We had a port in Samana this past March. We did a beach excursion. We signed up and took a tender from the ship directly to the beach. That was the only part of Samana we saw. It was beautiful! We heard lots of horror stories of beggers and people being hit by taxis once we were back on the ship. I was glad that we didn't have to deal with any of that. I'd like to check out more of it next time should our ship stop there. Hope you have fun!