El Limon waterfall, known in spanish as el Salto del Limón or Cascada el Limón is tucked away in the beautiful Samana province in Dominican Republic.
This cascade, with it’s 52 meters high drop, is perhaps the most famous waterfall in the whole country and a must-see spot while visiting the DR.
Where is el Limon Waterfall located?
El Limon waterfall is located near a small town called El Limon in Samana, Dominican Republic about a half-hour away from Las Terrenas.
How can I get from Punta Cana to El Limon?
You can book an excursion to the cascade from more than a dozen places in town or on the highway to Samana but the focus of this post is how to get to el Limon from Punta Cana.
I find that the best way to visit Samana from Punta Cana is by plane, just a 30 minutes flight across the Samana Bay with an unbeatable view.
You could go on a cheaper tour by bus but I find that a large part of the day is wasted just getting there and back.
We at iHeartDR have handpicked the Samana Explorer by Plane tour by S&S which takes you on 1½ hours long excursion to the El Limón waterfall as part of an adventure filled day.
You’ll reach the cascade on horseback through rough terrain followed by a brief hike down a somewhat steep staircase but what awaits you at the bottom is definitely worth it.
Once at the bottom, the cold water and the wind created by the waterfall is just what you need to cool down after the hike down. Bring your camera, you’ll want pictures of this place, trust me.
The water is deep, a great place to practice your swimming! You can even swim to get behind the water curtain which is awesome (no pirate treasure hidden there though).
There are no amenities here, no bathrooms and not even a clean place to sit down (everything is muddy) but in my opinion, this is how it should remain, as unspoiled by man as possible.
Common question: How long is the horseback riding to El Limon waterfall?
Answer: The ride from the ranch to the entrance of the waterfall is approximately 30 minutes long followed by a 5 to 10 minutes hike down a flight of stairs to reach the base of the cascade.
The rest of this 12 hours long Samana tour is just as exciting but you don’t have to take our word for it…
This tour covered so much it’s hard to know where to begin! We were picked up at our all inclusive and driven to small airport in Punta Cana. The scenery was beautiful as we flew over the Domican to Samana.
On the horseback ride each rider has their “own guide” who walks/runs beside you. I groaned at first thinking it was going to be a “pony ride.” Boy, was I ever wrong! My guide quickly saw I was an experienced rider and made it an enjoyable ride. These guides work just for tips and do a fantastic job.
The walk down to the waterfall is steep and strenuous even though there own stone steps. ( Remember you also have to go back up!) Seeing this beautiful waterfall and swimming in the lagoon was a first for me.
The next part of the trip was a boat ride to an island beach. Great swimming and relaxing. Just moving around the island was an experience in itself.
El Limon waterfall tour price
The tour takes you from Punta Cana to Samana by plane and then basically splits the day into two half-day excursions: the Salto el Limon waterfall in Samana and Cayo Levantado (a.k.a. Bacardi island) just off the coast.
- Admission to El Limon waterfall
- Boat transportation to Cayo Levantado
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Professional guides
- Private plane
- Horseback ride
- Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages
The price for this full-day adventure is $285 for adults and $219 for children 11 years old and younger. Please click here to check up to date prices of this excursion.
…this place is just awesome and outright beautiful. You can feel the breeze from the water falling, the cool water is just what you need after the walk/horse ride to get there. When go into the water and you look up you are guaranteed to feel awed and small in front of this amazing work of nature…