Samana Island Hostel

Budget-Oriented Accommodations

 


 

 

 

Basic Rooms and Mini-Hostel Apartment

 

 
 

Larger Rooms with Additional Amenities / Economic Veranda Room

Samana, Dominican Republic Island of Hispañola

Website:  http://tropicalislandbb.com/SamanaHostel.htm

For Reservations Email:  samanaislandhostel@gmail.com

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

For Hostel Guests

Location of Samana Island Hostel

La Calle San Juan #8

Corner of San Juan & Duarte

 

   

Hostel guests may park here on this corner in front of the hostel.

 

ARRIVAL INFORMATION:

(Check-in Time:  3:00 to 6:00 pm)
Guests, you will need to call Nilda, the housekeeper.  CELL:  (829) 371-6274 upon your arrival in Samana. 
Nilda will then meet you on the veranda of Los Chinos Restaurant within 15-minutes of your phone call. 
It is necessary to notify us of your approximate time of arrival by e-mail at least a few days before you arrive,
so Nilda can listen out for your phone call.

If you do not have a cell phone to call from, then you would need to e-mail us at SamanaIslandHostel@gmail.com
specifying the EXACT time for Nilda to meet you at the restaurant.  The driveway up to the restaurant is located
at the corner of Duarte and San Juan.

PLEASE NOTE:  If expected time of arrival is after 6PM, please e-mail Marilyn at SamanaIslandHostel@gmail.com several days before,
or call Nilda to make special arrangements for her to meet you

IF ARRIVING BY CARIBE TOURS BUS:

You can get public transportation from the Samana bus statoin, a "concho" or covered wagon pulled by a motorcycle, to LOS CHINOS RESTAURANT, 5-minutes away.  Tell the chauffeur to take you to Los Chinos Restaurant or "Vaya al Restaurante Los Chinos."  From the veranda of the restaurant, call Nilda to meet you there with the keys (cell:  (829) 371-6274).  She will meet you within 15-minutes of your phone call.

CARIBE BUS SCHEDULE:
for direct buses to Samana from Santo Domingo

8:00 am - arrival at 11:30 am
10:00 am - arrival at 1:30 pm
2:30 pm - arrival at 5:30 pm
4:00 pm - arrival at 7:15 pm

(all other scheduled Caribe Tours buses to Samana do NOT go direct.  They take 5½ hours)

FROM TOWNS OF SANTIAGO & PUERTO PLATA
There are other bus lines that go directly to Samana

IF ARRIVING BY CAR:

Upon arriving in Samana, turn up the right side of the big Catholic Church along waterfront (sea will be on your right - church on your left).  Go to the end of the street, turn right up the driveway to LOS CHINOS RESTAURANT.  From there, you would call Nlda, the housekeeper, at (829) 371-6274.  She will meet you on the veranda of the restaurant within 15-minutes of your phone call and show you to your accommodations nearby.  If you have no cell phone, then kindly e-mail us a FEW DAYS BEFORE ARRIVAL, specifying the EXACT time for Nilda to meet you there.

KEY DEPOSIT

There is a $25 US refundable deposit required for each set of keys requested.  This is returned upon check-out when Nilda comes for the keys.

 

Location of Samana Island Hostel



Terminal Caribe Tours is located on the left side of the Malecom inside the Pueblo Principe shopping mall

 


 

Direct buses from Santo Domingo to Samana:

 

Caribe Tours buses:  Leave 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Get off at the last stop of at the Caribe Tours bus terminal. (see map above)

 

For guests coming by car from Santo Domingo or SDQ Interntional Airport:

There is a beautiful new highway beginning not far from SDQ airport that leads directly to the Peninsula of Samana.  The trip takes about 3-1/2 hours.  Follow the new highway the entire way for 2 hours - all the way until it dead-ends into the main road.  Turn right on to the main road and head east toward the town of Samana.  You will pass the entrance to El Catey Airport; just keep going straight.  It is one straight road without any turns right into the little town of Samana.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Park in front of the Terminal Caribe Tours (see map above) and call  Nilda, the housekeeper at (829) 371-6274 to meet you and take you to the hostel.  Do not go direct to hostel as there there would be no one there to give you the keys and let you in.

 

Direct buses from Santiago to Samana:

For schedule, call the bus station office at (829) 582-4949.  These are medium-size buses that go directly to Samana beginning around 8:00 a.m.

 

Direct buses from Jarabacoa to Samana:

Direct buses leave below the hill at Jarabacoa (Called Zona Franca) - upon request only.  Santiago bus will stop here and pick you up.  For 8:45 a.m. bus to pick you up, call Juanito at (809) 207-4984.

 

Direct buses from Puerto Plata or Sosua to Samana:

 

Puerto Plata "Transporte Papagayo," a maroon colored bus with PUERTO PLATA - SAMANA written on the windshield, leaves Puerto Plata at 6:45 a.m. from the front of the hospital in Puerto Plata.

 

Sosua The Puerto Plata bus passes by Sosua at around 7:00 a.m.  It will stop on request to pick up passengers in front of Playero Supermarket, continuing to Niagua and arrives in Samana at 10:30 a.m. and departs back to Puerto Plata at 2:00 p.m.

 

Direct buses from ElCatey, AZS airport to Samana
Approx. 1½ hrs.  $80 US

 

Not Direct:  Buses from Punta Cana to Samana

There is no direct bus connection to Samana, but you can take a bus to Santo Domingo (Bavaro Express) approx. 3 hours.  US $10

From there, catch the Caribe Tours bus directly to Samana.

 

Bavaro Express runs 4 times daily from Bavaro, passing Punta Cana, to Santo Domingo leaving in both directions every day at 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  The terminal in Santo Domingo is at Juan Sanchez #31 at the corner of Avenido Maximo Gomez.

 

 

WHAT IS A HOSTEL?

 
 

What is the difference in hostel accommodations and hotel accommodations?

 

Often budget hotels, which have more the character of a bed & breakfast or guesthouse, falsely advertise themselves as hostels blurring the distinction between a hotel and a hostel . The two principal differences between hostels and hotels are:

  1. Besides a hostel being a more informal environment and providing less privacy than a hotel, the principal difference is that hostels tend to be budget-oriented, rates are considerably lower, and many hostels have facilities for sharing TV, DVDs & other items.

  2. Unlike hotels and bed & breakfasts, hostels do not provide breakfast or any other meals & simple kitchen facilities are shared communally.
     

ABOUT SAMANA ISLAND HOSTEL:

Samana Hostel Basic Rooms and Hostel Apartment are shared only with persons accompanying those reserving the hostel accommodations.  In other words, (unlike European & American hostels) no other hostel guests are accepted that are not actually part of the group reserving those specific dates or coming at a later time to share accommodations.


LUGGAGE TAGS

 

 

For those coming to Tropical Island Hostel from out of the country:

Your name, c/o Marilyn Pereira;
LaCalle Teodoro Chasereaux #6;
Samana, Dominican Republic
Telephone:  (829) 342-5234
E-mail address:  yours

   

IMMIGRATION/VISA FORMS

These are filled out at the airport upon entering the Dominican Republic.  On the form where it asks for address of where you are residing:
Address and telephone number are the same as for luggage tags.

 

 

 

SUGGESTED CLOTHING TO BRING

 

Clothing:  Sisters / Comfortable skirts for riding on back of motor bikes (wide A-line, knee length may be most practical).  In Samana, shorts are considered appropriate for the beach only.  Jeans, long pants are acceptable.  Wash and wear clothing, for both brothers & sisters, is most practical for the Dominican Republic since regular irons (1200-1500 watts) are often not supported by electrical systems at accommodations.

For the ministry:  Shoes / Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes for rough rocky or muddy terrain in the countryside.

Brothers:  not required to wear suit jacket in service or at meetings.  Dress shirt & tie acceptable.
 

 

PRACTICAL ITEMS TO PACK


 

 

Very lightweight fold-up rain-cape or poncho. Small fold-up umbrella.

"OFF" insect repellant.  For emergency, small Pepto Bismol, and package of Modium tablets for upset stomach or diarrhea.

Water bottle for field service.
 

   
KINGDOM HALL
TOWN OF SAMANA


10 minute walk from Hostel

CONGREGATION MEETINGS --
Please check on JW.org for accurate times & days for meetings.


SAMANA CONGREGATION: 

Town: Villasalmas, 5 min away

 

Kingdom Hall:

Frente AL Cementerio de Samana

Town of Samana’

(849) 869-2003

 

LAS PASCUALES CONGREGATION

20 minutes away 

W. Part Peninsula/Carretera Sanchez, KM 12

Samana

(829) 515-4303

LAS GALERAS CONGREGATION

End of Peninsula: El Liceo School, 20 minutes away

 

Eastern end of Peninsula

Carretera Principal,

Las Galeras, Samana

(809) 761-5255

 

SIGN LANGUAGE ASL CONGREGATION:

 

Samana Kingdom Hall

Frente al Cementerio de Samana’

Town of Samana’

 

   
   

PREACHING IN THE COUNTRY

    

Got your mud shoes?  Water bottle?  Umbrella?  Rain cape?  Sun hat?
 

   



TELEPHONE NUMBERS:

A  very inexpensive cellphone for use within the country can be purchased in Samana.  Phone cards run anywhere from $1 to $10 US. Cards are available in pharmacy nearby

Samana Island Hostel:  Nilda, the housekeeper Cell:  (829) 371-6274 (best contact number).
House Phone:  (809) 538-2829 (call only after 9AM and before 5PM)


Dominican Branch (Emergency):  (809) 595-4007

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PRIVATE CHAUFFEURING FROM
SANTO DOMINGO TO SAMANA



 

PRIVATE CHAUFFEURING FROM SANTO DOMINGO TO SAMANA:

 

Call:  Jose Cruz (849) 265-0476 or (809) 603-7373
 

For those requesting airport pick up:   Please make sure your arrival time is not after 7:30 pm & that your departure time is not before 12 o'clock noon, due to traveling distance to and from the airport.
 

 

 

MONEY EXCHANGE

SANTO DOMINGO AIRPORT (SDQ) TO BUS STOP FOR BUS TO SAMANA

Call Jose Cruz at (849) 265-0478 or (809)0603-7373

 

It would be a good idea to change a few dollars into pesos ($50 pesos to $1.00 US.  One peso equals 2½ cents) at the money exchange inside the airport.  The rest can be changed another time in Samana.

50 pesos = $1.14 U.S.

1,000 pesos =   $23 U.S.

100 pesos = $2.28U.S.

2,000 pesos = $46 U.S.

200 pesos = $4.60 U.S.

4,000 pesos = $91 U.S.

 

 

 
CREDIT / DEBIT CARDS ATM MACHINES

 

 

Most businesses & restaurants do not accept credit cards due to the high government taxes charged.
However, there are always a number of ATM machines nearby where money may be withdrawn

Best rate given for money exchange is at Caribe Tours bus station, not at a bank.

   


TIPPING CUSTOMS

For restaurants, it is customary to tip 10%.  The percentages added to the bill in restaurants and hotels are for government taxes; not the tip.

Hotel maids/housekeepers:  60 pesos or $1.50 U.S. a day or more depending on services rendered.

May be left on the day of departure if desired.
Transportation:  For private chauffeuring, depending on the service rendered and the time chauffeur must wait for delays, etc., 10-20% ($20 to $30 U.S.) for a 3-5 airport pickup trip is a fair amount to tip.  For just simple normal regular taxi service, 10% is acceptable.  Because the Dominican Republic is a "third world country" work is scarce and salaries are very low.  For this reason, most persons depend on their tips to support their families.

 RESTAURANTS


Two blocks from TIBB is a quaint little Italian restaurant with excellent real Italian pizza!! 

 

There are several other restaurants within walking distance with International, French, Dominican, Chinese, and Italian cuisine.  ATM machines are available nearby to make withdrawals from foreign and local banks.

Please visit: www.tropicalislandbb.com/Restaurants.htm

 

   

SUPERMARKETS

 

There are several small supermarkets within a 5-minute drive from Hostel accommodations.

Please visit: www.tropicalislandbb.com/Restaurants.htm

   


BEVERAGES

To avoid "traveler's diarrhea" it is best to drink only juices that are in a sealed can, carton, or bottle.  Beware of fruit juices or papaya/pineapple shakes sold at street stands or on beaches, as often the water used to make them is contaminated.  It is safer to purchase bottled water

 

 


DRINKING WATER

Good bottled water is provided for hostel guests for drinking.  Faucet water is safe for brushing teeth or bathing but not for drinking.
   



LETTUCE, CABBAGE, CELERY

Beware!  From the time you enter the country until you leave - in order to prevent "traveler's diarrhea" it would be wise to stay away from salads with uncooked cabbage, celery, and lettuce.  These are high risk foods for salmonella in tropical countries.

 

 

 


SEAFOOD


 

Caution is also required when ordering seafood due to problems with refrigeration in the country.  Freshly caught and cooked fish on Rincon Beach and Bacardi Island can be trusted.  Seafood can be trusted also at LOS CHINOS and LA HACIENDA.  Ask your host/hostess about restaurants where it is save to order seafood.

EAR PLUGS
 

 

Tiny tree frogs with powerful little voices sing throughout the night,

 

They are accompanied by hundreds of chirping little crickets. 

 


Many who are not accustomed to such a concert find it difficult to sleep without ear-plugs  It would be good to bring along a pair just in case!

 

   
WI-FI


 

Guests can use their own tablets and phones.  Passwords for all hostel accommodations are:

  1. WiFi:  Router:  Thomso  Password:  3409F50BFF

  2. or for Router:  Pueblo Principe:  Password:  Psalm3729

  3. Netflix for movies on tablets and iPads:  37:29psalm37:29

LAUNDRY SERVICE


 

Laundry service is provided upon request by Samana Hostel.  Laundry may be dropped off there by hostel guests early in the moring, Mondays through Fridays, to be washed, dried, folded, and ready for pickup within 48 hours, for $5 US for min. of two loads, $2.50 US each load after.  Laundry slips for this can be found in the hostel.

IRONING
Only tiny travel irons can be used at the hostel



 

 
The electrical system ("inverter system") used at the hostel to assure that guests have 24-hour electricity cannot support the wattage of a regular iron; it will burn out the inverter system.  Hostel guests should ONLY bring a small travel iron with themA regular size high voltage iron cannot be used

 

AIR CONDITIONING



 

ONLY HOSTEL APARTMENT & HOSTEL ROOMS WITH ADDITIONAL AMENITIES PROVIDE A/C

Basic Hostel accommodations do NOT have AC, but are nice and cool as they are equipped with several strong wall fans.

HAIR DRYERS

 

 

Hair dryers can only be used in the one socket near the mirror in the bathroom The electrical system cannot support the high wattage of a regular hair dryer.  However, curling irons are OK.
 

MOSQUITOS

Mosquitoes are not a big problem.  Samana Island Hostel has mosquito nets for those who would like them, but generally, the overhead fan is sufficient to keep away any mosquitoes during the night.  You might want to purchase a can of OFF insect repellant.  This can be obtained in the US or locally here in the Dominican Republic.

   



Brothers to call for tours or for
 transportation to beaches
& other places.

Tours of all types: Horseback riding, Whales, Playa Rincon, El Limon Waterfall, Bacardi Island,: Eliseo Dishmey, Lic.Guide  
Email: Eliseo Dishmey: eliseodishmey@gmail.com; Yemima Dishmey: yo_yemi@yahoo.es>

Tel:  (829) 921-0454 or (829)0881-5052

See: www.tropicalislandbb.com/ThingsToDo.htm

   

 

 

DISCLAIMER


 

Samana Island Hostel cannot assume responsibility for any claims, losses, damages, or expenses arising out of causes beyond our control such as last minute airline delays or changes affecting scheduled airport pick up, transportation strikes within the country, occasional emergency  water situations [affecting availability of hot water], town power failures [which now & then can affect  air-conditioning].  Included in this disclaimer would also be inclement weather or "Acts of God" [legal term]], or anything else beyond our control. 


 

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