Las Terrenas

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Las Terrenas
Street view of Las Terrenas
Street view of Las Terrenas
Las Terrenas is located in the Dominican Republic
Las Terrenas
Las Terrenas
Las Terrenas in the Dominican Republic
Coordinates: 19°19′12″N 69°31′48″W / 19.32000°N 69.53000°W / 19.32000; -69.53000Coordinates: 19°19′12″N 69°31′48″W / 19.32000°N 69.53000°W / 19.32000; -69.53000
Country  Dominican Republic
Province Samaná
 • Total 113.1 km2 (43.7 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Total 39,221
 • Density 350/km2 (900/sq mi)
Distance to
 – Santo Domingo

225 km

Las Terrenas is a town on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, located in the province of Samaná. It is known for its scenic landscapes coupled with white sand beaches and clear waters. Among the best known beaches are "Punta Poppy" and "Las Ballenas". Tourism in this region is constantly growing due to investments in tourist infrastructure such as hotels, clubs, restaurants and shopping centers such as "Puerto Plaza las Terrenas". At night entertainment centers are crowded by hundreds of visitors.


Pueblo de Pescadores

Las Terrenas was founded in 1946, when the then President Rafael Leonidas Trujillo ordered the rural inhabitants of Santo Domingo to resettle in the town as farmers and fishermen. Las Terrenas was then a small fishing village isolated from the rest of the country.

But it was worth, the heavenly beauty of the place one more motivated to make the effort, and gradually, other European nationalities came to try a bit of paradise. Over the years the village was developed calm and old fishermen's cabins have been slowly transformed into bars, restaurants and shops. The beauty of the place, the almost perfect coexistence of different nationalities (French, Italian, German, Swiss, Canadian, American, Spanish, Latin and Dominicans), helped make Las Terrenas at the headquarters of national events.Today, Las Terrenas is a seaside resort that can accommodate equally those who want to share family vacation and those who want to celebrate with friends, sports and those who want to relax, with many activities to do.

Samana was a famous slave trade port for the British in the early seventeenth century. Today, people of these states are a combination of Taino, Spanish, West Indian and African slaves. Las Terrenas name originates from the French La terrienne (The landlord).


According to the Population and Housing Census 2002, the town has a total population of 13,869, of whom 6,985 were men and 6,884 women. Currently the population has increased significantly due to the migration of foreigners in the area.


The main economic activities of the town are tourism, commerce and fishing. In 1975 Juan (Jeannot Desdames)from France arrives in Las Terrenas French meaning for Las Terrenas changing life of the community, which was a village of fishermen, farmers, beekeepers, with shacks, without water, electricity, roads and barely no telephone communication. John the French with their daring starting Tropic Banana hotel, who sets the pace for a modernized people.

Las Terrenas Park

In 1977 Dr. Adelphia Dane Bowen, Jr. of Texas became the first foreigner to build a private home in Las Terrenas. He was Economic Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic at the time. He visited beches all over the Dominican Republic and felt that Las Terrenas had the prettiest beaches.

The beaches are the first attraction because arouse the interest of visitors and residentes.Sirven bathing, take pictures of weddings, birthdays, filming movies, water sports practices by waves and wind stability. The colors of the finest arenas in the world.

The hills are a tourist attraction for visitors and investors are Dominican or foreign that entice you to build or buy a second home preferably overlooking the Scottish Bay. Reinforce the hills to the beaches as the first attraction because people purchase them to see the sea. Are discovered after they bought the heads are the beaches.

Oceanfront hotel

The fishing village that is an artificial attraction resulting from the combination of the construction of the huts of local fisherman and the ability of European business transformation.

The entertainment centers are part of the tourist attractions in Las Terrenas. A variety of options and various environments people can go to the super romantic places that exist around the beach, wing nightclubs, popular terraces or a little quieter terraces are counted. The majority of visitors are of European nationality, mainly Spanish, Italian, French and German.

Water activities carried out at sea, such as diving, sailing and others are very busy and are part of the tourist attractions of the place.

Tourist transportation activities are one of the tourist attractions in Las Terrenas, Safari excursions, Fourwhell or motors are made. They have routes for all the Samana peninsula that tourists can use. Also indicate the cultural tourism as reinforcement to the other attractions.

Las Terrenas Beach panoramic view


Las Terrenas is popular with foreigners and people from the capital, Santo Domingo. The completion of a new highway between Santo Domingo and Santa Bárbara de Samaná has enabled easier access, and the drive takes two hours.

The new Samaná El Catey International Airport is open for international flights, mainly from Europe and Canada.

In 2012, a paved highway between El Catey and Las Terrenas was completed.


Guesthouse in Las Terrenas

Las Terrenas developed a new aqueduct in 2013. In addition, in March 2012 the town installed a new fiber optic Internet/TV/telephone system.

The Cosón area just 2 miles from Las Terrenas is the new hotspot of five large real estate projects to be completed, those include: Playa Bonita Bay, Samana Sublime residences and resort, Bahia Estela, Coson hills and Colina Al Mar Colina. Al Mar is considered the premier place for anyone looking for a residence among the mountains that rise around Cosón bay. The Peninsula House 5 Star Hotel is also located in Cosón.


  1. ^ Superficies a nivel de municipios, Oficina Nacional de Estadistica
  2. ^ Censo 2012 de Población y Vivienda, Oficina Nacional de Estadistica

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