Situated on the north coast of the Dominican Republic in the Samaná peninsula, the seaside village of Las Terrenas offers you all the ingredients of an idyllic vacation: all the flavours of the world in friendly restaurants, a warm and friendly population, a lush vegetation, some stunning beaches and crystal waters speckled with coconut palms to look at while enjoying a cocktail at sunset. Not to mention Las Terrenas surroundings that abound with sumptuous natural sites.
From the small local Dominican restaurant to the prestigious French gourmet, the Sushi bar to the pizzeria, or the seafood restaurant to the grill on the beach, Las Terrenas offer a wide variety of restaurants. El Paseo and the Pueblo de los Pescadores (fishing village facing the ocean) are both very lively during the day and at night time. You will find there plentiful affordable restaurants in a Caribbean atmosphere.
The night life in Las Terrenas starts at sunset. The pulsing beats fill then the air with life and draw locals and tourists alike toward the crowded dance floors of the world’s hottest night clubs and bars. More than a way of life on the island, Dominicans view dancing as an art and take pride in sharing their native movements with others. Salsa, Latin jazz and other types of dance music can be heard in the country, but are not as popular as their beloved merengue and bachata counterparts. Bar-discotheques such as La Bodega, El Syroz Bar, El Nuevo Mundo, La Ranchita etc, accessible on foot from the Residencia, are part of the emblematic nightlife of the village.
Las Terrenas and the Peninsula of Samaná are a pure enchantment for nature lovers. Excursions from the village will take you discover among so many others, wonders such as the “Limon’s waterfall”, “Los Haitises” National Park, the marvellous small island of “Cayo Levantado”, some hidden gorgeous beaches such as Playa Ricon or El Valle and between mi-January and mid-March the observation of humpback whales in their natural calving and matting grounds. The quiet and splendid beaches of Punta Popi, Las Ballenas, Playa Bonita and the bay of Cosón in Las Terrenas are truly something out of a movie set as well.
Year-round sports, effervescent nightlife, distinctive souvenir shopping and magnificent natural sites make for a jam-packed vacation to do list. Outdoor activities like VTT, surfing, kitesurf, windsurf, catamarans, kayaks, diving, tennis, horse riding, safari quad, jeep safari, open sea fishing…, are a thrilling way to experience the natural beauty of this region. Indoor activities offer you the chance to learn the most famous Dominican Latin dances (Merengue, Bachata, Salsa and Son), shop for native and Haitian arts, dance the night away… or even join parades on the streets in February, when the Popular Carnival of Las Terrenas transforms the village into a mosaic of colours, rhythms and joy.