The Peninsula of La Samaná lies in a lush strip of land near the northeastern tip of the country.
A highway links Santo Domingo to the city of Samaná on the east coast. The trip takes about 90 minutes. The highway provides a direct route from the Las Americas Expressway (btw. Santo Domingo and Las Americas International Airport) to Rincon de Molinillo, a short distance from Samaná International Airport. The highway also puts the Samaná beach town of Las Terrenas at just 2 hours' driving time from Santo Domingo.
If your ultimate goal is the resort of Las Galeras, continue east from Samaná on Route 5, following the signposts when they cut north into Las Galeras. Should you be going to Las Terrenas on the north coast of Samaná, leave the town of Sánchez (a grungy and somewhat depressing village devoted mostly to commercial fishing) and follow the secondary road northeast to the coast, cutting through some of the interior of the Peninsula of La Samaná.
For smaller aircraft, there are two other minor airports. If you want to land on the southern coast, the plane will fly you to Aeropuerto Internacional Arroyo Barril, lying a 30-minute drive west of the town of Samaná. The airport for destinations along the north coast is Aeropuerto Internacional El Portillo, which is in the little hamlet 6km (3 3/4 miles) east of Las Terrenas. Charters leave from the Herrera airport at Santo Domingo or from the Punta Cana airport. Flight time from Herrera takes 30 minutes, or 40 minutes from Punta Cana.