Las Terrenas is a little slice of paradise where traditional Dominican village life lives happily side-by-side with numerous services geared towards tourism: banks, shops, schools, restaurants, hotels, bars, cultural centre, tennis club, travel and tour agencies, etc. "Capitaleños" or well to do people from the capital city, who frequent this seaside resort on the weekends have fondly nicknamed it "Terrena".
Found at the heart of the Greater Antilles, between Cuba and Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic occupies 2/3 of the island of Hispaniola. The territory has almost 1,600 km of beaches.
Far from the mass tourism of Punta Cana or Puerto Plata, Samana is a peninsula of untamed landscape and contrasts. Between white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and green hills we find Las Terrenas.
Las Terrenas is a little slice of paradise where traditional Dominican village life lives happily side-by-side with numerous services geared towards tourism: banks, shops, schools, restaurants, hotels, bars, cultural centre, tennis club, travel and tour agencies, etc.
You´ll come across kids in school uniform, ladies in curlers, men playing dominoes, smiling and happy all the time, you´ll be charmed by the kindness of the Dominicans.
For those who love Latin music, expect nights of non-stop dancing! The local dance schools offer salsa, bachata and merengue classes….
Local travel agencies propose tours such as the coffee trail, Los Haïtises, Taino Park, El Limon Waterfall and natural rock pool, deserted beaches accessible by boat only….
Finally, from January to March, Samana Bay is host to the hump back whales. For three months a year these magnificent creatures come to mate and reproduce in this whale sanctuary treating us to an amazing show of mating rituals.
Las Terrenas has drawn a multicultural community of Europeans, Americans and Canadian to settle here.
In 2012 there were around 18,000 inhabitants in las Terrenas, 6,000 of whom were foreign (European, American, Canadian and South American).
Served by El Catey International Airport in Samaná (25 minutes) and Las Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo (just 2 hours via the new highway opened in 2012), Las Terrenas attracts international tourism.
Thanks to the newly introduced routes El Catey receives direct flights from New York, Montreal and Toronto.
Las Terrenas has seen an incredible boom in its economy and tourism over a very few years. Once a tiny fishing village, Las Terrenas is now an ever growing seaside holiday destination while managing to keep its authenticity.
Come see for yourself!