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Samaná is located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in the northeastern province of the Dominican Republic. Its capital is Santa Bárbara de Samaná.

The province, with more than 92,000 inhabitants, spread over 854 km2 of tropical forests, coconut groves, hundreds of beaches with turquoise crystal clear waters, waterfalls and protected national parks.

It takes about half an hour to cross the peninsula north to south and an hour from West to East.

It was discovered on January 12th, 1493 by Christopher Columbus, who was greeted with a barrage of spears and arrows from native Taíno warriors.

Each year between the months of February and March, humpback whales leave the cold waters of the North Atlantic and swim down to breed near the shores of Samaná. They can be easily seen from the city port.

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Coucher de soleil, Playa El Portillo

  The climate of the province of Samana

The Dominican Republic is located in the Caribbean. Its capital is Santo Domingo. The island has a tropical climate with high temperatures all year round. The rainy season extends from May to October, and that's when hurricanes most likely to occur.

The island is quite mountainous. The Republic's north is wetter than the south. Temperatures are hot, but fortunately the sea breezes help keep the climate bearable. Nights can be sticky and may be cooler in the mountain areas, warm clothes are recommended.

The best time to go to Samana, it's winter, when the Dominican Republic receives from long hours of sunshine and is a few degrees lower in the summer and much less humid. The hours of sunshine in Samana are around seven in January and up to about nine hours in March. February and March are usually the driest months and sunny. The holiday season is often the ideal.

Rainfall in Samana tend to be strong, but short-lived. The sun returns and quickly created a rather unpleasant high humidity. Even during the wet season there are long hours of sunshine and temperatures reMayn high. Note that the temperatures are much colder in the mountains, especially in the winter months.

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For current weather conditions and forecasts the coming days, please consult the following site:

» The weather network
» weather.com

NOTE: Do not take too seriously the weather forecast in the south, because there are frequent warnings of rain. This is normal for a wet season, because actually there are rain events, which are transient and not all day.

During the dry season (winter), it only rains very rarely, but evenings can be cooled (bring pants and long sleeves in case!). We were there in April 2010, and the sky was rarely cleared during the week. There were few episodes of rain, but this was not the best sky to take pictures!

Average maximum temperature (°C)

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

26

28

27

28

28

29

29

29

29

28

28

26

Mean minimum temperature (°C)

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

18

18

19

19

20

22

22

23

22

22

20

18

Average rainy days

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

7

6

5

7

11

12

11

11

11

11

10

8

Average rainfall (mm)

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

52

31

32

64

95

64

77

104

152

140

104

71

Relative Humidity (%)

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

78

73

75

76

77

78

78

78

79

79

79

79

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