“Las Terrenas:” A Seductive and Magical Ocean front Village, on the Country’s North Coast

Once a rustic fishing village on the country’s Atlantic coast just 25 years ago “Las Terrenas” is today a vibrant tourism destination that has become a second home to many French and Italian citizens that once visited the village and never left.   It is common to see many European women walking along the village streets carrying a freshly-baked baguette. Motorists traveling to the north coast community of “Las Terrenas” can reach the town through one of the country’s most beautiful mountain highways that offer the most stunning views of the surrounding landscape.  The highway offers an overlook post where motorists can stop and take in the full view of the ocean, and nearby bay, considered one of the most beautiful in the world.

The seaside community of “Las Terrenas” offers visitors quaint and modern hotels, some of the country’s most beautiful beaches, hotels and restaurants.  Its residents, be they Dominican or representatives from the international community, have created a unique ambiance in the town that makes the place an unforgettable experience.


“La Residencia del Paseo”

Situated in the town’s downtown area, the hotel is near many nearby shops, restaurants and nightclubs, and just steps away from the nearby beaches.  The facility consists of 60 apartments that surround a central swimming pool and lush tropical gardens, and offers guests two conference rooms for business or social events.

Address: Paseo de la Costanera, Libertad, Las Terrenas 32200.

Telephone Number: 809 240 6778

V Samana

The V Samnaa is the new jewel of “Las Terrenas.” The 144-room adults-only facility was recently inaugurated in the nearby seaside village of Coson, situated just minutes from “Las Terrenas.”  The hotel features a swimming pool, jacuzzi, an air-conditioned gym, a natural spa, jogging track and a cigar shop and lounge.  Kayaking outings are organized by the hotel.

Sublime Samana

This unique boutique hotel has received international awards for its beauty and world-class customer service.  The facility features 26 one to three bedroom units and its decoration is truly magnificent.  All units come fully equipped with kitchens; a terrace with Jacuzzi and, in some units, there is a Jacuzzi in the master bedroom.  There is a natural spa situated on the beach and a fine restaurant managed by chef Cristian Baez.

Telephone Number: 809 240 5050

Balcones del Atlantico

This is another facility that offers guests 30 villas with one, two or three bedrooms.  Each unit is equipped with fully-equipped bathrooms, flat screen TVs; kitchens with Cuisinart and Vinking appliances; a large terrace with Jacuzzi, plus an utility room.  The resort features two swimming pools, a beach bar, children’s playground, spa and the Portos Restaurant. Prices range between US$250 per day, including breakfast.

The Peninsula House

This boutique hotel has also won international awards and has appeared on the list of the world’s best boutique hotels.  The six-bedroom 18th century Victorian residence offers guests a cozy and intimate ambiance, situated right on the beach.  Designed by French architect Serge Robi, The Peninsula House is truly an out of this world experience.

Telephone Number:  809 962 7447


The complex consists of 36 comfortable apartments, with attractive Caribbean-style wood furniture.  Excellent Ocean views, gardens and swimming pool.

Address: 27 De Febrero Camino Playa de Popy, Las Terrenas 32000

Telephone Number: 809 240 5240

Hotel Caribey

The hotel is situated right in the heart of downtown “Las Terrernas,” also known as the Fishing Village.  The facility features 31 apartments (with one and two bedrooms), terrace, kitchen and air conditioning.  It also has a rooftop swimming pool that overlooks the beach.  There is another swimming pool for children.

Address:  Avenida Italia, Las Terrenas

Telephone Number: 809 240 6116


Surrounded by beautiful gardens and situated just steps away from the beach, the facility features 77 apartments, two swimming pools, Jacuzzi and the modern “Epyos” Spa.

Address: Calle 27 de Febrero, Sanchez.

Telephone Number: 809 240 6755

Hotel Puerto Plaza

The 24-apartment hotel, built to resemble a boat, also features 30 small shops.

Telephone Number: 809 240 5544

Hotel Atlantis

Situated in “Playa Bonita,” the 18-room hotel is known for its rustic décor.  One important feature: pets are allowed.  Rate includes breakfast.

Telephone Number: 809 240 6111

Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo

This is the largest all-inclusive resort in the area. With 462 rooms, five restaurants, five bars, a water park, a kids club, shopping area, nightclub and spa, the hotel’s entertainment areas are situated far away from the bedroom units so that guests can truly enjoy and relax.  Rooms also come equipped with “relaxation pools.”  There are five restaurants to choose from, the same number of bars, a water park, kids club, shopping space, nightclub and spa.

Telephone Number: 809 240 6100

Hotel Alisei

With 54 one and two bedroom furnished apartments, each unit features an outdoor terrace and wireless telephone services.  The hotel also features a swimming pool, a bar and spa with Jacuzzi.  There is also a fine international restaurant.  Daily rate includes breakfast.

Address:  Calle de la Playa Francisco Alberto Caamaño

Telephone Number: 809 240 5555


La Terrasse

Situated in the downtown area, in the well-known Fishing Village, the restaurant is known for its international cuisine. Excellent seafood dishes, especially shrimp-based dishes.

Address: Francisco Alberto Caamaño, Las Terrenas 32000

Telephone Number:  809 240 6730

El Cayuco

Spanish restaurant with a beautiful beachfront view.  It offers excellent Spanish Tapas and Paellas.

Address:  Francisco Alberto Caamaño, Las Terrenas 32000

Telephone Number: 809 240 6885


Restaurant-lounge, situated right on “Las Terrenas” beach.  Its menu features international dishes, with special emphasis on Spanish cuisine. Well known for its extensive wine list.

“La Yuca Caliente”

Also situated on the beach, the restaurant features European and Dominican dishes.  Known for its homemade pizzas and seafood pasta.

Address:  Calle Libertad # 6

Telephone Number:  809 240 6634

The Beach

This is the restaurant of the “The Peninsula House” boutique hotel, and is situated on Coson beach.  The restaurant’s colonial architecture, combined with an exquisite décor and excellent menu, makes it one of the town’s best eating options.

Address:  Coson Street

Telephone Number: 809 962 7447

Things to Do

Quad Tours

Indrinatours Quad rents these vehicles, and organizes tours of the city and nearby natural areas, such as the “El Limon” waterfall.

Telephone Number: 829 348 7245

Delightful Hand-Made Treats at Good Food

Opened just a few months ago, the restaurant combines healthy food with the best of Argentina’s gastronomy.  Recommended treats: coconut and almond milk shakes and many other specialties from southern Asia.

Telephone Number: 809 240 5519

Fishermen’s Beach

In the morning, the beach is the perfect spot to purchase fresh fish and, in the afternoon, the place is the premium spot to take in beautiful sunsets.

Caffé Leopard

This New York style café features its own brand of coffee, an exquisite blend of beans from Ethiopia, Brazil and the Dominican Republic, as well as organic products such as oils and jams. Lighting and furniture make it a great place for a perfect eating experience in good company.

Telephone Number: 829 285 6207



A good place to visit with friends and family, in an environment that features excellent music and service.  The club’s first floor features international music, while the second floor is known for its excellent Caribbean music.

Telephone Number: 240 809 5133

La Bodega

This is one of the town’s most famous discos, with excellent music to spend the night away dancing bachata, merengue and salsa.

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