If you are looking for hotels in Las Terrenas, here are some ideas ranging from the 'chic' to the 'shack'. Dominican hotels and hostels to suit all pockets...
At the Western foot of the Samana Peninsula for us Las Terrenas is a superb Dominican vacation choice. It combines a lively, genuine Dominican township, with access to some fantastic tropical beaches. There are plenty of good quality Las Terrenas hotels to choose from - and for those who like to plan and book their own vacations insted of relying on a travel company, Las Terrenas is a resort that is hard to beat.
A recent visitor to the town reported of Las Terrenas, in the Dominican Republic: "...It suffices to say that Las Terrenas doesn't boast the usual symptoms of a hectic town. There are no rushing buses, screeching taxis or angry pedestrians. This village is hectic in a different way, with swarming motorcyclists, blaring bachata tunes and barking stray dogs. Occasionally, "Only in Dominican Republic" moments occur, like when we looked past the ATVs and spotted an overzealous motorcyclist balancing a trunk of wood with his spare hand..." -- Source: Emily Kodik writing for the Miami New Times blog
As far as hotels in Las Terrenas go, we have tried to list some interesting places to stay that you might want to contact for deatails. To be honest, and as you might guess, as 'locals' we haven't been in a position (nor had the need!) to stay in all the hotels in Las terrenas that we list here(sadly we're not made of money!). But we have aimed to suggest those places that seem, from our research, to be worth considering though.
We do plan to keep updating as often as we can. However, as details can soon go out-of-date at any time without it immediately becoming common knowledge. So...DO please let us know (via our contact us page) if you have any feedback about these places (good or bad! Closed?) and we'd be pleased to update the information provided here for the benefit of all! This will enable us to be certain of offering the very best advice about hotels in Las Terrenas.
You may also like to check out a couple of other resorts on the Samana Peninsula where an equally stress-free time can be enjoyed here are some accommodation ideas in Las Galeras and Samana Town but please note - as this link opens in a new window - be sure your browser 'allows the pop-ups' so you can see the information!
Hotel Cacao BeachCalle Playa CacaoLas TerrenasTel: +1 (809) 240 6000Web: www.samana.net/cacao-beach.htmlThe hotel is re-opening in mid December 2004Offers 'all-inclusive' deals.Accommodation in individual cabanas dotted around tropical gardens.Rooms are air-conditioned.Sounds lovely!
Budget & Back-packers ideas:
Kanesh Beach HotelCalle Playa CacaoLas TerrenasTel: +1 (809) 2490 6187Good value, pleasant, basic accommodation.Rooms overlooking the Ocean.Recommended Indian food available too.
Casa RobinsonCalle El PortilloLas TerrenasTel: +1 (809) 240 6496Stay in basic but pleasant cabins set in a shady garden.A good option for the cost conscious
L'AubergineCalle Playa CacaoLas TerrenasTel: +1 (809) 240 6167Right in the middle of the action.Good value basic accommodation.Rooms above a busy restaurant.
Fata MorganaPlaya Bonita RoadLas TerrenasTel: +1 (809) 752 4231Great for backpackers or those wanting to stay for a while. Set further back away from the seafront and the town center in a quiet area. Consequently this is one of (if not the) cheapest places to stay,
Los PinosCalle El PortilloLas TerrenasTel:+1 (809) 240 6168Rooms in the main building and some attractive bungalows.Lovely terrace and gardens.Swiss-run good quality accommodation
Las CayenasCalle Playa CacaoLas TerrenasTel: +1 (809) 240 6080Set on this popular beachfront road the property hasMuch elegance and charm.Particularly favoured by American visitors.
Tropic BananaCalle Playa CacaoOne of the finest hotels in Las Terrenas the Tropic Banana has also been operating one of the longest. Facilities include a pool and tennis courts and a relaxing bar and restaurant. The lovely, large rooms have their own balconies and the grounds are very attractive.
Thanks to its cosmopolitan population, and well-established tourist trade there is a wider range of types of restaurants and bars than you commonly find in such 'out-of-the-way' resorts.
Most continental European types of cuisine are represented (French, Italian, Spanish) along with some good Indian food (see Kanesh for instance).
The beach bars and restaurants on the sea front are most pleasant and comfortable for enjoying a drink, although some typical local Dominican 'shacks' selling liquor can be found away from the main tourist area.
Baro Latino – Calle Playa CacaoEasily found in the center, great for sitting and lazily watching the world go by. It has a wide ranging menu on offer all day.
Colibar - Fransisco Cãmaño Deño 301Rated highly for its fresh seafood and offers other good Italian dishes too
Comedor Jahaira – off Carretera Las TerrenasA great place for a taste of real Dominican cooking and reputedly incredibly cheap.
Havana Café – Plaza LindaA counterpoint to Jahaira above. Expensive but good class cuisine.
Casa Boga – Calle Playa CacaoOn the beachside, and prices reflect its prime position, but seafood is said to be amongst the best in town.
There is a wonderful range of things to so by day and night in and around Las Terrenas.
Hiking along the beach and exploring off the beaten track is well worthwhile to get a feeling for the real out-of-the-way Dominican Republic.
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving is fantastic, especially with the fine and beautiful coral reef so close (which helps keep the Ocean under control as it washes against the powdery white sands of the lovely beaches hereabouts). Try the diving Club attached to the Hotel Tropic Banana.
Whale watching trips are another life-enhancing activity that can be enjoyed via trip by boat out from the resort. Every year between mid-January and mid-March thousands of Hump-backs and other species of whale, along with dolphins are seen cavorting in the Bahia de Samana, having migrated from far Northern reaches. If you are in the right place at the right time it is a 'must see', BUT be sure to use an eco-friendly company to help you arrange a trip!(Please CONTACT US for advice.)
Or you can easily hire a car, motorbike, jeep, quad bike or a simple bicycle to go and explore the beautiful valleys along the Samana peninsula.
And by night...well we suggest you take a few local rums...and then you have to learn to dance the Dominican merengue...don't worry, there are always locals at hand to help you get into the rhythm!
We hope you find your pick of the hotels in Las Terrenas, let us know if you are having any difficulty and we will do what we can to help! We hope you have a great time.
Ruth & Esther
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