From The Santo Domingo Airport to Las Terrenas
From Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas takes 2 hours, but the drive is worth it. The Santo Domingo Airport (SDQ) is the best airport to fly into to reach Las Terrenas. The distance from Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas is about 140 KM / 86 miles. This is not the closest airport to Las Terrenas but the nearest airport to Las Terrenas is very small, very expensive and is hard if not impossible to get a direct flight there. If you are thinking about going from Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas give us a call or email us and we will be more than happy to provide a custom quote to drive you to your destination in Las Terrenas.
History Of Las Terrenas
Las Terrenas is a small town on the north-east coast of the Dominican Republic, located in the province of Samaná. Its coral-dyed blueish green water and its barren sandy beaches make this part of the country breathtaking.
In the early 1900’s Las Terrenas was a small, rustic fishing community (not even a town) isolated from the rest of the country. In the mid-1950’s this small fishing community started a slow transformation into a top vacation destination but it wasn’t till about 15 years ago when they created the new road that visitors were able to efficiently get from Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas. Over time the small fishing huts slowly transformed into homes, bed and breakfasts, hotels, resorts, restaurants and bars.
Las Terrenes has all the amenities a traveler is looking for while protecting its pristine and natural look. Areas like Punta Cana have been saturated with hotel after hotel. Las Terrenes still has open space and pristine tropical beaches without any buildings. Much of the water is protected by the curvature of the land making many of the beaches and the water very tranquil and romantic.
Places To Stay In Las Terrenas
All-inclusive resorts allow you the opportunity to visit the Dominican Republic knowing that you have a safe, clean, beautiful place to make your base camp. Once checked in, you can relax, put your credit card and cash away, and head to the beach or pool with your favorite rum drink your hand. Many of the resorts will have excursion packages so that you can get out and see the Dominican Republic.
Small Hotels / Rental Houses
If you decide to stay in a small hotel, house, or condo; it will allow you more of an opportunity to enjoy and see the Dominican Republic. Without the all you can eat restaurants and bars of the resorts, you will have to eat out in town. You will interact more the locals, enjoy more local foods and have a better experience of the Dominican Republic. For those who enjoy experiencing the culture of where they are visting this is a great option. For those who don’t speak Spanish, many of the restaurants will have both a Spanish and English menu and with your cell phone you will be able to translate anything.
Things To "See And Do" In Las Terrenas
Many of the “things to do and see” can be arranged by a local tour company. If you are staying in a resort, representatives there will help you arrange these events, and, if you are staying in a small hotel or private residence, you may want to arrange these events before you leave the comfort of your home. A simple Google search can provide many companies to help arrange these events for you or contact us and we will help put you in touch with the right people. The one thing we caution you on is to understand the transportation time for your events. You don’t want to be on shuttle/bus all day just to do something that last for 30 minutes. Also, many of these events can be combined into one full day of activities to justify the transit times.
From beginner to expert there is something for every diver off the Las Terrenas coast. With the clear water, caverns and shipwrecks to explore you may even want to fit in a couple dives.
Las Haitises National Park
Nature enthusiast will enjoy the tour of Los Haitises National Park. While this park and other can be entered on land most people enjoy the Los Haitises National Park by boat. Some of the many attractions to Los Haitises National Park are the limestone karst plateaus that have sinkholes and caverns with indigenous (Taino) paintings below the plateaus, and the many many acres of mangroves.
While there are many small beaches (playas) just outside where you might be staying, there are 3 main beaches to enjoy: Playa Bonita, Playa Coson, and Playa El Portillo. You won’t have a problem finding your special spot on the beach to gaze out over the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic.
There is no better way to experience the Caribbean than to actually be on it. Day trips can be taken to see whales (Jan – Mar), dolphins (year round), Las Haitises National Park (caves, birds, mangroves), fishing (year round), and general boat tours. We suggest enjoying the National Park.
Haitian Caraibes Art Gallery
Here you can find many different types of art that both Dominicans and Haitians are known for. You can buy some small souvenirs here to take back with you and even some very good Dominican cigars.
Surfing / Windsurfing / Kitesurfing
To the west of Las Terrenas is the world famous Kite Beach in Cabarete. This area offers surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. On any given day you can look up and down the beach and see people enjoying various water activities. This is located about 2 hours by car (a little longer by bus) from the center of Las Terrenas. This should be considered a full-day event.
Restaurants and Bars In Las Terrenas
If we can be of assistance taking you from Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas or any other part of the country, contact our English Speaking Taxi Service by calling or emailing us. We can assist you in arranging transportation and answer many questions about our wonderful country.