I am cruising on the Norwegian Pearl beginning on Nov. 28/2010 from Miami.
We arrive in Samana, Dom. Rep. on November 30 at 10:00 am. My wife and I are two and we are looking for others up to 8-10 to join us. We have contacted Casa Dorado to take us on a taxi/bus ride and short boat ride to a very beautiful beach, the Playa Rincon. The return time to the ship is 4:00 pm. You are going to say "What is the cost?" Taxi ride for the group to Las Galeras. Round-trip boat ride from Las Galeras main beach to Playa Rincon is $200 for up to 10 people. (7 or fewer passengers is $160)
Frequently Asked Questions about Excursions from the Cruise Ship
How do we meet our taxi in Samana?
As you exit the tender in Samana, there will be many taxis waiting. We will look to your right as you come up the steps and our driver will have a Casa Dorado sign. The taxi will bring us straight to Las Galeras to begin the excursion.
How is the trip from Samana to Las Galeras? How long is the boat ride?
It is 18 miles from Samana to Las Galeras. The area is undergoing a huge aqueduct installation program at the moment, so the road has been under construction. But it is currently being re-paved and is scheduled to be finished by October 2010. The drive takes about 35-40 minutes. The boat ride is 12-15 minutes and you usually spend 4-5 hours on Playa Rincon.
What time do we return to the cruise ship?
When you arrive in Las Galeras, we decide the return time from Rincon. Often the cruise ship changes the last tender based on when it arrives. So we use that time and your personal preference to set the return time. We always aim to have you back to Samana at least one hour before the last tender. But most boats leave Playa Rincon between 3:30 and 4PM to meet the taxi and head back to Samana.
What is on Playa Rincon?
There are lounge chairs for rent($5) and several shady areas where you can set yourself up on the beach. The restaurants sell bottled water, sodas, local Presidente Beer and rum drinks(Cuba Libre, Coco Loco). Two women provide massages on the beach for $20/half hour and several braid hair. There are several uniformed Playa Rincon vendors who walk the beach selling delicious coconut bread and cigars. There are very low-key and you shouldn’t feel pressure to purchase anything.
How do we order in the restaurants?
You are free to check out the 3 restaurants. We recommend Rubi’s Restaurant, the restaurant in the middle with the orange sign. Your boat captain will show you the cooler where they hold the fresh lobsters and various fish and you can choose what you want. The meals come with rice and beans, tostones or french fries.
What should we bring?
Sunscreen, towels, sunhats and your flexibility. Remember this area is newly touristed and Samana does not have a long history of service that you expect in North America. Playa Rincon is working hard to service the tourists, but it may not always look like what you are used to.