for less. However, they picked us up right outside the hotel and it was super convenient.
We loved our weekend getaway to Las Galeras. It feels like a completely different vibe from the rest of the Dominican Republic and offers a glimpse of what it was like to be on the island 20-30 years ago. Next time we return, we’ll 100% we checking out some of the boutique properties and spending the majority of the time on the beautiful Playa Rincon.
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