When we arrived in Samana we walked around the town some and then took a taxi to "Playa Las Galeras" beautiful beach. The cost for a round trip was $10 a person and our driver stayed with us. There was a open-air restaurant on the beach, where he stayed and talked with the locals. The beach itself in Samana, where the ship docked, wasn't pretty at all. Water looked very dirty, but on the other side of the island where "Playa Las Galeras and Cayo Levantado are, it's breath taking. Many people have commented on our photo's of the beach "looking like a postcard". I wish I knew how to post a picture on my comments. If I figure it out, I will send one for you to see. We were there in Dec 2007, and felt very safe. The locals were very nice and not pushy at all.
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