We stayed in Bahia Chiquita for 2 nights in December 2010 (1 night in the gorgeous suite room and 1 night in a very nice double room) and enjoyed our stay a lot! Roberto, the Italian owner was very helpful. He is a great storyteller and gives good advice on what places to visited in the region. His Dominican house helper was our driver for a day. He only speaks Spanish but in a way you can manage to understand most of it if you speak a little Spanish, he is very helpful and gave some good explanations on the area. We first went to El Limon waterfall to ride with horses in the green and lush interior of Samana and drove further to Las Terrenas, had a nice stroll and relaxed on playa bonita and continued our journey back through the hills where we had an astonishing view to the seaside of las Terrenas and later a spectacular view to Los Haitises National Park and the Samana Bay. At the end of our trip, our local guide invited us to his home in a poor but very warm neighbourhood where all of his family lived. It was a great experience and are very grateful we were offered the chance to see this side of the Dominican Republic. The breakfast with a very nice view on the bay of Pascualas, was very pleasant. We got nice coffee, tea, delicious jams, fresh fruits and toasts. In the evening we were also invited upstairs where Roberto lives and has is charming office with sea view. We really appreciated the personal service and would recommend a stay at Bahia Chiquita for the lovely very beautiful decorated rooms, the peaceful surroundings, the nice breakfast with great views on the bay and the help of Dominican locals. We had hoped to see some tarantula’s in the garden (saw a death one) but unfortunately these animals are not that numerous and very shy. We were also assisted with the guagua transfers to Samana, only a 10minute ride away. There is a beachfront at the garden which we didn’t use, but from there it is an easy an nice walk along the sea to the end of the bay were many seabirds are active in finding fish. It is not the nicest beach to swim, but for a walk it’s perfect. There is 1 small restaurant at the beach where you can sit for a drink or enjoy a nice meal in the evenings if you prefer not to go to Samana City. We would definitely recommend Bahia Chiquita as a good base to explore some points of interest nearby!