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Excursion: Visit the "El Limón" waterfall in Samaná

Cascade/Waterfall El Limón in Samaná, the Dominican Republic
Picture Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

Planning a trip to the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic? If so, stop between Las Terrenas and the town of Samaná for an adventurous excursion at El Limón. This place offers a fascinating journey that beckons travelers in the heart of lush landscapes and waterfalls. And we take you on this adventurous excursion. Read the article to discover all about this well-known, and for good reason, excursion in the Dominican Republic.

It is an unforgettable experience that you will remember for years to come!

El Limón, a natural beauty

Waterfall El Limón, also called "Cascada Limón" is a breathtaking waterfall located in the Samaná Peninsula of the Dominican Republic. This natural wonder is renowned for its stunning beauty, as it cascades down a lush, tropical hillside into a refreshing pool below. The waterfall stands at an impressive height of approximately 50 meters (164 feet), creating a dramatic and picturesque scene that attracts visitors from around the world.

One of the unique aspects of the El Limón excursion is the journey to reach the waterfall. Travelers can choose to embark on a horseback ride or hike through scenic trails surrounded by dense vegetation, providing an immersive experience in the heart of the Dominican Republic's natural beauty. The trek itself becomes an adventure, with the sounds of exotic birds and the rustling of leaves adding to the sensory richness of the journey.

Upon reaching the waterfall, visitors are rewarded with a mesmerizing sight: a powerful cascade of water surrounded by a tropical setting. The pool at the base of El Limón invites travelers to take a refreshing dip, offering a serene and rejuvenating experience. The excursion encapsulates the essence of ecotourism, providing a harmonious blend of adventure, exploration, and appreciation for the unspoiled beauty of the Dominican Republic's landscape.

You can visit El Limón by yourself, ask for a local guide at the entrance or book your excursion with "Flora Tours". Nicolas, the owner, also speak French. We've booked the Whale Watching excursion with them before when being in Samaná, and we loved the experience!

Cascade/Waterfall El Limón in Samaná, the Dominican Republic
Pictures Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

What more can you discover in Samaná?

Of course, it would be a bit crazy to travel all the way to Samaná to visit elnkel this waterfal. Fortunately, the Samaná Peninsula has a wide range of attractions. For example, you have Playa Rincón, a pristine and secluded beach that offers a peaceful escape for those seeking sun-drenched shores and turquoise waters.

In addition, the charming town of Las Terrenas beckons with its vibrant mix of European and Caribbean influences and offers a delightful array of cafes, stores and a lively atmosphere. For the adventurous, whale watching in Samaná Bay offers a front row seat to the majestic humpback whales that migrate to these waters annually.

With its mix of natural wonders and cultural treasures, Samaná is a haven for travelers seeking an authentic and enriching experience in the Dominican Republic. So make sure to visit it when you're at this side of the country.

Playa Rincón and the walking bridge, both at Samaná in the Dominican Republic
Pictures Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

Where can you stay?

If there's one hotel that never disappoints, it is the Saman Boutique Hotel*. The hotel is located at only 25 minutes away from the waterfall El Limón and one hour from the center of Samaná. As soon as you arrive at the entrance of you will notice the clean design, minimalistic touch and coziness which has been extended throughout the whole building. One thing is for sure: they did everything to make you feel at home.

Once passed through the reception, which has a beautiful large wooden table, you walk towards the center pool, dining area and the rooms, with in the center the Saman tree: the whole building and resort has been build around nature. They kept all the trees and furnished the places so it would perfectly blend in. This doesn’t only makes you feel like you’re in the middle of the Dominican Republic nature, you also have a touch of green everywhere you walk.

And that ecologic and sustainable touch isn’t only outdoors, also the rooms are decorated with wooden furniture, like the night stands and closets for example. All this wood comes from local artisans who are using the wood demolished by hurricanes. Other local interior details are: the paintings on the wall, the beach bag which you can use to go to the pool, the information cards,… You name it and it’s local.

Isn’t that a beautiful way to not only show the guests the art and talent there’s in the Dominican Republic? It also shows how nature and green elements can turn any room into a home. And we definitely love their concept!

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Traveling to the Dominican Republic always brings you lots of adventure and surrounds you with beautiful nature. Therefore, we no doubt recommend adding Las Terrenas, Samaná and the excursion of El Limón to your road trip around the island. You will have an unforgettable vacation!

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