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    Default Question: Cabarete vs. Samana?

    Hi I'm new here. I've traveled to the DR a few times already, mostly to Cabarete. In fact I was just there for about 3 weeks recently.

    I haven't been to Samana yet, but I've heard a lot of great things about it, and I was just wondering how it compares to Cabarete.

    Would I be able to kitesurf there? Are accommodations cheap like in Cabarete? Is the general atmosphere in Samana touristy like in Cabarete?

    Thanks.

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    Hi, and welcome to DR1.

    I'm not sure if you are referring to Samana CITY or the Samana peninsula...but the Las Terrenas area of the peninsula is very nice and there is some wind surfing there. You might need your own equipment though. I am not sure if there are organized places to rent stuff. The area is less developed than Cabarete but nicer if you are looking for pristine beaches and you are not into heavy night-life. Although I am speaking as a frequent visitor and tourist, (not a resident) I imagine that Las Terrenas looks like Cabarete did 15 or 20 years ago before a lot of building took place. But there are plenty of accommodations of all price ranges.

    It is not quite as touristy as Cabarete. It has more of a European feel and there are still fishermen going out from the shore and bringing in their catch each day.

    Each place has its pros and cons, but I love both areas and can be happy in either place. You probably will too.

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    Yes, Las Terrenas is nice, but I do think it is quite a bit more expensive than Cabarete. I have not seen any places for kite-surfing there, but then again I did not look for those. Beaches there are very nice...

    Samana city I do not like at all. Of course this is my own personal feeling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Traveler View Post
    Would I be able to kitesurf there? Are accommodations cheap like in Cabarete? Is the general atmosphere in Samana touristy like in Cabarete?
    If you want to kitesurf, you should go to Cabarete.

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    It can rain in LT and the Samana peninsula.... moreso than other places.

    Just a caution.... LT is very nice w/ excellent restaurants and , as noted earlier, a stronger Euro influence than you may find in other places.

    My favorite piece of trivia is that Jean Claude Killy was one of the early promoters...
    Go ahead - show your ages and ask me "Who is he ?"

    Who?..... his Olympic medal streak makes Alberto Tomba look like the King of the Bunny Hill.... snowplow champion Tomba

    btw--- I like Tomba....... but love Killy

    WW

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    Quote Originally Posted by belgiank View Post
    Yes, Las Terrenas is nice, but I do think it is quite a bit more expensive than Cabarete. I have not seen any places for kite-surfing there, but then again I did not look for those. Beaches there are very nice...

    Samana city I do not like at all. Of course this is my own personal feeling.
    Hi. What did you not like about Samana City?

    I've heard that LT is nice also. More expensive than Cabarete? All the restaurants in Cabarete, even Sosua, were expensive IMO. Are there cheap places to eat in LT?

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    I've heard about the Euro presence there.

    Are the local women friendly there? No, I'm not into the hooker scene, which was quite active in Cabarete, and which I didn't go for. I do enjoy female company, however, and I was wondering what they were like in LT. thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Traveler View Post
    Hi. What did you not like about Samana City?

    I've heard that LT is nice also. More expensive than Cabarete? All the restaurants in Cabarete, even Sosua, were expensive IMO. Are there cheap places to eat in LT?
    In my experience (limited) I found that restaurants in LT were at least 30% more expensive than Cabarete. I am sure there are very nice and good places to eat at decent prices in both places. I could help you with the ones in Cabarete, but not LT.

    Personally I found Samana city to be dirty, noisy and unfriendly, compared to other places on the island. I like the warm, friendly atmosphere you get in almost every town here, which I found lacking in Samana city. Mind you, once outside the city people were as friendly as ever. It is just the city itself

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    Default Samana City

    Stays in my mind as the one and only place I have completely lost my cool. A youngish man was trying to sell me something to raise money for some drug rehab place. Nothing I could do or say politely, not a finger wag, nada worked as he kept getting in my face and repeating himself.

    Well I lost it. (I was overtired, and very grumpy and trying to sort out tickets and money). I started shouting at him and in Spanish which surprised him even though I had politely used it for at least five minutes. Another lady started chastising me because his cause was SO noble that how COULD I react like that to him? I just told them both to leave me in peace and left.

    It should be noted that karma came around quickly. I was traveling with a ten year old, and she threw up in the back of the bus. The next thing I knew, we were rolling down a steep hill and so was her mess. The next stop I bought some newspapers and went up and down the bus laying down paper and apologizing. After that EVERY SINGLE PERSON on the bus treated me so nicely and offered gum for the kid.


    But yeah Samana City, not the best vibe.

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    I haven't been around Semaná much but if I could chime in about Las Terrenas...that place is the definition of tranquilo. Nobody bothered me once in the town, and I got approached by maybe 2 beach vendors in 5 days and all it took was a polite "no gracias" for them to move along. And whenever I needed directions or felt like talking to somebody they were always pleasant and genuine. As far as I can tell, the restaurants up there have the same tourist-trap prices you get anywhere, but I stayed in an apart-hotel and did my own cooking to avoid that problem.

    The Cabarete beach is gorgeous and it certainly appears to be the spot for water sports, but the vendors, sex workers and souvenir shop owners are so agressive they appear demented. So sitting on the beach and relaxing was pretty much impossible.

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