Between January and March more than 4,000 humpback whales descend upon the cool turquoise waters of Samana Bay in search of protection during their annual breeding season. As a result, some of the best whale watching in the Caribbean happens to be off the coast of the Dominican Republic. For travelers to this tropical destination, spotting these gentle ocean giants has become a coveted experience. Weighing in at more than 30 tons, these massive mammals breach the water's surface and delight visitors who catch a glimpse or hear their haunting song. There are few things more breathtaking—or memorable—than a whale-watching excursion in the bay.
There are plenty of opportunities to get up-close to these beautiful creatures aboard small boats with expert guides. But even water-wary travelers can still get their chance at the Whale Museum and Nature Center. In addition to offering plenty of information and even housing a 40-foot skeleton of a humpback, the museum allows visitors to watch the whales from atop rocky cliffs and the museum’s own private viewing station.