We have been waiting for a weekend to escape and revisit one of our favorite spots, so once we starting talking with our good friends Matt & Danelle about a non all-inclusive trip to the island, we knew exactly where to bring them. Samana is definitely a place for adventure and nature lovers, although it is not for all tourists as the area is still relatively undeveloped and not all amenities are available. After some research, we decided to stay in Las Galeras at the tip of the penisula at Casa Dorado.
We started our beach tour at La Playita which is a 10-15 minute walk from Casa Dorado. The beach is in a little cove and has a dive shop, restaurant, and chairs you can rent for the day. The beach was very quiet and we were there on a Saturday. There is a lot of coral reef in the bay which keeps the water calm and shallow which was perfect for Olivia and for a little snorkeling.
Traveling with a toddler can sometimes be a challenge, but luckily our daughter naps well in the car so we try to put Olivia in the car for a little bit if she has missed all of her naps during the day. Normally this works, but sometimes we end up with her wanting to go to sleep for the night at 6pm instead of 8pm because she is so spent. We did end up visiting Playa Las Galeras for sunset since we needed her to rest a little bit before dinner downtown and the view did not disappoint. We drove down the beach road to the tip and found a very tranquil spot to watch the sunset.