For a quintessential Dominican Republic holiday in this Caribbean paradise, touch down in Samana on a package holiday or all-inclusive holiday from The Co-operative Travel.
Christopher Columbus originally discovered the area in 1493, but it has taken another 600-plus years for international voyagers to flow into the area en masse, thanks to the opening of a new international airport.
Situated on the island's north-eastern coast facing the Atlantic Ocean, Samana has hung onto the natural beauty which first captivated Columbus, and makes it still one of the most captivating parts of the island, blessed with waterfalls, tropical rainforest, coconut groves, and - most importantly - sandy coves lapped at by perfectly clear waters.
Remarkably, these beaches are noticeably quieter than many of the island's others, meaning you can lie back and feel as though you have discovered a piece of paradise that¿s all your own.
All-inclusive holidays and package holidays are offered in luxury hotels which have excellent swimming pools and other amenities, many including boutiques and souvenir shops which will be a source of lasting memories of your Samana holiday.
While you're exploring away from your hotel, you¿ll come across many bars and restaurants, some internationally-focused, and others offering a far more down-to-earth taste of local hospitality and cuisine, such as pollo frito and batatas (fried chicken and potatoes), and seafood caught just off the shore.
If you head to Samana between January and March, you'll be able to indulge in a spot of humpback whale-watching as the giant mammals head to their spawning grounds.
English was the native tongue of many of the original settlers of the Samana Peninsula, so it persists as the first language of many natives. Trust our ancestors to have discovered one of Earth's true paradise spots!
As a romantic hideaway, Samana takes some beating. So if reading this has put you in the mood to run away to a tropical paradise, first check out the cheap Samana holidays and last-minute deals and offers available from The Co-operative Travel. It might just be your paradise found too.