I only had two weeks, but I was flexible. However, I knew right away that I wanted to go to the beach and be alone so I decided on the morning of the 25th to rise early and head there. I caught a cheap cab to the bus station. I had read that you need to ask for the route that takes the "new" highway so that's what I did. I got on the bus. It was from Caribe Tours so it was nice and comfy and I enjoyed the views all the way there.
Once in Samana I was immediately accosted by all the guys trying to help. Avoid these guys. Just walk along the sidewalk to the bustling market and ask around there. From the market I got a pick-up truck with 4 people in the back, 3 in the front and countless others in the bed to Las Galeras. Took about an hour but was not very comfortable as we were all very squished but nevertheless, it was a cool experience.
I had booked 4 nights at Casa de Oli (Juan & Lolo) and that's where I stayed. Casa de Oli was perfect for a single
person or a couple. Two story bungalow with a balcony on the 2nd story and a nice front seating area for eating. Also a nice outdoor shower for rinsing off and an indoor shower for normal showering. The bed was okay. The only negative was the lack of AC (which I knew about) because it was pretty warm some nights.
From Casa de Oli it is about 7 minute walk to Playita (ask Juan for directions) or I guess you could ask the locals. Playita is nice because there's not many people there (at least during the week). However it has lots of seaweed (both in the water and on the beach), however, there are clear spots without and if you swim there it is delightful. Plus the beach is in a sort of a hilly bay so you have gorgeous views. The water in the area is also really warm. Playita was the main beach as the beach in the city is not really good.
So I spent my time in Las Galeras hanging out and "beaching" it. One of the days I hung out at the beach in the city and caught a boat to Playa
Rincon (paid about $15 USD round trip). That was the nicest beach I had ever seen. We were maybe 20 of us but there was sooooooo much room you could easily get a spot for yourself. I rented a chair to be more comfortable (it was relatively expensive but I had come from Canada to get some sweet beach so $3-4 wouldn't stop me from being comfortable). Also, I had lunch at the only restaurant on the point. Once again, a bit expensive but definitely worth it. I had a delicious plate of fish and french fries.
One of the days I had lunch at the Gri Gri restaurant. It was cool. I think I even went back for nachos and beer that same night.
Overall, Las Galeras is really chill but there's not much to do. I am happy I went but wouldn't go back except maybe to visit Playa Rincon. The city beach and Playita are not super amazing. The beach at Las Terrenas is nicer and there is more stuff going on in Las Terrenas...
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