Here´s why in Las Terrenas you will find the absolute best real estate values in the Caribbean you have ever seen. With an established infrastructure of everything you need or want.
Since some time a new road has made Las Terrenas easy accessible to the capital, Santa Domingo. Flights are coming to the nearby El Catey airport from the USA, Canada and Europe. Go back a couple of years and Las Terrenas was difficult to get to. In particular the final stretch. This was was a steep climb into the hills, on a curving, narrow, badly lit road. There were no barriers. The steep drop down to the bay made for a jaw dropping view but a slow drive.
The new highway cuts out the mountain route. It also cuts the drive time from Santo Domingo to an hour and 45 minutes. Nowadays Las Terrenas and the Samana peninsula is easy to get to from international airport Las Americas.
This area feels like its own separate piece of paradise floating off the main island. But because it is attached to the Dominican Republic you don’t have the downsides of living on a smaller Caribbean island. In Las Terrenas you have everything you need. And you don’t pay “island” prices.
Development has been tightly restricted. There’s no high rise. Outside of town there’s a couple of larger hotels. That’s it. Everything else is boutique-style. And it will stay that way. Here, they absolutely don’t want to go down the mass-market road. The Government, the expats and the locals don’t want it. They want boutique development that will keep Las Terrenas as it is. Idyllic, charming, the real Caribbean.