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Las Terrenas

Located on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic on the Samana Peninsula. The beautiful quaint town is well worth the drive from Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas.

Drive from Santo Domingo To Las Terrenas

From Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas

From the Santo Domingo Airport to Las Terrenas takes just about 2 hours, and the drive is well worth it. The Santo Domingo Airport (SDQ) is the best airport to arrive at to reach Las Terrenas. The distance from the Santo Domingo Airport to Las Terrenas is about 140 km / 86 miles. This transfer will take you through the beautiful countryside of the Dominican Republic. As the rice fields and farms turn into palm trees and ocean views you will realize you have arrived in Las Terrenas. While there is an airport closer, the exorbitant fees, the few flights per month and the lack of direct flights to the airport in Samana make this airport a poor choice.

History of Las Terrenas

In the early 1900’s Las Terrenas was a small, rustic fishing community (not even a town) isolated from the rest of the country on the north-east coast of the Dominican Republic. In the mid 1950’s this small fishing community started a slow transformation into a top vacation destination.

Over time the small fishing huts slowly converted into homes, bed and breakfasts, hotels, resorts, restaurants and bars. Now Las Terrenas is a top travel destination with its coral-dyed blue-ish green water and its barren sandy beaches making this part of the country breathtaking.

Places To Stay In Las Terrenas

One of the many reasons Las Terrenas is such a great place to visit is because you can find an array of accommodations to stay that will fit any traveler’s budget. All-inclusive resorts, hotels, quaint bed & breakfasts and AirBnBs can be found throughout Las Terrenas.

All-Inclusive Resorts

All-inclusive resorts will allow you the opportunity to visit the Dominican Republic knowing that you have a safe, clean and beautiful place to make as 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 in hand.


If you decide to stay in small hotel, house, condo, etc., it will allow you a greater opportunity to experience all that Las Terrenas has to offer. Without the all-you-can-eat restaurants and bars of the resorts, you will have a chance to eat and drink at many of the wonderful local restaurants. You will interact more with the locals, enjoy more local foods, hear more local music and have a more culturally significant experience in Las Terrenas. For those of who don’t speak Spanish there are many places that will have English-speaking employees, menus in English and, of course, you can use your cellphone as a translator.

Reasons To Visit Las Terrenas

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.

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 can help arrange these excursions, and, if you are staying in a small hotel or private residence, you may want to arrange these events before you arrive in Las Terrenas. A simple Google search can identify many companies to help arrange these events for you. 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.


While there are many small beaches (playas) just outside where you may be staying, there are 3 main public beaches to enjoy: Playa Bonita, Playa Coson, and Playa Punta Popi. You won’t have a problem finding your special spot on these public beaches to gaze out over the blueish-green waters of the Atlantic or to take a refreshing dip in the water as these beaches are never full.


About 1 ½ hours from the center of Las Terrenas this beach is worth the drive. You will travel through the mountains and then along the shore of the Samana Bay until you arrive at the pristine beach of Playa Rincon.The only buildings you will see are two small huts that serve great local seafood. A wonderful day trip!


Day trips can be taken to see whales (when in season), dolphins (year round), Las Haitises National Park (caves, birds, untouched lands, fishing (year round), and general boat tours.


This 50-meter waterfall will leave you breathless. You will also enjoy swimming in the natural pool at the base of the waterfall. There are two ways to reach the falls: take a 25-minute walk or rent a horse and enjoy the ride!


Board a boat on the Samana Bay and head to the National Park -not a bad way to arrive. Filled with mangroves, limestone caves, animals, birds, islets and an undulating topography this is the best way to see and enjoy the nature and wildlife on the remote north-eastern coast of the Dominican Republic.


Enjoy the strong Caribbean breezes while on the Atlantic Ocean. This is one of the world’s best locations for wind and kite surfing -the northern coast of the Dominican Republic.

Restaurants and Bars in Las Terrenas

Depending on what side of Las Terrenas you are on, there are two streets that run along the ocean – 27 de Febrero and Caamano Deno Francisco. Both are loaded with restaurants, cafes, and quaint places to find your favorite rum drink-many of these restaurants also have fantastic views of the ocean and beach. You will find many Dominican, Italian, fusion and French restaurants scattered throughout the town.


Need Help Getting From Santo Domingo To Las Terrenas

If you need help getting from the Santo Domingo Airport to Las Terrenas, please contact us for pricing and availability. Our reservations department and many of our drivers speak English.

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