About this listing
Our cool and comfortable two bed apartment in colonial style has a true vacation feeling. It easily fits up to four persons and is walking distance from beach, town and restaurants. Enjoy the gourmet kitchen, hammock and easy access to everything.
I'd like to invite you to spend some time at my beautiful beach-side retreat, Casa Playa Marina.
Since you're already looking for a place to stay, I'll assume you've decided to visit Las Terrenas. And why not? It's spectacular!
I've traveled all over the Dominican Republic, and so far nothing comes close to the Samana Peninsula.
From my spacious 2-bedroom residence you'll be able to:
- Walk out the front door and onto one of the unforgettable beaches Las Terrenas has to offer (Punta Popy is my front yard, and Playa Las Ballenas, Playa Bonita, and Playa Coson are all just around the corner)
- Stroll 4 minutes into the center of town to visit the fresh fish market, pick up locally grown produce, peruse an art gallery, or join a local excursion
- Enjoy the Las Terrenas nightlife including restaurants, bars, and old-fashioned corner stores without the need for a rental car
- Sleep in the privacy of a tranquil residence with long-term tenants, full-time handy man, and beautiful garden instead of a noisy, impersonal hotel
Casa Playa Marina has everything you could desire to comfortably accommodate anyone from single travelers to groups of 5.
The residence includes:
- 2 bedrooms with queen-sized beds
- 2 full bathrooms (one in the master suite and one full guest bathroom)
- Hot water
- Front porch with a large outdoor seating area and a spectacular ocean view
- Back porch with a writing desk and a hand-made hammock imported from Mexico overlooking private backyard garden
- Private parking
- Fully-stocked kitchen with many useful additions including french press, coffee grinder, wok, high-end knives, blender, automatic wine opener, electric kettle, and an impressive array of spices
- Ceiling fans in each room (I don't have air conditioning and I don't miss it- the ocean breeze maintains a perfect temperature, even during the summer months)
- Washer and dryer
- Beautifully furnished and decorated with a French Caribbean touch
- Fresh linens and towels provided
- Clean drinking water included
Although you'll be just a 4-minute walk to the center of town, the residence is like a private enclave on the beach. You can literally walk next door to one of the finest Italian restaurants in town, or have your own dinner party on the front porch with fresh lobster at $4 a pound.
My neighbors are quiet, respectful, and friendly people. Your only disruption will be a warm hello if you run into them in the garden.
Casa Playa Marina is completely unique- it's the only long-term residence along Las Terrenas's premium beach-front drive amongst the high-end hotels and restaurants that surround it.
For far less than the price of a hotel in the same neighborhood, you get full use of this beautiful home and everything it has to offer.
I look forward to welcoming you soon!
No smoking in the apartment please, you're welcome to use either the front or the back porch.
You'll find a fully stocked kitchen and pantry when you arrive. Please feel free to use anything you find, and simply replace it before you leave.
No unregistered overnight guests are allowed.
Great place! We absolutely loved the apartment and Las Terrenas. The apartment is quite spacious and very comfortable. It had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The only additions that would make it better would be a toaster and microwave. The Many excellent restaurants nearby serve large portions and it would have been much easier to heat them in a microwave. The lication of the apartment is great!
Helena was very friendly and helpful. She provided some excellent suggestions verbally and the written guide she provided was of great use.
We would definitely stay here again when we return to Las Terrenas - hopefully for one month next time!
Coordinating our visit to Las Terrenas with Brian and Helena was a breeze. Our questions were answered promptly and completely. It was great to meet Helena when we arrived and having Patricia meet us at the airport was a treat as well. She gave us a little unofficial tour around town before dropping us off at the apartment and gave us tips on where to eat and places to visit.
We were treated so well and had such a great vacation I hesitate to be negative in any way, but, as was mentioned in an earlier review, the apartment could use a bit of freshening up. It’s tough to battle humidity in this part of the world, so you can expect its effect on wood and metal, but a fresh coat of paint and maybe some upgraded fixtures would make the apartment feel as welcoming as the people we met. We know our way around a kitchen, so were easily able to work around the absence of a microwave or toaster. We had packed expecting there to be a working washer and dryer, so it was a little disappointing that it wasn’t working, but it wasn’t a game-breaker. If you’re ok with staying at a cottage, you should be ok with this. The main negative is the noise from motorcycles, scooters, 4-wheel ATVs, cars, trucks and the associated horn-honking. It is non-stop, all day. It calms down at night, though. If you spend your days out doing things - like we did - it’s not that bad. Besides, you’re right at the ocean and on the edge of town - that’s where things are happening.
500 words isn't enough for everything I've written about our excursions to see the whales in Samana Bay, the caves and birds at Los Haitises National Park, the beaches, the food, the vibrant life in town, the art, the fish market, etc., so this will have to do, I suppose.
Overall, we had a great time. Sure, nothing’s ever perfect on a trip, but you have to be adaptable and make the best of things. There weren’t enough negatives to even come close to ruining our trip (which included my wife, me and our 21 year-old son, on a rare family vacation together). We’d go back to Las Terrenas, for sure.
Nous avons été extrêmement bien accueillis et guidés par Helena avant notre arrivée et pendant notre séjour. Elle a toujours été disponible pour nous et a répondu instantanément à chacune de nos demandes.
Helena à participé a rendre notre séjour très agréable.
Cependant, nous avons été déçus par le logement lui même. Il est propre mais assez vétuste. Un rafraîchissement des sanitaires et de la décoration nous semble nécessaire.
(Tuyau de douche cassé, robinetterie très encrassée et entartrée).
Il n y a pas de fauteuils sur la terrasse, juste quatre chaises très inconfortables, c est dommage dans un pays chaud...il est à préciser que la machine à laver le linge date d' un autre temps pour nous européens et que la cuisine ne dispose pas de four à micro ondes et est équipée d'une batterie de cuisine antédiluvienne.
Wow - amazing place! Exactly as Brian described it! His friends Helena and Dominic who were helping out were amazing as were his employees. We had a plumbing problem on Christmas Day (these things do happen!) and they sent over the plumbers immediately as well as coming themselves. They helped us plan our trip and gave us some local contacts which is so critical in a country like the Dominican Republic. I must have asked a million questions and they answered them all patiently. They even invited us to visit their beautiful mountain home. I strongly recommend this to anyone who wants to visit this area.
We had a great time in Las Terrenas. Our hosts were very kind and responsive. The apartment was clean and comfortable.
This apartment is perfectly located-- literally across from a beautiful beach and down the street from local restaurants and bars. It had everything we could ask for and Brian's very helpful list of suggestions of restaurants and things to do helped us explore places we would've never found on our own. Staying at this apartment and exploring Las Terrenas/Samana was our favorite part of our trip through the DR! Highly recommend!
Great place, perfect location across from the beach and short walk to town. Brian was a perfect host, there to meet us and answer any questions and offer suggestions. Loved the stay and would love to go back.
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