Las Terrenas is part of Samanà Peninsula characterized by long beaches with white sand and clear sea. The city was founded in 1946, at that time, it was a little village of fishermen.
Over time, the village has developed a lot and the old fishermen's cabins have been turned into bars, restaurants, hotels and shops. The beauty of the place and the almost perfect coexistence of different nationalities (French, Italian, German, Swiss, Canadian, American, Spanish, Latin and Dominican), have helped make Las Terrenas a true paradise on earth. Las Terrenas is a perfect destination for a relaxing or adventure holiday, and it is suitable for families and / or groups of friends.
The main street of Las Terrenas leads to a beach which branches off to the right toward El Portillo and branches off to the left toward the coast where the fishing village is located. There are a lot of amazing beaches, the best ones are: the Playa Coson, famous for people who love surf, the Playa Las Ballenas, so called because there is a rock that has the shape of a whale. There are many restaurants overlooking the sea where you can taste the traditional food of the country. For those who love the nightlife, Las Terrenas offers a large number of places where you can have fun, drink, dance and live life Dominican style.
Samaná is a town and municipality in northeastern Dominican Republic and is the capital of Samaná Province. It is located on the northern coast of Samaná Bay. The town is an important tourism destination and is the main center for whale-watching tours in the Caribbean region. Samaná is located in a small plain close to the coast but, now, most of the town is in the hills that enclose the plain. Most of the territory is occupied by the Sierra de Samaná, a short mountain range with steep slopes but no high mountains. The highest mountain is Monte Mesa.
On 13 January 1493, Colombo made his last stop of this voyage in the New World. He landed on the Samaná Peninsula, where he met the hostile Ciguayos who defended themselves with use of arrows. Because of this, Colombo called the inlet where he met them the Bay of Arrows.
The Samana peninsula attracts, as always, a large number of visitors due to the beautiful beaches with golden sand and shoreline shaded by thousands of coconuts and its strategic location in the Caribbean island.
The Samana Peninsula is an ideal destination for nature, adventure and sport lovers: long, wild and solitary beaches with turquoise sea and a lot of little lovely villages. You’ll descovery the entire Peninsula visiting its rural areas, its interesting caves and caverns, its cayos and islets located in the middle of the bay, the green hills, the large extensions of coconut trees, forests, rivers, cliffs, coves, and, of course, its marvelous hidden, lonely and wild beaches.
One of the most striking natural beauty is definitely "The cascade of Limón", the highest one of Caribbean Island (50 meters high) and it is located in the town of Limon, at 15km from Las Terrenas. The waterfall will offer you an amazing show. Finally, you could swim in the lake below the falls.
The Dominican Republic is joyful during the Carnival when, every Sunday on February, explodes the larger and colorful party. The Dominican Carnival is the oldest in the world history: the first edition was in 1520. The most important masks that characterized this traditional event are: the “diablo cojuelo” and the “Roba la gallina”. Old and young people enjoyed themselves a lot during this event where art, culture, religion and popular traditions are mixed to create an unique and amazing moment. The Carnival party ends with a masks parade during the last sunday on February when dominican people celebrate the national independence, which officially was conquered on 27 February 1863.
Near the famous National Park of Los Haitises, located in Samana Bay, every year, from mid-December to April, about three thousand whales come together to give birth and nurse their young. The protected, calm and warm sea of the bay is ideal to breed. After the breeding season, the whales back into the open sea. Humpbacks are among the largest surviving whales in the Atlantic. Up to 18 meters long, weigh between 55 and 65 tons. They are black or dark gray with the white throat and fins.
Santo Domingo is the capital of Dominican Repubblic. In 1990, UNESCO recognized Santo Domingo as a world heritage, being the oldest European settlement in the Americas and one of the most populous cities in the Caribbean. Santo Domingo was founded on 5 August 1496 by Bartolomeo Colombo, brother of the famous Cristoforo Colombo. The name given to the city is in memory of the saint protector. Santo Domingo is also famous because there were built the first cathedral, the first hospital, the first monastery, the first university and the first court of the Western Hemisphere.
The city, located in the center of the southern coast of the Dominican Republic, has the best climate. It results less humid than the climate of the northern part of the country. Santo Domingo is rich in historical monuments, castles, nevertheless, the city is very modern. Furthermore, the city consists of a rich vegetation and magnificent landscapes with exciting views. You can find white beaches, with lovely sand, and a club of salsa and merengue located inside a cave underground. Santo Domingo, also has the largest number of coconut palms in the world.
The nightlife in Santo Domingo takes place mainly in the Colonial Zone, in Avenida Venezuela located in the east of Santo Domingo and in Duarte, where almost every day you find a new bar, restaurant with live music, pub or fast food, disco loft and music until 4.00 am. The nightlife in Santo Domingo is the hottest in the entire world.
Santo Domingo is a destination suitable for every type of person due to the wide variety of locals, places, historical centers and monuments that it presents.