Las Terrenas is a small city in Samaná Province on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, notable for its miles and miles of beautiful, golden sand public beaches, combining a modest but full-service tourist infrastructure with an authentic Dominican town. It's also a jumping-off point for the nearby Limón Waterfall, popular for hiking and as a freshwater swimming hole.
Located on the once-remote Samaná Peninsula in the Dominican Republic's far northeast, Las Terrenas doesn't is a bit of a latecomer to the country's beach tourism scene. Before the Santo Domingo-Samaná highway was completed in 2012, what's now a 2-hour drive from the capital used to take 6 hours, and in earlier Dominican history there was no way to get here by road at all. That said, Las Terrenas now has a booming tourism scene, with the high season running roughly from December to March. There's little an average tourist would find lacking in terms of shopping or services, but unlike the famous all-inclusive beach resort experiences of Punta Cana, the main draw here is mid-range hotels and cottages across the street from the beach, and plenty of opportunities to mix with the locals (as well as tourists from elsewhere in the Dominican Republic).
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