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Cayo Levantado
Samana Beaches

Cayo Levantado is a small island (only about 1 square km) located a few miles offshore from the town of Samana.

Take an early ferry because the island can get busy scores of people who take a 2-hour bus excursion from Cabarete for an outdoor BBQ on Cayo Levantado.

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.

Only a single hotel occupies the island, the Gran Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado Hotel all-inclusive that also features a spa and several restaurants.

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.


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