Shari's Birthday and Whale Watching
Trip Start Oct 16, 2007
83Trip End May 09, 2008
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Samana is known for their population of humpback whales that come here every winter to mate and breed. The humpback whales that come to Samana migrate between the Dominican Republic, Newfoundland, Greenland, Iceland, and the coast of New England in the US
Back in Samana, we flagged down a guagua to get to our hotel in Las Galeras. This particular guagua was crazy. It was a pickup truck full of people, luggage, buckets of miscellaneous stuff, and long pieces of lumber that scraped the ground every once in a while. I was still feeling sick from the trip, and being crammed into the back of this truck, with the hot sun beating down on me, didn't help the situation (see pic)
An hour later we arrived in Las Galeras, which is a very small sleepy town. That's the reason why we picked Las Galeras instead of Las Terranas. Las Terranas is a lot more developed, and most of the hotels there are all-inclusive resorts. There's not much tourism in Las Galeras, see pic. We walked over to our hotel, Villa Serena, which is probably the nicest place around there, and we were super impressed with the place. It is a small Victorian style villa with manicured tropical gardens, and an awesome ocean view, including a small little island just offshore.
The rest of the afternoon, we just hung out. Frank went kayaking in the ocean, and I just took a nap on the beach. It was a very relaxing, tranquil place - a great place to unwind and get recharged.
The next day we had to make it back to Cabarete. This time we found a guagua that was the usual mini-van type, sitting inside the vehicle for our hour ride to Samana. Back in Samana, we got some lunch, and checked out the craft market going on in town. Then we found a local bus back in Samana, and arrived back to our budget hotel in Cabarete 4 hours later.
To sum things up this weekend: Horrible whale watching ride, but awesome hotel.