Top 10 Things to Do In Las Terrenas


  1. Walk to town for breakfast at the authentic Boulangerie Francaise, open seven days a week and a favorite meeting place for local expats and tourists.
  2. Watch a game of petanque on the beach just before sunset at Place des Lices. Retired Frenchmen meet here each evening to play on the sand for a couple of hours before the light fades entirely. When the sun goes down, they transition from petanque to white wine.
  3. Take a surf lesson at the Carolina Surf School on Playa Bonita. For $60, you can have an hour-long lesson from an enthusiastic and expert surfing coach. The school is run by Carolina Gutiérrez, a surfer who scored her first sponsorship at age 16 and was the 2004 DR Sportsperson of the Year. Classes are offered year-round.
  4. Have lunch at Atlantis, also at Playa Bonita, where the French chef was once the private chef for former French President Mitterand.
  5. See how Dominican Republic cigars are made by hand at Mundo Puro on Calle Principale.
  6. Watch the whales. This is the season (January through March). The three- to four-hour boat trip to Samana Bay with marine mammal expert Kim Beddell includes hydrophone so you can hear the whale song. If you do not see whales your next trip is free. Cost is $59 for adults $30 for children.
  7. Buy a piece of local art. Brightly colored impressions and representations of Dominican life are available around town. You can buy a piece of low-end factory street art for as little as $25. Prices are negotiable. Offer as little as 30 percent of the asking price to start.
  8. Go for happy hour at the Lazy Dog, where you can sit right on the sand with the sea just feet away. Try the calamari and fried shrimp with your rum cocktail.
  9. Take a long walk on the beach, read a book, swing in a hammock or indulge in any other traditional pastime for this part of the world. This is quintessential Caribbean, with the best beaches in the DR and some of the best in the world.
  10. Go kite surfing. The kite-surfing school LTK’iTE offers both introductory and advanced courses December through September (when the winds cooperate best). A two-hour beginner class is $110.

Credit to Kathleen Peddicord Publisher, Live and Invest Overseas


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