A visit to Las Terrenas wouldn’t be complete without visiting the beautiful El Limon Waterfall. Trek to this stunning natural sight, surrounded by nature and birds singing, and take a dip in its refreshing waters.
We organize private tours and excursions to El Limon in Samana from Las Terrenas. We leave early morning so we can get there before the crowds and have the waterfall to ourselves for a while.
Trekking to El Limón Waterfall in Samana
The trek is pretty easy and requires a basic fitness level. The trail is about 2 kilometers long, it goes up and down, but nothing too steep. The walk takes about 30 minutes, more if you stop often to take pictures.
The views along the way are breath-taking, with lush hills and the sea on the horizon. Most of the path is shady, the trail winds through the jungle, and some cacao and coffee fields at the beginning.
You have to cross the river a few times, it’s not deep, but it’s a good idea to pack slip-proof shoes that can get wet for the trek, especially if it has been raining as the path can get pretty muddy.
If you want, you have the option to rent a horse for most of the trail. You’ll still have to do the last portion on foot as it’s too steep for the horses. It will save you some energy if you tire easily or don’t really enjoy trekking.
Before reaching the waterfall, you’ll get a stunning view over the lush jungle, with the waterfall peeping from the trees. There, you’ll find a small local shop where you can buy snacks and drinks, as well as local items such as cacao and coffee. You can also try Mamajuana, a type of local rum infused with dozens of local herbs, some with medicinal properties. Just ask your guide about it!
Swimming in El Limon Waterfall
El Limon waterfall reaches 164 feet high and there are some places to jump from (one 15 feet high and the other 30 feet high). You can get under the waterfall to enjoy a strong massage or get a bit further under it to see the hidden caves.
The water is just the perfect temperature to relax after the walk, with the pool shaded by the trees. Depending on rainfalls and the season you’re visiting, the amount of water coming out of the waterfall might not be the same, but you’ll always be able to swim in the pool.
Excursion to El Limon Waterfall from Las Terrenas
The tour includes transportation to/from Las Terrenas, all entrance fees, and a local guide speaking your language. Along the way, the guide will show you local plants and their use, explaining about the local way of life and Dominican culture. Once we reach El Limon waterfall, you can stay as long as you want. When you’re ready, we’ll head back, making a stop at the local cafe if you need to buy anything.
Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit and a towel. Have your swimsuit on as there’s no place to change at the waterfall. You might also want to take good hiking shoes that can get wet, sunblock, mosquito repellent, light clothing, and a rain jacket just in case. Also pack water and snacks, and try to have a good breakfast beforehand.