Yannick Bataller, kiteboarding instructor, on a relatively calm day, Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic
Its always the question... What to do in or around that specific place. In Las Terrenas, our beach town, a lot. I am living here since 2004 so did ao do a lot. And a lot of things can be done here, in my hometown.
A laid back beach lifestyle
First of all... that laid back beachy lifestyle. The feeling of freedom. Something that you will feel and experience here. Not like a bunch of sheep inside an all inclusive resort but just choose whatever beach you want. Take some beach stuff and go wherever beach you want. By car, ATV, buggy, guagua, bike, bicycle or by foot. And you are never far away from beaches. Every beach has its charm. We have quiet beaches and less quiet beaches in center town.
- Playa Coson: a long stretched beach, quiet, good to swim and sun. At the westside from Las Terrenas. Everywhere easy access. Around 7 km long. On that 7 km strip several local restaurants and European restaurants. Also several hotels and villa residence where you can rent villas.
- Playa Bonita, closer to center town. 2 km long and sometimes water can be rough. That is why we have several surf clubs here. When you want quiet and calm water here at Playa Bonita, just go around the west point corner, or stay totally at the east side. Both are very protected and calm waters. Restaurants... the best here. Some famous names like Atlantis, Ney, Mosquitos, Las Ballenas Resort. Playa Bonita is full of residential villas and some nice small boutique hotels. The wide crescent-shaped beach has several different "zones" to enjoy. Center area has just enough waves to enjoy like an amusement park wave pool. Several areas, the waves are large enough for the local surf schools to train beginners. A protected alcove to the right is a serene and calm wading pool. Paddleboarders / SUP's can enjoy out around Punta Bonita to visit Playa Coson or the other direction to the secluded Playa Escondida. Playa Bonita's never crowded and early mornings you usually have it all to yourself. Enjoy the gorgeous sunsets while walking along the beach or from one of several beachside restaurants. A beautiful beach!
- Playa Las Ballenas and Punta Popi: these are the 2 center town beaches which go from west to east. Playa Las Ballenas is a wide sandy beach, quiet waters, for sure at the end where the lagune is. Punta Popi more crowded. At both beaches several hotels and many European style restaurants on the beach. Also some diving clubs and lounge clubs. Perfect if you don't have a car.
- Playa Portillo: at the east side from Las Terrenas. You can walk miles and miles to the east. Some nice beachclubs like Mosquitos and Balcones there. Bit further the only all inclusive hotel we have, the Gran Bahia. And of course kiting is done here. Best kiting is at Portillo.
Then numerous more beaches close to Las Terrenas. Playa Moron, a small paradise. A bit further La Cana beach and Lanza del Norte. Then, only accessible by boat Playa Onda an Ermitano. This is paradise as close as it can get. More further Playa el Valle, Playa Rincon, Playa Galeras, Playa Madame and Fronton. Samana is probably the best for beach lovers.
Kiting and surfing in and around Las Terrenas
- Around Portillo several good spots for surfing and kiting. Most of the shops are at Punta Popi and they give of course lessons if you like. Also renting out. Paya Punta Popy and Portillo is the social and water sports beach hub of Las Terrenas. Peppered with a maze of giant palm trees, its white sand shores offer the perfect wind and wave conditions for kitesurfers, new or experienced. Surfing st Playa Bonita, check out Carolina. Also great for kids and summer camps here.
Horse riding on the beach
- Yes, its possible in or around Las Terrenas. We have a very nicely managed horse ranch just outside Las Terrenas. They do tours if you like. You can plan with them how and what. Who does not dream of riding on the back of a horse on a wild beach or to discover lush vegetation while crossing tropical paths? Either a beginner or an advanced rider, Rancho Playa adapts its excursions to any level. Two strategies are to respect our animals and for you to have an unforgettable experience. Check them out here.
Diving and snorkeling in and around Las Terrenas
- Of course, you can snorkel and dive in Las Terrenas. We have several diving schools who give classes and tours. For beginners up to experienced divers. One diving school with the highest recommendations is Diving Academy in Las Terrenas.
Biking in and around Las Terrenas
- Las Terrenas is the perfect location for biking. e have nice tracks here around our beachfront village Las Terrenas. We have a professional mtb shop, runned by a pro-swiss. He also does tours if you like. Check out the Real Bike Shop here. Luis, the owner, is a mbt biker, and a tuff one. Its his life. They offer bike rent, guided bike excursions (easy rides, cross-country or enduro) for all levels, private or in group. If you are beginner, adventurer or advanced cyclist you are welcome to visit us in our shop. Come and join our ADVENTURES and have FUN.
All kind of tours in Las Terrenas
- Tours by horses
- Tour to the El Limon Waterfall
- Coffee tour by ATV and/or buggies
- boat tours with fishing, snorkeling, deserted beach visits
- hiking and canyoning
- biking tours
- Tours to Los Haitises national parks
- Whale watching tours
- Ziplining at Playa el Valle
Nightlife in Las Terrenas
- Pueblo de Pescadores, is something that has to be on the list for sure. A cluster from small beach cabins where you will find a diversity of restaurants, bars, lounge clubs. Here enjoy meals directly at the beach, enjoy the sunsets, cool down at the beach in front of you, take a drink and go towards the nightlife. Everything is moving here.
Sports in Las Terrenas
- We have a well-equipped gym. Check out Gymnasio Forma y Nutricion. Everything that you need is here, also on your holiday. Then, of course, soccer, jiu-jitsu, baseball, tennis. Dancing is also a sport, so several very good options. In the daytime or evenings. Salsa, merengue y bachata.
Wellness and Yoga in and around Las Terrenas
We have a new yoga retreat in Playa Bonita. Owner is Patrick and gives the classes. Check him out here at Com On, Do Yoga. Has its own private pool as well! Also bed and breakfast at Patricks. Perfect for a relaxed and healthy stay. Also strength training, agua yoga and private classes. The yoga spot is a little quiet location of peace and tranquility in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic. At this purpose built Yoga Sanctuary and Wellness Center and have a range of Yoga classes to suit everyone from beginner to advanced, including water Yoga, with our resident Instructor, Shaman Patrick Leonard. Classes are run every day so why not come by and see what you are missing?
Patrick created a small piece of paradise in Las Terrenas.