Best Beaches in Las Terrenas

Best Beaches in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

We always make it a priority to find the most beautiful beaches on our travels to warmer climates and we think we’ve found the best beaches in Las Terrenas. We visited many beaches while staying in Las Terrenas. All of them are beautiful, with their vibe and appeal, with different things to do and see at each one. We found these two beaches to have the most to do. If you are interested in reading about two of the more secluded beaches in Las Terrenas, click here.

This blog post will explain what to expect; what there is to do and tips for each beach. Because we spent a great deal of time in Las Terrenas, this enabled us to determine the benefits and attractions at each beach.

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Playa del Portillo

Playa Del Portillo

Playa Del Portillo was the first beach we visited. We took the drive along the coast of Northern Dominican Republic near the town of Las Terrenas to Playa Del Portillo beach. We found the beach to be one of the most beautiful beaches on the island.

What can I expect?
It was not very crowded; the waters were clear and calm. One thing we noticed is this beach is perfect for families. There are condos and resorts right on the beach, and the water is very shallow, with little chance of rip currents for young children to get hurt.

How do I get there?
It’s a beautiful golden sand beach about 15 minutes east from the downtown area of Las Terrenas. Take a look at the video in this blog post to get specific driving directions on how to get there. Google Maps is not correct in the directions. They are about a mile off of where you need to be, which we explain in the video.

What is there to do?
It is an excellent place to snorkel because there is a lot of beautiful coral. There is kite surfing, SUP boarding, and good swimming as the waves are calm. We saw a guy with coconuts; he will break it open for you so that you could drink from it on the beach.

Where to hang out?
We sat on chairs outside of the Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo. I don’t think we were supposed to sit in the chairs, but it wasn’t very crowded, and the one security guard that came over didn’t seem to mind too much. We were there in January on a Friday, which is considered the high season and it wasn’t too busy.

I spoke to a man on the beach, and he told me there is a restaurant called Pronto, right on the beach that will let you sit in the beach chairs if you are ordering drinks or food.

If you go later in the day, you may want to use some bug spray on your lower legs when you walk through the sand as there are little mosquitoes. This doesn’t seem to become a big issue until around 4 pm. We walked on the beach around 5 pm (no bug spray), and we both came back with three or four bites.

Playa Del Portillo is a gorgeous golden sand beach, with crystal clear turquoise water. It is a bit cool at first, but after a couple of minutes, it’s comfortable. This beach was one of our favorites in Las Terrenas.

Las Ballenas Beach

One of the most beautiful beaches we have ever been to is Playa Las Ballenas Beach

Playa Las Ballenas

Playa Las Ballenas

Lush vegetation and coconut trees surround Playa Las Ballenas. It is a fun beach with beach bars and restaurants right on the shore. It was busier than the other beaches we visited, but that was what made it fun for people watching and talking with other visitors and locals.

How do I get there?
Playa Las Ballenas is about a 10-minute drive north from Las Terrenas, or it is walkable from downtown Las Terrenas. From the main road, you will turn left onto Caamano Deno Francisco Street, which goes along the ocean. This is a darling brick road that goes right along the beach, next to resorts, restaurants, and bars. Google GPS works well when trying to find this beach.

What can I expect?
The beach has quite a few bars on the beach, where you can order food and drinks. There is plenty of seating at the beach bars, with tables under the shade, and lounge chairs in the sun. It is a gorgeous beach lined with coconut trees and palm trees for shade.

We came across a shipwrecked boat, that has an interesting story. We met a couple who have lived here for the last 13 years. She told us a rich man had three boats built to be exact replicas of the Christopher Columbus ships, the Nina, Pinta, and the Santa Maria. Her old landlord bought one of the boats, and he kept it in Las Terrenas harbor for many years, using it as a rental for parties. When Hurricane Maria or Irma hit in 2017, it was shipwrecked and later towed to where it sits today, in front of his hotel and restaurant.

**TIP** Best place to rent watersports equipment is Las Terrenas Sailing Club at the end of the brick road.

What is there to do?
There is even a sailing school, called LT’Kite at the east end, which offers kitesurfing lessons and SUP board rentals. Las Terrenas Sailing Club is located at the end of the beach road next to Sol & Mar. You can rent paddle boards, kayaks, and sailboats for quite inexpensively. Some ladies have set up little huts for massages on the beach, and the cost was $20 for 1 hour. Great deal!!

I would highly recommend this area if you were to stay for a week or longer on vacation and you are looking for a resort atmosphere with everything at your fingertips. If you want to check out hotel prices in this area, click here for exceptional rates.  

This beach has now become my favorite all around beach in this area. It seems to cover all the bases; whether you are here with your family, friends, or as a couple, there is something to do for everyone. If you decide to stay here, you don’t need a car or motoconcho, as the beach, restaurants, and center of Las Terrenas are all within walking distance. It is simple to get a motoconcho ride into town, or many restaurants are in walking distance.

2 Traveling Lovers Article & Video links from the Dominican Republic

We spent a month traveling throughout the Dominican Republic.  If you’re interested in visiting the area, we hope you will find our articles and videos helpful.  All of our posts have a video included and we have additional videos on our YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel too so you won’t miss a video.

Below are a few articles and videos from our stay in the Dominican Republic:

Transportation in the Dominican Republic

A Night Out in Las Terrenas

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Samana Peninsula

Secluded Beaches in Las Terrenas

El Salto El Limón Waterfall in The Dominican Republic      

Cost Of Living For a Couple Living in The Dominican Republic

11 Top Restaurants on the Samana Peninsula

Great Places to Eat in Jaracoboa DR

2 Traveling Lovers Videos ONLY on YouTube

Going From Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas

Top Beach in the Dominican Republic – Playa Bonita

Night Out In Las Galeras – Samana peninsula

Playa Fronton Beach in Las Galeras- We found whales!!

Scooter Trip from Las Galeras back to Las Terrenas

Things To Do In Jarabacoa

These are areas in the Dominican Republic we have traveled to and we recommend staying in these areas based upon our personal experience.  Click on the town to be referred to the link to each town.

Las Terrenas      

Samana Peninsula  


Las Galeras



Closing Words

The Dominican Republic has been one of our favorites so far in our travel journey. We highly recommend, if you’re thinking of taking a vacation for a week or two that you check out the Las Terrenas area, and more importantly our blog posts and videos on different areas and beaches of the Dominican Republic. They will give you an excellent idea of what beach or area of Las Terrenas will fit your needs.

If you are interested in seeing our video, it’s on this blog post above. I hope you found our tips to be useful and you are excited to visit the beaches of Las Terrenas. We found these two beaches to have the most to do. If you are interested in reading about two of the more secluded beaches in Las Terrenas, click here.

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