Top 8 Things To Do In Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic - Updated 2022

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Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic is a beach town that has visitors from all over the world. Its beaches with white sands and crystal-clear waters are simply irresistible to travelers. So, if you’re one of those travelers and are planning a trip to Las Terrenas anytime soon, read on to find out what are the best things to do for a fantastic adventure!

1. Explore the beaches

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Las Terrenas is known for its pristine, white sand beaches, so you would be remiss to spend time there without visiting the many wonderful beaches. Las Terrenas Beach is located in one of the most heavily visited areas in the region. People usually flock to this quintessential Dominican beach as it is a wonderful place to watch the sunset and participate in water sports, and its swing sets provide additional entertainment for children.

A less crowded but equally as gorgeous beach is Playa Bonita, which literally means “beautiful beach”. It is the perfect place for relaxing, feeling the soft sand between your toes, and soaking up the sun as it is tranquil, quiet, and not heavily frequented by tourists. Coson Beach is also quiet, yet has stronger waves. It is ideal for adventurous surfers and water sports enthusiasts.

Las Terrenas Beach

Address: Las Terrenas 32000, Dominican Republic

Playa Bonita

Address: Playa Bonita, Las Terrenas 32000, Dominican Republic

Coson Beach

Address: Playa Coson, Las Terrenas 32000, Dominican Republic

2. Dine at Restaurante Luis

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Do not be deceived by Restuarante Luis’ humble appearances. It is a simple shack with a tin roof and plastic tables and chairs. However, the food is considered by many of its patrons to be absolutely incredible and some of the best Caribbean food. The restaurant is renowned for its fresh, well-seasoned, and mouthwatering seafood. Also, its location on Conson Beach enables you to enjoy all the simple pleasures in life: good food, good company, sunshine, buttery soft sand, and a nice breeze.

Restaurante Luis

Address: Playa Coson, Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

3. Whale and dolphin watching

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Posted by Excursions Stéphanie Las Terrenas - Samana on Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Learn about and observe the amazing creatures with whom you are sharing the seas. The waters around Las Terrenas are home to humpback whales and dolphins. Go on a boat tour with a guide who will help you spot them and provide you information about them. One popular tour is Excursions Stephanie. Stephanie is the main guide and an expert on whales and dolphins. She also speaks English, French, and Spanish, making the information she provides during the tour accessible to people of various backgrounds.

Excursions Stephanie

Address: Rue Principale 280, Las Terrenas 00000, Dominican Republic

Contact: +1 8092406251

Website: Excursions Stephanie - in French)

4. Boulangerie Francaise

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Boulangerie Française on Sunday, October 5, 2014

Visit Boulangerie Francaise, which translates to French Bakery, to get a literal taste of France during your trip in Las Terrenas. This bakery serves fresh, authentic French food. Stop by for breakfast for coffee, pastries or their heavenly baguettes. If you are craving a savory dish, you can try the ham and cheese baguette or a sandwich. If you have a sweet tooth, select from the many pastries or have some cake or pain au chocolat.

Boulangerie Francaise

Address: Calle Duarte (Calle Principale), Plaza Taina, Las Terreras, Samana, Dominican Republic

Phone Number: +1 8092406751

Hours: 7am - 7.30pm, daily

Facebook: Boulangerie Francaise

5. Scuba diving (from 55 USD)

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Water is plentiful in Las Terrenas; there are a multitude of pools and the coastline provides access to different parts of the Caribbean Sea. This makes Las Terrenas a wonderful place for scuba diving. If you have never been scuba diving in your life, there is no time like the present to start! There are tours for complete beginners available in both pools and open water in which certified professionals provide scuba diving lessons. Explore the Caribbean Sea, interact with diverse wildlife in the seas, and create memories to share with your friends and family at home!

Las Terrenas Scuba Diving Discovery Course

Price: from 55 USD

Duration: Flexible


Learn to Scuba Dive in Las Terrenas

Price: from 65 USD

Duration: 2 hours (approx)


6. Mountain biking (from 70 USD)

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Are you a daredevil? If so, the adrenaline rush that comes from biking the hills and mountains of Las Terrenas is just right for you. Take a mountain biking tour. There are different options of varying difficulty to suit your biking experiences. You can bike through the city, taking in all the sights and sounds of the bustling city. If you are a nature lover, you can choose to bike through the hills with dense foliage. If you have fallen in love with the sparkling blue waters of the Las Terrenas coastline, you can opt for a bike route that goes through the beaches. Customize your biking experience and have a fantastic ride!

Mountain Bike Excursion from Las Terrenas

Price: from 70 USD

Duration: Flexible


7. El Mosquito

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

We are open Come by and say hi all week long, from 6pm

Posted by El Mosquito Art Bar on Wednesday, November 3, 2021

El Mosquito is the preferred bar of the locals and is usually filled with people from all over the world, and for good reason. It is right near the ocean, so you can stop by after spending a long day at the beach. The décor is a unique mix of vintage French and animal prints; it is almost as eye catching as the art that is on display. Sip a delicious cocktail, make new friends, enjoy the music, and discover why many consider El Mosquito to be one of the best bars in Las Terrenas and possibly the Dominican Republic.

El Mosquito

Address: Pueblo De Los Pescadores, Las Terrenas, Samana Las Terrenas

Contact: +1 8098772844

Hours: 5pm - 2am (Sunday - Thursday) and 5pm - 4am (Friday & Saturday)

Facebook: El Mosquito

8. Los Haitises National Park

Los Haitises Park
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Los Haitises National Park is a nature reserve with untouched, undisturbed forests, hills, and caves. It is located in Samana Bay and can only be accessed by boat. The parks have a vast array of flora and fauna, with some animals that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The Taino Native Americans who lived in the area centuries ago have also left their mark on the area with paintings and rock carvings. Between the landscape, biodiversity, and history, you will have tons to explore and discover.

Los Haitises National Park

Address: Los Haitises, Samaná, Samana 23000, Dominican Republic

Looking for adventure?

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Las Terrenas has everything needed for a thrilling and spectacular vacation: sunshine, white sands, clear waters, food, and nature. Try out some of these suggested activities to take advantage of all that Las Terrenas has to offer. Adventure awaits!

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Hannah took her first international trip at one month old and has been traveling ever since. She loves being immersed in different cultures, trying new foods, meeting new people, and sharing her...Read more

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