Like Las Galeras, Las Terrenes is independent-traveler-friendly and a good place to hook up with fellow nomads.
Las Terrenas Dominican Republic
Las Terrenas in the Dominican Republic
Coordinates: 19°19′12″N 69°31′48″WCoordinates: 19°19′12″N 69°31′48″W
Country Dominican Republic
• Total 113.1 km2 (43.7 sq mi)
• Total 39,221
• Density 350/km2 (900/sq mi)
Distance to – Santo Domingo 225 km
Las Terrenas is a town in the Samaná province of the Dominican Republic.
Samana was a famous slave trade port for the British in the early 17th century. Today, the people of this province are a mix of Taino, Spanish and African descent. The name is derived from the French phrase “la terriene” (the landowner).
Las Terrenas is a new hotspot for foreigners and people from the Capital, Santo Domingo (SD). Since the completion of the new highway between Santo Domingo and Samaná, people from SD have started to come more frequently. The drive takes 2 hours from the center of Las Terrenas to the center of Santo Domingo. Also, the new airport El Catey is open for international flights, mainly used for connections to Europe and Canada. JetBlue started 2 flights a week non-stop from New York in 2012.
In the 2012 census, the town had a population of 10,865.
As of March 2012 the new highway portion between El Catey and Las Terrenas is also completed. In fact, all the roads are now asphalted.
Las Terrenas developed a new aqueduct which is ready and working as of 2013. Additionally, March 2012 saw a new fiber optic internet/tv/telephone system installed which has progressively improved communications and network connection.
Punta Popy Beach, Las Terrenas
The area of Coson just 2 miles from Las Terrenas is the new real estate Hotspot with four major projects finished, including: Playa Bonita Bay, Sublime Samana residences and resort (a Small Luxury Hotels of the World member), Bahia Estela and Colinas de Coson. The Peninsula House 5 Star Hotel is also located in Coson, and is recognized as one of the leading hotels in the world today.