Las Galeras, Samaná

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Las Galeras
Municipal District
La Playita beach, Las Galeras
Las Galeras, Samaná is located in Dominican Republic
Las Galeras
Coordinates: 19°18′N 69°12′W / 19.3°N 69.2°W / 19.3; -69.2Coordinates: 19°18′N 69°12′W / 19.3°N 69.2°W / 19.3; -69.2
Country  Dominican Republic
Province Samaná
Area[1]
 • Total 127.38 km2 (49.18 sq mi)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 6,929
 • Density 54/km2 (140/sq mi)
 • Urban 929
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) AST (UTC-4)
Distance 28 km (17 mi) to Samaná

Las Galeras is a Dominican Municipal district of Santa Bárbara de Samaná, Samaná province. It is on the east coast of the Samaná Peninsula, on the Rincón Bay that is found between Cabrón and Samaná capes.

Las Galeras, in English The Galleys (a galley was a war ship where prisoners and slaves were used to move the ship), because two galleys stayed here during the 16th Century.[3]

Population[change | change source]

In the last national census (2010), the district had a total population of 6,929: 3,800 men and 3,129 women. The urban population was only 13.41% of the total population.[2]

Economy[change | change source]

The most important economic activities of the province are agriculture, fishing and tourism.

Crossroads in Las Galeras.
Crossroads in Las Galeras.

The region is famous for its beautiful beaches with palms. There is a beach at the seafront of Las Galeras itself, as well as a white sand beach, "La Playita" ("The Small Beach") within walking distance from the town. It is possible to take a boat to visit "Playa Rincón" ("Rincón Beach"), another beautiful beach in the region.

References[change | change source]

  1. Superficies a nivel de municipios, Oficina Nacional de Estadistica
  2. 2.0 2.1 Oficina Nacional de Estadística. "IX Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda. Informe Básico" (in Spanish) (PDF). http://censo2010.one.gob.do/resultados/Resumen_resultados_generales_censo_2010.pdf. Retrieved 2013-1-29.
  3. Vega, Bernardo (2004) (in Spanish). Breve historia de Samaná. Santo Domingo: Fundación Cultural Dominicana. 99934-27-06-03.