Las Terrenas Travel Guide

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Las Terrenas Things to Do

  • Beaches

    This has been described as a small fishing village. What we saw from the bus was lots of pristine beaches. The miles of undeveloped white-sandy beaches and protected inshore waters have contributed to the growth of this formerly small village. Hispaniola was described by Christopher Columbus as "the most beautiful land in the world," and today...

  • Whale watching

    Humpback whales come every year between January and March to mate and give birth to their young. Tours to watch these amazing creatures are to be found at the big AI hotels or tour agencies and this is the only way to see them up close and personal so no DIY's are allowed. By law, all the boats must be at a certain distance from the whales so that...

  • Beach, of course!

    Close to Las Terrenas you'll find the beach of Playa Bonita (literally "Pretty Beach"). If you don't have a car you can take a taxi or motoconcho. There are a few small hotels/restaurants/villas in the seafront (IMO it would have been the maximum luxury to stay here, better than any 5*AI.... and probably more expensive). If you continue the narrow...


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Las Terrenas Restaurants

  • Visions from the bus

    Local foods include (in addition to beans and rice) yami, yucca, platinos. The main dish will not only be chicken, pork or fish, but also goat and various kinds of seafood including lobster, shrimp, crab, conch (lambi) and octopus.For a snack you can have mangoes, pineapple, bananas, guava, chinola, and "coco frio"- fresh, chilled,...

  • The BEST place in town!

    Traveling to Las Terrenas for a few years I discovered a new restaurant. The name is MI CORAZON. It is not at the beach and not at the fisherman's village. It's in the heart of town and I tell you, this place is just incredible. It certainly is one of the most beautiful restaurants in DR and one of the most beautiful ones I've ever seen (and I've...

  • best hamburgers in Las Terrenas

    I was very happy with the Buffet Restaurant at El Portillo. They had a good selection of food and there's something for everyone no matter the taste or dietary requirement (I'm allergic to fish and seafood and I hate onions haha). For breakfast they have an egg section where a cook prepares you an omelet or eggs the way you want them and you can...


Las Terrenas Nightlife

  • good entertainment

    The animation group of the former El Portillo resort had some cool night shows. They usually announced the "theme" for the night already in the morning so you could have the choice of skipping it if it wasn't of your liking. The one I liked the most was their Michael Jackson show (my idol #1 as a musician, I don't care what he does as a...

  • Dance, dance, dance!!!

    There is one small local disco in Las Terrenas town, don't remember the name, but you can not miss it as it's not far form the cemetery.... (as an old song from the Spanish group Mecano said.... "No es serio este cementerio"!!! :-)) Just wander around the town centre and follow the music!!This particular night there was an exhibition of videos from...

  • Cool place

    Nice small place, in front of the sea, where to have a rest, before having dinner in one of the restaurants (a few in a row in the same beach), or later.... Nice nu-jazz and lounge music (pity the horrendous music from one of the nearby restaurants interfered a bit on this), cool atmosphere, not the cheapest place in town but it deserves a try,...


Las Terrenas Transportation

  • Wheels

    Las Terrenas is reached by two main roads: one from Sanchez at the western end of the peninsula and the other from the city of Samana by way of the village of El Limon and the resort at El Portillo. Both roads follow a winding route over the mountains and through the lush valleys across the peninsula and provide a scenic and sometimes spectacular...

  • Airport

    One of the places that we passed on our excursion was the airport. If you don't come in by air or by sea, it is a long three hour drive over bad roads to get to the rest of the D.R. This little airstrip at El Portillo is just a few miles east of Las Terrenas. Aerodomca has scheduled flights daily for the 30 minutes flight from Santo Domingo and...

  • Metro Bus Company

    Getting to El Portillo is possible by bus but only to a certain distance. Caribe Tours and Metro will take you to Samaná and from there you must take another bus. Metro will also take you to Sánchez which is closer to the hotel. We ordered pick up at Sánchez for an additional fee and asked the driver to stop to take pictures (like the one in the...


Las Terrenas Shopping

  • grandmaR's Profile Photo

    by grandmaR Updated Nov 1, 2009

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    This picture which I took from the bus shows what is apparently art displayed for sale on the lawn. The only reference I can find to Residence Caribe says it is an apartment hotel.

    What to buy: I've also taken photos of some other places which might be shops.

    Art on the lawn?
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    • Arts and Culture
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    • Beaches

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