The ferry departs from the main port in Samana. On the opposite side of the island, smaller beaches are less frequented.
Also known as Bacardi Island for the commercial once shot on its spectacular beaches, Cayo Levantado has become an increasingly popular cruise ship stop for a beach break and a jumping off point for humpback whale watching tours from Jan. 15 to March 15.
The daytrippers are usually located far enough away from the hotel not to be a bother to guests.
However, there are many good, small strips of sand you can clearly claim for your own. It takes almost no time to go exploring to find them.