If you are looking for a relaxing atmosphere, surfers, bohemian vibes and the most beautiful beaches, you should definitely go to Las Terrenas. Located in the north of the Dominican Republic, this city will take you to an oasis of calm in no time. The distinct vacation spot for us and soon to be yours! Because in this article Cindy will answer the three reasons of why you should go.
Everyone needs a little Las Terrenas in their life
We stay in Santo Domingo, a bustling capital city that has everything to offer. From delicious restaurants to have a cozy lunch at, to fun bars, stores, hotels and even beauty hotspots. We love it! But when we want to get away from it all, Las Terrenas is always first on the list.
After all, it’s only about a two-hour drive from the capital and you drive through the beautiful Los Haitises Nature Park. So traveling there is in itself a wonderful wonderful experience. And once we arrive, we really feel like we’re on vacation!
Where do I stay?
There is no doubt about the hotel we choose: in fact, the Saman Boutique Hotel never disappoints. And we’ve been visiting it as our second home, ever since it opened and our first visit in March 2020.
As soon as you arrive at the entrance of you will notice the clean design, minimalistic touch and coziness which has been extended throughout the whole building. One thing is for sure: they did everything to make you feel at home.
Once passed through the reception, which has a beautiful large wooden table, you walk towards the center pool, dining area and the rooms, with in the center the Saman tree. The whole building and resort has been build around nature. They kept all the trees and furnished the places so it would perfectly blend in. This doesn’t only makes you feel like you’re in the middle of the Dominican Republic nature, you also have a touch of green everywhere you walk.
And that ecologic and sustainable touch isn’t only outdoors, also the rooms are decorated with wooden furniture, like the night stands and closets for example. All this wood comes from local artisans who are using the wood demolished by hurricanes. Other local interior details are: the paintings on the wall, the beach bag which you can use to go to the pool, the information cards,… You name it and it’s local.
Isn’t that a beautiful way to not only show the guests the art and talent there’s in the Dominican Republic? It also shows how nature and green elements can turn any room into a home. And I’m in love with their concept!
What can I do in Las Terrenas?
Of course you’re there to discover the city, so we’d like to take you on our most enjoyable getaways in and around Las Terrenas. And we start close by where you can enjoy the beautiful beach of Playa Poppy. Just next to this beach you also have a cozy beach bar named “Mosquito”. But maybe you are looking for something more adventurous?
Then we recommend you to visit the waterfalls of El Limon. Just be prepared for the hour and a half hike to the waterfalls themselves. You’ll cross a river, cobblestones and, if it rains, a lot of mud. But it is definitely worth it!
Can it be a little further from the hotel and do you have a car? Then you can visit Playa Moron or Playa Bonita. Both are about 15 to 20 minutes away from the center of Las Terrenas. At Playa Bonita you can surf and relax at Mosquito (yes, the same owners of the beach bar nearby Punta Poppy!). And at Playa Moron you’ll find yourself in an oasis of calm, since this beach is mostly frequented by locals.
Finally, you can also visit nice stores in the center. So there are definitely enough activities for a weekend away!
The best food in town
After so much adventure or a day at the beach, of course you get hungry. And the article would of course not be complete without our favorite hotspots in terms of food and drink.
Let’s start with breakfast: at the Saman hotel itself you can enjoy a delicious breakfast. You’ll find a mix between healthy dishes like an Avocado toast, a selection of fruits, Yogurt with Granola and your favorite way to eat eggs. But also sweets like pancakes with chocolate and fruit are on the menu.
For lunch, you can go downtown at Sol and Fresh. You’ll find a mix of salads and bowls, all prepared with fresh and local products. But when you go out of the center and visit, for example Playa Bonita to relax or to go surfing, you can go on site at Mosquito’s own restaurant. And we highly recommend their chicken with curry and mofongo without a doubt!
But of course you can’t end the day without a good supper. And let that also just be my favorite time of day. So good news! Because these next three restaurants you must visit without a doubt:
– La Yuca Caliente for delicious Pizza or Churrasco
– Porto by Mosquito for their fish dish and tapas
– Alibiza in the hotel Saman itself. Indeed, their Pork Ribs, Tuna Tartare and Avocado, and Zucchini Carpaccio with Goat Cheese are excellent!
If you are traveling to the Dominican Republic, we definitely recommend coming to Las Terrenas and enjoying the relaxing atmosphere. Angelo and I will be traveling north again soon and we’re looking forward to sharing with you more activities, food hotspots and tips around our most favorite vacation spot on the island.