Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic | Travel Guide

Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic is my top pick for an inexpensive hidden hideaway in the Caribbean.

Beach Hopping and Travel Guide for Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

Are you looking for a tropical island beach town with small town charm and international flair?

Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic is my top pick for an inexpensive hidden hideaway in the Caribbean.

Playa Bonita Las Terrenas Dominican Republic
Playa Bonita Las Terrenas Dominican Republic
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Humacao Natural Reserve | Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, Fishing Activities in Puerto Rico

The Humacao Natural Reserve is located on the East Coast of Puerto Rico mid-way on the island near the community of Palmas del Mar.  Behind the small unassuming entrance awaits big adventure exploring the lagoons, swamps, and wetlands. 

Humacao Natural Reserve
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Beach getaway in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico

Outside of San Juan, just a few minutes from the Airport, is beautiful Isla Verde district of Carolina, Puerto Rico.  Close enough to Old San Juan for the tourists, convenient for business in San Juan city center, and perched on the northern coast beach.  We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott, but any of the beach front hotels in Isla Verde or Condado are a good choice.  The area is a popular destination for business conventions, family vacations, and weekend getaways from the Mainland South and East Coast cities.

Isla Verde and Condado, Puerto Rico
Isla Verde and Condado, Puerto Rico

A rental car is not necessary, but Enterprise rental car is down the block for any island adventures outside of San Juan.

Beach gazebos
Beach gazebos

The beaches are clean with perfect temperature water year round.  All beaches are open to the public and there are many beach gazebos and facilities.

Unlike many islands in the Caribbean, we did not see any vendors on the beach. It was pleasant not to be disturbed by t-shirt sellers and various hawkers.

Each of the resorts offer beach chairs and umbrellas to guests.  There are jet ski rentals and surf schools all along the beach.

Isla Verde Courtyard Marriott
Isla Verde Courtyard Marriott pools and beach front

Isla Verde offers plenty of delicious, local restaurants walking distance from the beach.

Can-Can pork chop from Platos
Can-Can pork chop from Platos

After extensive research, I am happy to report that Platos Restaurant serves excellent pork and the best Pina Colada in San Juan (even better than Barrachina – home of the Pina Colada!).  Other local restaurants worth eating at are Piu Bella, Metropol, and Las Canarias Bakery (24 hour bakery, serving sandwiches & breakfast).

My favorite spot to read
My favorite spot to read