The region of Samana, originally written Xamaná by the indigenous peoples of the island called Taínos, is located in the Northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. This province carries a curious characteristic which is that it occupies the whole Peninsula of Samana. Its city is formally named Santa Bárbara de Samaná, usually shortened Samana.
This part of the island is unique and revered by most. As such, Hacienda Samana Bay, prioritizes that its guests gather the full touristic majestic experience of vacationing here. Families, couples or solo travellers can choose to adventure from an endless list of options. Whether the reason is to be in contact with nature, dive into Samana’s fascinating history and paradisiac beaches, everyone is welcomed.
THE SECRETS OF SAMANA
Balaguer, deceased ex-president of the Dominican Republic, continuing with the dream of the construction of the Napoleonic city of Ferrand ordered the construction of this bridge. It was based on a plan designed in the early 1800s, Ferrand’s imperial plan was retaken by Balaguer in the 70s, thus initiating the construction of the “Napoleonic” city with more than 170 years of delay. When one of the engineers was asked the reason for this work, he replied that the bridge appeared on the map of the Napoleonic city of Ferrand. However, that was an indication that there are corals between these 2 points, which makes navigation difficult. Regardless of whether the pedestrian bridge in the Bay of Samaná obeys the wish of ex-president Balaguer or the engineer of the work, today it can be said that it is a tourist attraction of Samaná that serves as a reference point for the city of Santa Bárbara of Samaná. All units at Hacienda Samana Bay have an incredible view towards this bridge.
Footbridge to Cayo Vigia
Según el Ministerio de Turismo de la República Dominicana, el carnaval de Santa Bárbara de Samaná se celebra el 27 de febrero. Cuenta con una gran participación popular y acuden numerosas comparsas provenientes de varios pueblos de la provincia, enriqueciendo aún más la fiesta tradicional. Color, música y alegría son las banderas del carnaval. Para la ocasión, los personajes de Samaná se visten de mar en trajes turquesa, decorados con corales, peces, pulpos, estrellas de mar y ballenas, revestidos de azul, verde, naranja y morado y adornados de espejos, cascabeles y lentejuelas. Podrás disfrutar de los Diablos Marinos, entre otros coloridos y divertidos personajes.
Despite the fact that a considerable number of cultures have inhabited this coveted peninsula, the first to be known were the Ciguayos. This native tribe was named after other aboriginal groups on the island and it is not known what they called themselves.The mystery that surrounds the Ciguayos is part of the magical air that surrounds Samaná, who were they and where did they come from? To date, we hardly know a few words in his native language.The imminent disappearance of the Ciguayos was already evident when Father Bartolomé de las Casas arrived on the island in 1502.What happened to the Ciguayos? Some say they were defeated by the other tribes that inhabited the island, who were besieged in Samaná until there was no choice but to integrate.But is that the whole story? During your visit to Samaná you will have the opportunity to explore this and other mysteries.
The Spanish made little use of the port of Samaná during the first two centuries of their rule, clearing the way for pirates to take advantage of the narrow Samaná channel and the grunt of limestone caves within the dense swamps of Los Haitises.The most notorious of these pirates was Joseph Bannister of England, a privateer and former English government official condemned to illegality by the 1670 Treaty of Madrid between England and Spain.In 1690, after escaping from the English authorities, Bannister was anchored in Samaná with a frigate and another smaller ship when two English warships tried to enter the port to arrest him.Bannister took his boats to the nearby island of Cayo Levantado and moved his men ashore along with heavy artillery.
Incoming warships came directly into the line of fire and 125 English soldiers were killed while sailing towards the Bannister defenses.Bannister’s large ship was also destroyed in combat; Unfortunately for him, when his two-hundred-man crew learned that the ship had been wrecked and that the smallest could only accommodate a quarter of them, they rushed aboard the light ship, forty of them perished in the process.Despite this, Bannister escaped, as a result of this intense battle, the islands that surround the port of Samaná have been known since then as the Bannister Keys.
En Santa Bárbara de Samaná, tienes que hacer una visita a una de las joyas arquitectónicas de esta ciudad: La Cuhrcha (del inglés “church”). Y es que, además de ser patrimonio cultural, es un punto de encuentro y referente histórico para su descendencia de afro estadounidenses, radicados allí en tiempos pasados. La Churcha tiene un estilo victoriano y su estructura exterior es de zinc, está sostenida por unos angulares metálicos y su interior está cubierto completamente de madera. Fue construida en 1901 y traída en barco desde Inglaterra. Esta, denominada Iglesia Metodista Africana Episcopal (AME), es hoy Evangélica Dominicana. Además, como dato curioso esta es la única edificación que se conserva intacta luego de un incendio que destruyó a Samaná en 1946.
When you are there, you will observe something particular in the zinc sheets that cover it, some perforations resulting from gunfire between supporters and opponents of the regime of Ulises Heureaux, president of this country between 1889 and 1899. And the church is it was used by some opponents as a place of protection.The Churcha is 5 minutes, walking, from our Hacienda Samana Bay project.The Churcha served as a community school where they taught English, French and Spanish and represents the freedom of a population that arrived with the hope of building a new life.If you plan to go in the summer, you will arrive at the best time, as you will be part of the traditional harvest festivals that take place on the church grounds between June and October.
Samaná es un territorio donde han confluido diversas culturas que han hecho de ella una provincia multiétnica y multicultural. Desde los aborígenes y sus españoles, hasta los africanos y afroamericanos, los inmigrantes han sido grupos con importantes aportes a lo que es hoy la cultura de esta parte del país.
Te vamos a contar esta historia, pero seguramente vas a querer descubrirla por ti mismo. Se remonta al siglo XIX cuando el presidente Jean-Pierre Boyer, líder de la Revolución Haitiana, usó la tierra y los recursos con el fin de atraer a los estadounidenses negros, muchos de ellos fueron esclavos liberados a la isla que él y sus compatriotas habían ocupado. An estimated 6,000 African Americans arrived after being released.Unfortunately for Boyer, the free African Americans of Samaná were never pro-Haitian. Given the wars of annexation and restoration, African-Americans, motivated by the spiritual encouragement of the symbols of the Dominican flag and shield, gave all their support in the battles for the Dominican Republic to be free and independent. African American last names from Samaná:
Vanderhorst, King, Miller, Jones, Green, Anderson, Wilmore, Johnson, James, Hamilton, Milton, Jackson, Carey, Redman, Shepherd, Kelly, Barrett, Coates, Buck, Disney, Wright, Forchue, Simmons, Michell, Smith, Henderson, Rodney, Paul, Berry, Banks, Copeland, Kery.
reasons to invest
Ideal destination to invest
Increasingly, the interest of large investors in Samaná increases, since it offers unique characteristics.
Value for Money
Ofrece una interesante relación calidad-Precio para la inversion inmobiliaria , teniendo como oferta un atractivo menú de actividades para diferentes gustos.
Destination of Present and Future
Samana and especially Santa Barbara of Samana, due to its characteristics, offers unique opportunities in a small space, thus creating an area of exclusive options.
Beaches like Paradise
Cada vez que quieras, podrás disfrutas de un refrescante coco de agua mientras conoces sus más de 20 playas de aguas turquesas y un sol que brilla todo el año, además se destaca la hospitalidad de los samanenses.
Cost of Living
Podrás disfrutar de naturaleza y aire puro en su máximo esplendor, además el costo de vida no es alto. Muchos productos se adquieren de manera local, esto garantiza productos frescos.
Samaná has 2 airports (El Catey Airport and Arroyo Barril).
Samaná also has an easily accessible land connection, making it a very easy destination to access.