By the time we reached Las Terrenas, after traveling around Hispaniola island for several weeks, we felt like having some relaxation at the beach. In Las Terrenas, we found the right place to do so. A charming hotel with two-storey houses at the entrance of the town proved a good base to explore the surroundings and visit nearby places. It was a mere 50 metre walk to the beach of Las Terrenas. Even though the coastline here has several bays, the beach just continues a long way along the coast. This makes it very easy to find a quiet spot if you want so: you just walk until you find an empty stretch of sand. The beach of Las Terrenas is very beautiful: soft, almost white sand, plenty of space to lie down, and palm trees are just behind the beach.
On the northern side of the Samaná peninsula, Las Terrenas is quite easily reached. We got there after crossing the mountain range of the peninsula with some great views of the coastline. As you dip in the shallow water, looking back to the coast reveals green hills as a perfect tropical backdrop. The water is very clear and almost transparent, and since the force of the sea is broken long before waves reach the beach, there are no real waves in the surf, making for a relaxed entrance in the water. The town itself is totally accomodated to visitors, many of which are Dominican, with restaurant after restaurant, mostly right on the beach.
Sitting on the beach or at one of the restaurants on the beach, you are in the best position to watch sunsets colouring the sky pink and red before dipping the surroundings in darkness. The only pity of Las Terrenas is that many people go around on quads, noisy scooter-like vehicle with 4 wheels. They seem to be everywhere, and almost never stop circulating, giving a nasty noise to the otherwise quiet streets of this former fishing village. One of the activities to be done here is, obviously, scuba diving, and with some spectacular underwater caves and tunnels, this is one of the exciting things you can do when you are done lazing on the beach.
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