The southwestern coast of Samaná Peninsula is gorgeous. There is a long list of picturesque reasons why many top resorts are located along the shores of Samaná Bay. If you enjoy scenic drives yet are short on time, then follow Highway 5 from Samaná to Punta Balandra. The distance is less than ten miles. This means you can stop often to explore the coves, walk several beaches, view the islets offshore, grab a casual lunch and visit some shops. After reaching the western end of the peninsula, the return trip to Santa Bárbara de Samaná is less than a half hour.