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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.

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 the Santo Domingo Airport the airport of choice if you are vacationing in Las Terrenas.

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.

Slide Is an adults-only hotel located on the magnificent Coson Beach in Las Terrenas. With its pristine surroundings, beautiful hotel and proximity to the town of Las Terrenas, you can’t go wrong here.

Viva Wyndham V Samana Las Terrenas

Slide Located on the eastern side of Las Terrenas and on the beach Playa El Portillo this resort allows you to put your toes in the sand and to enjoy the Caribbean breezes.

Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo


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.

Slide This condo-hotel is located on the beach Playa Coson and combines the best amenities of a condo (privacy) with the comforts of a hotel (restaurant, room service, bar, outdoor pool and lounging areas).

Coson Bay Hotel

Slide Located on the beach Playa Coson this hotel has two pools, 2 restaurants and bar on-site. The rooms also come with a kitchenette and a dinning area. This hotel is only a 5-minute taxi to the downtown.


Slide Built by a European artist in the '80s and located on the beach Playa Bonita, this intimate 18-room hotel is a laid-back piece of Las Terrenas.

Hotel Atlantis

Slide Located on the beach Playa Bonita in Las Terrenas, this is affordable tranquility. Far enough from the center of town to provide the tranquility you are looking for, but only a few minutes by taxi to town.

Mosquito Boutique Hotel

Slide Out on the beach point, this 54-room hotel is located a quick 8-minute walk from the center of town, but yet just far enough away so the only noise you will hear is the sounds of the Caribbean breeze and the waves.

Hotel Alisei

Slide This small 45-unit property ranges from studio apartments to 4-bedroom villas. It has a restaurant and bar on the property. This location is great for families and is a short walk to the center of town.

Hotel Playa Colibri

Slide This 10-unit property offers you a private oasis located in downtown Las Terrenas. There are terraces attached to the rooms to help you enjoy the well-maintained gardens and the pool. Only a few minutes’ walk to the beach.

Mahona Bed & Breakfast

Slide This 77-luxury apartment hotel is located in the quaint downtown are of Las Terrenas. This property blends the best that both a private apartment and luxury hotel have to offer. Pools, spas, restaurants, and a fitness room are all located on-site. It is a few minutes’ walk to downtown or the beach.

Aligio Apart-Hotel

Slide Located in the center of Las Terrenas and 200 meters from the beach this hotel is surrounded by lush vegetation and offers you a relaxing experience with your own private bungalow.

Hotel La Tortuga

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!

Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas

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 – Calle 27 de Febrero and Calle 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.



Located on the beach in the heart of Las Terrenas, the food (European & Caribbean), the ambience and the restaurant (clean & well designed) make this place a must go-to. (Author’s Top pick)
La Yuca Caliente

La Yuca Caliente

Italian & seafood restaurant owned by an Italian and on the beach in the center of the downtown, this restaurant has it all -views, ambience, excellent food, and great service. (Author's Top Pick)
One Love Surfshack

One Love Surfshack

On the beach located in Pueblo de los Pescadores (the fishing village) this is a great place to either eat or drink and to watch the sun go down on the Atlantic. Happy Hour is 5 to 8 with 2-for-1 drinks.

El Dieciocho

International, Caribbean, Seafood menu with great wines. Located in the heart of Las Terrenas. This upscale restaurant will not disappoint. American-trained chef with 25+ years of experience.

El Lugar

Located across the street from the ocean, this restaurant with its varied international menu, affordable prices and great staff, is a place you are sure to enjoy.

Zu Ceviche & Brasserie

Located on the beach in the center of town with a casual Caribbean atmosphere this restaurant is best known for its ceviche and incredible views from each table.

La Dolce Vita

Italian restaurant owned by an Italian family (authentic food) in front of the beach Playa Popy. Wood- fired Pizzas and steaks cooked on an open flame are some of the many specialties found here.

Restaurant Luis

Located directly on the beach Playa Coson this is more than just a restaurant -it’s a destination for the day. Enjoy your fresh fish or lobster with a cold beer while enjoying a day at the beach. Not a traditional restaurant, but a hut on the beach. A local’s favorite.

Tu Casa

Located about 1 ½ blocks from the beach this Caribbean-style restaurant is just far enough away from the beach to be very reasonably priced, yet only a few minutes walk from the beach. The plate of the day (Plato del Dia) is always inexpensive and tastes great. Good location for breakfast.

Zubra Beer House & Restaurante

Located about a block from the beach this is a very affordable place to have a beer and a burger. They also have excellent and inexpensive breakfasts.

Gaia disco & Nightclub

When you have soaked up all the sun you can for the day and have enjoyed a nice dinner, now is the time to enjoy the Dominican music and nightlife. Located in Pueblo de los Pescadores in downtown Las Terrenas.

Las Terrenas

Questions & Answers

Facts about transportation from Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas

What is the distance from the Santo Domingo Airport to Las Terrenas?

The distance from the Santo Domingo Airport to the center of Las Terrenas is about 145 km or 90 miles. Most hotels and AirBnBs are located within 16 kms or 10 miles of the center of Las Terrenas.

How long does it take to get from the Santo Domingo Airport to Las Terrenas?

From the Santo Domingo Airport to Las Terrenas will take about 2 to 2 ¼ hours to reach.

The first resort you reach in Las Terrenas is Viva Wyndham V Samana and is about a 2 hour drive time. The last resort located in Las Terrenas is Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo and is about 2 ¼ hours. Most AirBnB, private rentals and hotels are located someone in-between these two resorts.

Distance from Santo Domingo to las Terrenas?

The distance from Santo Domingo to the center of Las Terrenas is about 161 kms or 100 miles. Most hotels and AirBnbs are found within a 16 km or a 10 miles radius of the center of Las Terrenas.

How long does it take to get from Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas?

From Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas will take about 2 ¼ to 2 ¾ hours.

Note: Santo Domingo is large metropolitan area of 3 million people. Travel times can vary greatly based on traffic.

What is the cheapest way to get from Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas?

The cheapest way to get from Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas depends on the number of passengers in your group.

While the #1 preferred way to get from Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas (private transfer) is not always the cheapest, it is not that much more than the least expensive way, but it is a lot simpler, safer and more enjoyable.

The bus is probably the cheapest way to get from Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas, but keep in mind the buses don’t pick up at the airport so you will have to pay for a taxi to the bus station, wait for the next bus, buy the tickets, and then when you are arrive in Las Terrenas you will have to take a taxi from the bus station to where you are staying. While the bus tickets are only about $10 USD per person, the taxis, etc. will add up quickly and you will be quickly at or over $100 USD, almost the cost of a private transfer.

There are shared shuttles services and we advise taking these if you are a solo traveler. At about $65 USD for a shared shuttle service a solo travel can save money. With two passengers you are within the cost of a private transfer and with 3 or more passengers it will be more expensive to take a shared shuttle than a private transfer.

The private transfer, at about $40 USD more than the above options, is usually the best form of transportation for the cost.  A few dollars more but a lot easier, a lot less time and a lot more comfortable. Door to door service, someone waiting for you to clear customs, and a direct transfer make this the best choice. Need a quote? Transfer from Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas.

How to travel from Santo Domingo Airport to Las Terrenas without renting a car?

The easiest way to get from the Santo Domingo Airport to Las Terrenas is with a car service. With a car service your driver will be waiting for you and once you clear customs, the driver will help you with your luggage and have you on your way to your final destination as soon as you clear customs. Need a quote? Transfer from Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas.

Is the transfer from Santo Domingo To Las Terrenas safe?

The short answer  –Yes. The longer answer to if the transfer from Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas is safe, it is of course safe. We would never allow our passengers or drivers to be put in a bad situation. This is one of our primary routes and a route that our drivers like a lot. This main road to Las Terrenas is a private highway and is probably the best road in the country which makes the drive that much easier.

At night the drive to Las Terrenas from Santo Domingo can still be done and done safely but our drivers will drive a little slower. Not only is there obviously less light but because much of the drive is through the countryside there is always a chance for a cow or two to be on the road. Not typical, yet occasionally it happens -so we are always on the lookout.

What Our Clients Are Saying

Male Testimonial

Best transportation service in the Dominican Republic

My friend found Ken several years ago on a trip to the Dominican Republic and we used his service again recently on a trip with 20 people! We needed transportation from Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas.
He had drinks and snacks ready for us in the vehicle which made the drive to Las Terrenas feel like a breeze and even organized a seaside lunch spot for us near Santo Domingo when we had some time to kill before our flight.

Highly recommend if you’re looking for safe and reliable transportation in the Dominican Republic

-Helen B

Female Testimonial

The only car company I use in the DR

Once again, amazing service from start to finish. We traveled from the Santo Domingo Airport to Las Terrenas. Drivers are always safe and reliable and I recommend this service to anyone traveling to the DR when traveling starts up again. Thanks Ken!!


Family Testimonials

Reliable taxi service From Santo Domingo To Las Terrenas

We recommend this taxi company. From the UK we booked a pickup taxi from Santo Domingo airport to our hotel in Las Terranas, a two hour journey. Booking it was easy on their website and the booking agent was very helpful and courteous. The taxi driver was waiting for us at the airport and spoke English. He drove safely and was also very courteous. During our 10 day holiday we booked two more taxi rides with this company, one being a return journey to Santo Dominingo and also our taxi from the capital to the SDQ airport for our flight home. We experienced no problems each time.

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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