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Top Choice French in Las Terrenas

La Terrasse

The Dominican chef at this sophisticated French bistro deserves a few Michelin stars for his steak au poivre (RD$550), one of the most perfect meals in the entire DR – you’ll be genuflecting at his kitchen’s door af…
Top Choice Seafood in Las Terrenas

Restaurante Luís

Practically a legend at this point, this ramshackle sea shack on Playa Cosón serves up some of Samana's best seafood. Dig your toes into the sand, shoot the breeze with the server over the daily catch (there's no me…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Las Terrenas

El Mosquito

The hottest bar in Las Terrenas by a landslide, this newly reopened, open-air lounge that was destroyed in the 2012 Pueblo de los Pescadores fire is a good-time juxtaposition of rustic lounge furniture, fairy-light-…
Nature Reserve in Las Terrenas

Parque Nacional Los Haitises

Las Terrenas might not be that close to the Parque Nacional Los Haitises, but since so few independent travelers make it to Sabana de la Mar, the closest entrance to the park, Las Terrenas has become a popular place…
Waterfall in Las Terrenas

Cascada El Limón

Tucked away in surprisingly rough landscape, surrounded by peaks covered in lush greenery, is the 52m-high El Limón waterfall. A beautiful swimming hole at the bottom can be a perfect spot to wash off the sweat and …
Fusion in Las Terrenas

Mi Corazon

Las Terrenas may feel like a Franco-Italian enclave, but it's a Swiss-German trio that offers one of the area's top dining experiences. Daniel, Lilo and Flo ensure your culinary ride here is a doozy: everything is m…
Seafood in Las Terrenas

Le Thalassa

New French owners Marc and Valerie, fresh from a stint in Polynesia, are consummate hosts at this made-over, longstanding Playa Ballenas choice for a romantic evening out. Valerie eloquently and evocatively describe…
International in Las Terrenas

Beach

The beach-club component of the Peninsula House hotel – open to nonguests as well – is a wonderful little plantation-style bungalow on a private lawn steps from Playa Cosón. A longstanding Dominican husband-and-wife…
Steak in Las Terrenas

El Lugar

Hands-on Belgian owner Bruno found a Las Terrenas niche: fulfilling carnivorous desires with juicy, rich burgers (go for the one with Reblochon cheese) and wood-fired steaks (both national and imported black Angus),…
Beach in Las Terrenas

Playa Bonita

A getaway from a getaway, the appropriately named Playa Bonita (Pretty Beach) is only a few kilometers west of Las Terrenas. It's not without imperfections – the half-moon-shaped beach is fairly steep and narrow, an…