Las Terrenas: A Beauty by the Sea
Things have changed...
Imagine a place that, in 1975, didn’t have a drivable road to reach it. No grocery stores, just street marchants, no gasoline stations and cars, just horses, no electricity, just candles, no telephones, just people yelling... At that time, Las Terrenas was like many other villages bordering the North coast of the Dominican Republic. Small and significant only to its inhabitants. There were no indications at all that the town was a part of the modern world. And it wasn't the case.
Over the years, people came to discover this unaccessible village. Locals trading with Dominicans from bigger cities such as San Francisco de Macoris and Santiago de Los Caballeros. Foreigners, adventurers of the Caribbean, usually passionates travelling on their boat also discovered this hidden gem. Stopping for a day, staying for a month, living a year... That is the unshakable magic of this place.
Today, Las Terrenas is connected to a new highway allowing people arriving in Santo Domingo and Santa Bárbara de Samaná to drive faster and safer to reach this once small and ordinary fisherman village.
Things are getting more busy over here, Samaná El Catey International Airport welcomes flights from Europe and Canada. And if you come from Santo Domingo, 2 hours by car will be enough to reach our shore. In March 2012, the town received a brand new fiber optic Internet/TV/telephone system making our jobs and life easier. Most of us here cannot denny it, even though we enjoy being disconnect from the business of the big cities we used to live in, having news from family and the rest of the world is practical.
A new aqueduct delivers fresh water to the town. Which, please don't forget, you cannot drink it. Only for cleaning...
Las Terrenas has a population of about 39,000 people. But this number really means nothing. The last population count available was made in 2012. The locals are often farmers or fishermen, and more recently converted to work in the hospitality industry. As the economy has migrated from the agrarian culture to a tourism culture, many of the old fisherman’s shack have been converted to restaurants and cafes.
At least once a week I go to one of these "chiringuitos" to eat always fresh and definitively typical food. I like to show this unique place to my clients, go there alone or with my girlfriend... There you find many dishes prepared by locals, I called them "mamas" which means mothers. I do have a favourite one, her name is Dulce and, on top of serving the tastiest food, she has the most soothing smile of them all. If you happen come here, I recommend the "Ceviche" fresh raw fish cured in lemon, "Pescado al Coco" fish with coco sauce with a portion of "Tostones" (fried plantains) and a cold local beer "Presidente". And don't forget to take off your shoes! And give me a call, I am always around +1.829 668 4180.
The beauty of Las Terrenas
Located on a peninsula off of the Dominican Republic, Las Terrenas is everything that a Caribbean town can be expected to be, except expensive. With miles of the pristine sandy beaches, this is a place where cultures mix to create wonderful home.
Brightly colored homes are the residences of young Bohemians, growing families, established businesspeople, and retirees. The cost of living, the inexpensive housing, and the amazing natural environment make it an ideal place to buy a house.
In Las Terrenas, the modern world is only in as far as you need it to be really enjoy it, but not so much that you will be forced to deal with the stresses.
One of the best parts of Las Terrenas, which sets it apart from many other towns and towns in the Caribbean, is that there is not a huge resort industry here. It’s still a small town that is taking its time growing, instead of being a small town burdened with massive resorts. This is no Punta Cana my friend... We have only 3 main all inclusive in the area.
Located in the province of Samaná, the area is well known as a wonderful, safe, and nearly pristine natural environment to live in. White sand beaches, mountain trails, and crystal clear waters make this a perfect place to enjoy the beauty of the Caribbean without the bustle of large resort towns.
The largest industry in the city is tourism. There are restaurants and bars, local shops and hotels. One of our favourite place to
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