The Dominican Republic’s Samana Peninsula is often seen as a microcosm of the entire country, and this area has enough to see without visiting the rest of the island. It’s an area of mountains, tropical forests and waterfalls, as well as the beautiful sandy beaches the island is known for. You can find all the shopping, restaurants and nightlife you might want, with many of the facilities in the largest town, Santa Barbara de Samana. Staying in one of the many available Samana villas can be an economical way to enjoy everything this region has to offer. Expect more space in a villa than in the typical hotel room, as well as the means to prepare meals in the kitchen. Villas vary in price, depending on the location, the amenities and number of bedrooms and the season; low season in the DR is May to November.