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.

Situated in the Samana Peninsula, northwest of Las Terrenas, Las Ballenas is on the North East coast of Hispaniola. You might think about stopping by whether or not you are staying very close. Though travel usually involves making dozens of little decisions, choosing the right beach can make all the difference. You will find that beaches like Las Ballenas are some of the best options in the Dominican Republic.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

Be mindful that Las Ballenas's location is highly urbanized, so plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


Las Ballenas is on the North East coast of Hispaniola. Nearby accommodations include the Hotel Alisei, which is a few hundred yards to the east, making it perhaps the closest hotel reachable from Las Ballenas, despite the lack of other attractions in the vicinity.

Historical attractions such as Parroquia de Samana offer a nice compliment to a soothing day at Las Ballenas, and provide beachgoers with the opportunity to learn about the Dominican Republic's past. Actually, this shoreline is within taxi range of this place of historical significance.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run low on things to do. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Las Ballenas
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
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
Museo De La Naturaleza Museum 20.9 SE Hispaniola

Cities and Towns

The nearest region on Hispaniola to Las Ballenas is Las Terrenas. This region of the Dominican Republic is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Beach-goers looking for a place to stay close to the beach shouldn't find it that tough, as there is no shortage of resorts and hotels to pick from nearby. Find the closest lodging options by viewing those shown below.

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
Casa Robinson 0.9 mi. ESE Villa complex
Casas Del Mar Neptunia 0.9 mi. E Villa complex
Garden Hotel Lomita Maravilla 0.9 mi. SE Hotel
Aligio Apart-Hotel & Spa 0.9 mi. SW Resort
Bahia Estela 1.0 mi. E Hotel
Hotel Casa Nina 1.1 mi. E Hotel


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to enjoy a meal at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to try foods you've never heard of before, within just a few miles of this shoreline. One of the nearest places to eat is Baraonda Restaurant. This restaurant serves both Fusion and Mediterranean cuisines. They also specialize in pasta. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's just a short distance away.

The following table lists dining options near this beach.

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
El Cayuco (809) 240-6885 Spanish Very Casual 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
Tres Lunas (829) 401-0935 Creole Informal 0.5 mi. ESE
La Yuca Caliente (809) 240-6634 -- -- 0.7 mi. ESE
Pizza Coco -- Italian Very Casual 0.8 mi. ESE
Restaurante Los Pinos (809) 931-4533 International Informal 0.9 mi. E

Other Beaches

There are other beaches on Hispaniola you might like besides Las Ballenas.

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

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in the Dominican Republic; then again, Las Ballenas is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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