We help you find your way on the new highway from Santo Domingo to the Samaná Peninsula.
The new highway from Santo Domingo to the Samaná Peninsula doesn't show up yet on many maps—and roads in the Dominican Republic are often not well marked—so getting to it isn't as easy as it might seem. In this map, the road is the unmarked vertical red line that begins just east of Santo Domingo (between Los Tres Ojos and La Caleta) and runs north to the peninsula, terminating just west of El Catey. To get there from Santo Domingo's Aeropuerto Internacional Las Americas, exit north on Ruta 66. Stay to the left and, about two miles north of the airport, merge onto Autopista Las Americas (DR-3), heading west. Bear right onto the frontage road Avenida Las Americas at the first opportunity, and then keep a sharp lookout for a green sign that says Samaná and head north; the turnoff is about three miles from the junction with Ruta 66. Note: The Samana highway is also known as DR-8, Autopista Juan Pablo II, and Autopista del Nordeste; if you see a sign for any of those, follow it. And if all else fails, ask a roadside banana salesman—that worked for the author.