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Las Terrenas Beaches
A Personal Story by Charles Fernandez
 
   
El Portillo Beach
     

Las Terrenas is a lovely little town with good accomodations in the north-western side of the Samana Peninsula, right in the middle of some of the best known Dominican Beaches, 15 miles of tropical paradise, easy to enjoy, and with many interesting daily excursions available. Since the new highway is done, It takes just 2 hours to reach Las Terrenas from downtown Santo Domingo.

The ideal vehicle to get about the pensisular is always one with four wheel drive.

You can find in our guide detailed reports on the Limon Falls , Playa Rincon, The Whale passage, and Cayo Levantado, and the following alternative options :

Las Terrenas beach is easy to walk and lovely toward east, forming many little bays until El Portillo beach.

If you wish to continue in this direction you’d better take the car and follow the path that runs parallel to the coast. You’ll find other beautiful spots to swim.

One nice and easy choice is to take a moto-taxi until the Portillo beach and come back alternating walking and swimming in the clear waters of the small bays that you will encounter. You’ll spend a wonderful morning.

Playa Coson is only 6 miles out from Las Terrenas to the west about half an hour.

There’s only one road to Playa Bonita that continues on to Playa Coson, you can’t miss it.

     
 
Playa Bonita
 
Playa Coson
     

The beach is long, lonely, and unspoiled but not sheltered; more suitable for walking, kite and wind surfing than for swimming. Several building lots are available for your future holiday’s home. Beautiful creeks descend to the sea forming fresh water’s pools.

Food and drink are not easily accessible, so take suitable provisions along with you.

The wonderful Playa Moron is reachable from Las Terrenas in 40 minutes: 20 to reach the Limon pueblo and 20 more upon an unpaved road in poor bad condition but charming as it is surrounded by tropical vegetation.

The sandy beach is surrounded by palm trees and tended only by local horses.

PLAYA MORON IS A FANTASTIC SPOT, LONELY, LIKE AN ENGLISH MEADOW DEGRADING PRACTICALLY TO THE SAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PALM TREES.

THE GARDENERS ARE NATURAL ( HORSES ) PERFECT FOR A SOCCER MATCH AMONG THE PALMS.

   
 
Playa Moron
Playa Moron
     

Just off shore lays Cayo Limon, unfortunately there are no boats to get there The beach is about 1/ 2 mile long , the eastern part is rocky, sheltered and calm. An ancient Spanish gun is buried here in the sand. From the bluffs, you’ll discover a natural salt water pool with amazing colors, but beware its hard and dangerous to get down to it.

Take everything you need from home and enjoy this little spot of paradise.

At Playa El Valle Santa Barbara de Samana turn to the left ( there is a sign). In about half an hour on an unpaved rustic road full of obstacles and holes you’ll come to a ford at the San Juan River. It was a food deep when we crossed it but can be much more after a rain.

     
 
Playa el Valle
San Juan River
 

The “Lulu Falls” can be found with a 10 minutes walk but the falls are not a lulu in fact not really special at all.

Continuing onward to the beach which can be more crowded than the others.

Organized tours take tourists from the big cruising ships anchored in the Samana Bay.

There is a fishing village with restaurants and shops.

The sea enters powerfully creating potentially dangerous whirlpools.

The western part, where the San Juan River flows into is the ocean is quiet affording a nice swim in the river with mixture of salt and fresh water.

 
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