Once a rustic fishing village, Las Terrenas is now a cosmopolitan town and seems as much French (approaching a colony) and Italian as Dominican. The balancing act between locals and expats has produced a lively mix of styles and a social scene more vibrant than that anywhere else on the peninsula. Walking in either direction along the beach road leads to a beachfront scattered with hotels, tall palm trees and calm, aquamarine waters.
Las Terrenas is well suited to independent travelers and a good place to hook up with fellow nomads.
These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Las Terrenas.