Playa Onda, with nearby Playa Ermitaño, is the loneliest beach in Samaná. Samaná is known for its secluded and hidden beaches. Playa Frontón and Playa Rincón are just a few examples of kilometers and picturesque beaches, on which you are almost alone most of the time. But since those beaches can be found in every travel blog and on Tripadvisor, for real adventure you have to look a bit further. And that’s where Playa Ermitaño and the Playa Onda come into sight. You have to make your own way to these playa escondidas or hidden beaches. Neither tourists nor locals know about them. Real Robinson Crusoe feeling is waiting for you there.
Playa Onda in Samaná - who googles the Internet will find very little, for this beach on the peninsula runs absolutely under any tourist radar.
No wonder as Onda is about 10 kilometers away from the next section of road and requires at least an hour-long hike to get to. Unlike the Playa Frontón at Las Galeras, the Ermitaños and the Playa Onda are not offered regular boat trips, even if you are sure to find fishermen who would take you there.
So the answer is hiking and not too tight. If you want to find the shortest way to Playa Onda, start at Playa La Caña – actually a beach that deserves the title “especially lonely and beautiful”. Drive up to Playa Lanza del Norte, just after Cap El Limon. Park your car there and start hiking eastwards.
So if you want to get to know the absolute most remote beaches in Samaná then you have to go for a hike – over the palm-grooved hills of the peninsula and through the lush greenery in the valleys. Short, but crisp climbs can sometimes be quite strenuous, especially in the sunshine and tropical hot temperatures. But the reward afterward is amazing, because of the great views you’ll encounter.
The path to the Playa Onda and Ermitaño is quite varied and goes faster than one thinks although it is about a 3 kilometers hike. Then you finally arrive at Playa Ermitaño in a really quiet bay with green-like water and f a whole series of palm trees.
Its small brother, the Playa Ermitaño 2 can be reached from Playa Ermitaño 1 in just 15 minutes walk along the cliffs. The trail is more or less visible and ends at one of the most hidden beaches in the Dominican Republic. From this beach, it is just a short way to Onda beach. A small and intimate beach with cliffs on both sides and a tropical backdrop. The water can be rough here. Keep that in mind when you go out for a swim.
Playa Onda together with Playa Ermitaño belong certainly to the most beautiful beaches in Samana, If you take the scenery around you, take the small forested island into the field of view and see the long, raw and inaccessible north coast of Samaná, you can quickly understand the special magic of this place.
When looking for the real Robinson Crusoe Feeling, this is definitely the place to be. This was also the opinion of the makers of Turkish TV series “survivor” as they filmed some series on these beaches over here. See the video on our post of Playa Ermitano.