Las Ballenas

Playa Las Ballenas means The Whale Beach, and was so named for the two whale-shaped rocks that can be seen from the shore. The beach itself is located in the center of the town of Las Terrenas, set at a point where a river dumps into the sea.

Positioned in the Samana Peninsula, northwest of Las Terrenas, Las Ballenas is on the North East coast of Hispaniola. You should think about stopping by whether or not you're staying particularly close by. Beachgoers tend to want a compromise between fun and relaxation, and Las Ballenas offers that middle ground. It's a spot that doesn't usually get packed with beachgoers, even though its not far from some of the Dominican Republic's best hotspots.

How to Access The Beach

Los Ballenas can be found at the junction of Fransisco Alberto Caamano Deno and Avenida Los Corales.

Amenities and Ambiance

Playa Las Ballenas stretches along the shore for about a mile and a half. The shore features tan colored sand and is lined with coconut palms, while the sea ranges in blues from aqua to navy.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

Since Las Ballenas can be found inside an area popular among tourist, you might want consider the time when you plan your visit.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the North East coast of Hispaniola. Guests might consider staying at the Hotel Alisei, which can be found pretty close-by. Visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab to this hotel, one of the most conveniently located lodging options near Las Ballenas, despite the fact that there aren't many other nearby places of interest.

Historical attractions such as Parroquia de Samana provide a great compliment to the natural beauty of Las Ballenas, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about the Dominican Republic, without having to venture too far from the coast. As a matter of fact, this shoreline is 16 and a half miles to the southeast of this interesting historical site.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run low on things to do. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Las Ballenas
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Baseball Stadium Sporting Event Venue 15.4 SE Hispaniola
Whale Museum Of Samana Museum 16.2 SE Hispaniola
Parroquia de Samana Historical Site 16.3 SE Hispaniola
St. Peter's Church Historical Site 16.3 SE Hispaniola
Shipwreck Maritime Museum Museum 16.5 SE Hispaniola

Cities and Towns

The nearest part on Hispaniola to Las Ballenas is Las Terrenas. Las Terrenas is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Since this beach is in a pretty touristed area, it typically isn't a great challenge to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you are hoping to get a place that's near the ocean, the table below shows the closest options to Las Ballenas.

Accommodations near Las Ballenas
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hotel Alisei 0.2 mi. E Hotel
Coco Plaza Hotel -- -- Hotel
Hotel Cacao Beach 0.2 mi. SE Resort
Hotel Tropic Banana 0.3 mi. ESE Hotel
Garden Hotel Lomita Maravilla 0.9 mi. SE Hotel
Aligio Apart-Hotel 0.9 mi. SW Resort
Bahia Estela 1.0 mi. E Hotel
Hotel Casa Nina 1.2 mi. E Hotel
Peninsula House 1.3 mi. ESE B & B
Casa Grande Hotel 1.6 mi. SW Guest house


If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the closest places to eat is Baraonda Restaurant. The restaurant serves both Fusion and Mediterranean menu items. They're also renowned for their pasta. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's just a little ways away.

The following table lists nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Las Ballenas
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Baraonda Restaurant (809) 240-5555 Fusion, Mediterranean Informal 0.0 mi. SE
Le Thalassa -- -- -- 0.2 mi. E
Colonial Risto and Lounge (809) 974-3920 Italian Informal 0.5 mi. ESE
El Cayuco (809) 240-6885 Spanish Very Casual 0.5 mi. ESE
La Salsa (829) 719-8060 Caribbean Informal 0.5 mi. ESE
La Terrasse (809) 240-6730 French, Mediterranean Informal 0.5 mi. ESE
El Pescador (809) 240-6202 American Very Casual 0.5 mi. ESE
Gaia Sushi (809) 914-1023 Japanese Informal 0.5 mi. ESE
La Vita e Bella (829) 686-6318 Italian Informal 0.5 mi. ESE
One Love Surf Shack (849) 655-9549 American Very Casual 0.5 mi. ESE
Pizza Playa (809) 240-6399 Italian Very Casual 0.5 mi. ESE
Tres Lunas (829) 401-0935 Creole Informal 0.5 mi. ESE

Other Beaches

Visitors searching for the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Las Ballenas.

Another location you may want to try is Las Terrenas, another great Dominican Republic beach site.

There's plenty to see and do in the Dominican Republic, and dropping by Las Ballenas is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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