Two Months In Las Terrenas
Paradise in the Caribbean For Two Months
I think it’s time to take a break from the cold weather and spend two months in Las Terrenas. I rented a cozy little house in Las Terrenas Samana, located in the Dominican Republic. The house is situated in a secure compound with 24-hour security and is just a five-minute walk from the beach. Depending on where you’re going, it takes anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes to get to town.
For grocery shopping, it’s a 45-minute trip one way, but some people rent a motorbike or a 4×4 to make things easier. I’ve noticed that the town and the beach are both very clean, and volunteers rake the beach almost every day.
I’ve learned that all the dogs in town and on the beach have names and receive regular shots and care from the locals. I’ve even adopted two dogs from a cafe and feed them croissants and bacon, and we also have two guests at our house who love cat food and leftover shrimp. And yes, we have a chicken too!
Please be cautious of a man who may try to persuade you to eat at his place.
It’s possible he may receive a commission for doing so, even though he doesn’t actually prepare the food himself.
Instead, I recommend trying out the #11 shack where two kind ladies prepare everything. Additionally, their handmade Pina Coladas are absolutely delicious!.
My family and I had a wonderful time when my kids and grandkid came to visit. We rented a car and explored many new places, including Laguna Dudu on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic.
This natural lake is the only place in the world where you can dive 32 meters deep, surrounded by a lush forest on the cliffs. The water is crystal clear and truly magical to swim in.
Alongside the lagoon are caves filled with stunning stalactites and stalagmites that formed slowly over time.
Be sure to explore the area around the lagoon when you visit the northern region of the Dominican Republic.
Playa Punta Popy
From our place, we can walk to Playa Punta Popy, it is about 45 minutes one way.The beach is gorgeous! The water is nice and the place is windy ,lots of shade available too. The locals come here and it’s a public beach. They do charge for the chairs 100 Pesos ($2.50) all day.
Playa Las Ballen
This beach is the other side of our home, 25 minutes walking. So you can cross the street and order food and drinks at the restaurant. From the beach you can get some drinks also.
This beach seems tranquil and pointed away from the wind with little signs of erosion. It’s also shaded in many places with the high coconut palms, kept reasonably clean and nearly a perfect place to sunbathe.
Being toward the end of the beach road, the traffic is much less than the other beaches and makes a nice walk. Private homes and condo complexes make up the interior.
Great snorkeling, the kids love it. You can just walk in the warm water and enjoy seeing lots of large and small colorful fish. But be careful, something in the coral sting. My son got hurt on his knee, discomfort for 3 days and it was very red and sting a lot.
Very safe and calm. Water clarity was excellent. There is a fairly large reef you can explore or grassy parts, both with lots of fish.
The Las Terrenas Fish Market is open all year. Here you can see what the local fishermen are catching and selling.
There are less frequently other fish there such as Tuna and Marlin, they come from deeper waters typically.
We got some shrimps and frankly, they were not that good, the cats got a very good treat.
Shopping, restaurants and coffee shop.
Every morning, I go to an Italian bakery for coffee where the people are friendly and speak Spanish or Italian. I don’t need to order any more as they already know my preference.
The breakfast is also very good. There’s another coffee place that serves French bread and goodies, but it’s a bit far.
However, it’s still accessible by walking. In Las Terrenes, there are two excellent supermarkets, Lindo and Pola, which are similar to stores in Canada and the US. Additionally, there are mini-markets where you can buy fruits and veggies from small mom-and-pop shops.
The quality and variety of products may vary depending on the day, but the prices are reasonable, and you can pay with your debit card. During my two-month stay,
Super Pola is the market store, and they rely on tips, so giving them your loose change can be helpful
Pueblo de Los Pescadores
This collection of charming beachfront restaurants offers a diverse selection of dining options to suit any taste.
The prices are reasonable, with an average entrée costing approximately RD$450, but keep in mind that a 28% surcharge is added to the bill.
The beachside location provides a stunning view to enjoy while you dine. Some restaurants only serve dinner, while others offer breakfast in the early morning. Bars are open at night.
Take a moment to explore the options and find what suits your preferences. Additionally, there are happy hour specials where you can buy one drink and get the second one free.
Be sure to inquire about which drinks are included before ordering, as the list may be limited and unusual at some establishments.
In this town, most stores close for a few hours in the afternoon for a siesta, except on Sundays when some stay open.
The high-end stores are usually owned by French people, while the more affordable options are run by the locals.
Personally, I prefer supporting the local businesses, not just because it’s less expensive, but also because it helps the community.
The most popular types of stones here are Larimar and Amber, and I’m currently searching for some to use in my jewelry-making. It’s always a good idea to compare prices and quality before making a purchase.
I recommend trying out local restaurants as they don’t add a 28% charge on top of your bill.
It’s customary to leave a tip, which they greatly appreciate. Among the restaurants I enjoyed were Panini, a small Empanada cabin with delicious and affordable food, and a great Mexican restaurant.
The pizza place does have a fee, but the pizza is excellent and cooked over an open fire by the beach, providing a breathtaking view.
My favorite place in the morning for goodies and coffee.
La Catrina is centrally located.
Own and run by Mexicans, it is as authentic as it can get, offering both quality and outstanding flavors.
Try the margaritas, very authentic.
Two others places for good food.
Wonderful little French sidewalk cafe on main street. Lovely vibe and ambiance. Only con is the exhaust from the traffic. Sit back from the sidewalk and it’s ok.
The best panini ever and the plate is big is big, it can feed 2-3 person.
And Covid is Here
Unfortunately, our vacation had to be shortened due to the COVID-19 virus. Despite this setback, I thoroughly enjoyed my six weeks away from the cold and snow.
Nevertheless, I would love to return to Las Terrenas as it’s a charming and safe town with friendly locals. The beach is stunningly beautiful, and all necessary amenities are conveniently located nearby.
My almost two months in Las Terrenas flew by too quickly.