La Playita is a beautiful beach within a half hour or so of the cruise ship tender pier in Samana.  The roads aren't bad at all and the trip to the beach gives you a great opportunity to see how the people of the region live.

The beach at La Playita is picturesque with multi-hued, crystal clear, green-blue water with mountains in the background.  The water is calm with gentle waves and is perfect for swimming.

There is a beach bar there that has snacks and beverages reasonably priced. 

The beach is before Playa Rincon and well worth a stop.