Casa Phil & Las Terrenas for your next vacation?
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Las Terrenas is truly an active person’s dream. From snorkeling in the ocean to running on the beach to exploring waterfalls, this small seaside town has everything to offer with minimal crowds.
If you have your own gear, try snorkeling at Punta Popy or Playa Las Ballenas: you may also rent snorkeling gear at Turtle Dive Center. Or make a day trip to Las Galleras for some of the best snorkeling on the Samana Peninsula. For those more adventurous in the deep-seas, scuba diving is available through a few of the local outfitters. Boat day trips to Los Haiteses National Park are also available, where you see Taino cave paintings or relish in the pristine beauty of Samana.
Love paddle boarding? Rent a board at Punta Popy for beginners or Playa Bonita if you want to hang ten on a wave. Windsurfing is also available at Playa Bonita. For kitesurfing, head ten minutes of town to Portillo, where local kite surfing companies will give you lessons or for those with more experience, you can rent a kite.
Spend the day sailing from Punta Popy to Playa Las Ballenas, picking up your rig at Coco Beach. Try surfing the local breaks at Playa Coson or Playa Bonita. Both beaches have surf boards and lessons available. Take a break from the water at famed restaurant Luis, where the service might be slow, but the view and food makes up for it.
Want to work on your body but not as into water sports? Stop by local cultural center Camelot, where you can drop in on Pilates, Yoga or even Aquagym classes.
If you are into dance, Las Terrenas has multiple dance schools that offer private and group classes in Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Sevillan or even Belly Dance. Many schools will host animacion nights at local bars, so check out the talent beforehand or score a few pointers beforehand.
Check out the Limon Waterfall or head further down the peninsula to go ziplining at El Valle at the longest zipline in the Caribbean. If you are on vacation in the wintertime, do not miss the whale watching in Bahia de Samana.
Food and Nightlife
Built in the traditional Caribbean fashion of bright colors and simple structures, this “fishing village” is perhaps the biggest game changer in the past two years of Las Terrenas nightlife and restaurants. With over 10 distinct restaurants and bars that are connected, guests can jump from laid-back American flare One Love restaurant to pizza at La Vita E’ Bella, topping their night off at one of the three bars that offer everything from Latin music to European minimal techno like the unmissable Replay with Nicholas & Enzo. A staple of Las Terrenas nightlife, a recent Saturday night at Pueblo De Los Pescadores included DJ Shortcut, flown in from Canada.
Amazing Spanish tapas restaurant located in the center of town. Their paella is amazing and they can even come at your home and cook it in front of you.
A cozy interior with beachfront seating available, this Italian has clean, simple dishes and amazing seafood. You can’t miss it during your stay at Las Terrenas and defenitely worth the visit to try the famous ‘Risotto Tre Caravelle’.
Located a stone’s throw from the beach, El Lugar offers a chic vibe, vibrant cocktails and an extensive meat menu, in addition to excellent seafood.
The only Argentine food in town, this low-key empanada stand is open for happy hour or dinner. Seating and tables are available. Feel free to browse local store Que Baina while waiting, their home items and jewelry are a notch above the other tourist spots in town.
Last but not least, Spoon Beach & Sol y Mar are the 2 european beach bar/restaurants that are a couple of minutes walk away from Casa Phil they both offer refined cuisine in an eleganty environment on the beach. Care for sipping your coffee after lunch or dinner on a lounge chair on the beach?