El Salto del Limon

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Located in a thickly forested area along the Samaná peninsula in northeast Dominican Republic is a beautiful water fall called El Salto del Limón. Tourists have the choice of hiking or riding horseback to the falls, and in some cases mules are even available to ride on for the trek. Those who have made the journey before say that the hike is doable for those in good physical condition, but can be rough for those with health issues.

Cascading down a rocky mountainside, El Salto del Limon empties into a pool of seagreen waters that are surrounded by beautiful forestry. Also surrounding the falls is a collection of small homes painted in vibrant colors.

Several local groups have organized tours of the surrounding subtropical forest and the falls. You can head to the falls on foot or on horseback, and most tours offer a meal upon your return.

As you take the trek to the falls you'll encounter a wealth of local wildlife and vegetation, including the near endangered Royal Palm, and the Cigua Palmera which is a native heron that makes its nests in the Royal Palm.


Located in the Samana Peninsula, 0.4 miles south-southwest of El Limon, El Salto del Limon invites local residents and visitors rooming in this section of the Eastern side of the Dominican Republic. Even if you are not staying nearby, you should feel free to stop by to enjoy a great time. In case you're wondering, Samana is within taxi range to the southeast.

There are four routes to the waterfalls. Rancho Espanol, El Cafe, El Limon, and Arroyo Surdido all have "paradas" or organized entry points to the falls, each of which offers its own type of tour, food, and beverages for visitors.

Nearby Restaurants

Of course, one of the most delightful possibilities while spending a few hours exploring the area could be enjoying a dish at a restaurant within traveling distance of the waterfall. The closest place to eat to El Salto del Limon is Restaurant Maria, a wonderful restaurant to eat at on your way to spending time at El Salto del Limon. Restaurante Santi and Porto Restaurant are some more restaurant options within reach. At Porto Restaurant you can try a bite of International cuisine and experience the Dominican Republic culture.

Nearby Attractions

You'll find at least one or two other places of interest in the area, including Ectopia, which is within traveling distance in Las Terrenas. Also, you might think about checking out Parroquia de Samana, which is another attraction close by.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't get bored. The closest attractions are listed in the following table.

Attractions Near El Salto del Limon
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Ectopia -- 6.8 mi. (24.1 km) WNW Las Terrenas
Parroquia de Samana Historic Site 8.5 mi. (0.2 km) SE Samana
Whale Museum Of Samana Museum 8.5 mi. (0.7 km) SE Samana
St. Peter's Church Historic Site 8.6 mi. (0.2 km) SE Samana

More Information


You can visit the waterfall every day of the week during daylight hours.

The waterfall is open every day of the year, however, if you visit between May and December you should bring rain gear in case it rains.


As you hike to the falls you must stick to the trails to avoid damaging local vegetation or disturbing the animals, and dispose of all garbage properly when you return from the falls. For your own safety stay away from the ledge of the waterfall, and do not break or pull any branches or trees. Alcohol and drugs are prohibited.


There is no cost to make the journey to the falls yourself, however, going as part of a tour is highly recommended and that can cost you. Note that if you take a horseback tour, your guide will expect a tip, and those who have taken the trip previously warn that the guides are very pushy about getting at least $10(USD).

Location: Samana, Hispaniola


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