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 edge of Hispaniola. You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you are staying in the vicinity. Travelers looking for a spot that's a little out of the way, but still active, may really like a visit to Las Ballenas. It's a little bit removed from the Dominican Republic's urban areas, but it's not dead and empty either.

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, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

Since Las Ballenas is of course located within a major tourist area, you might need to hunt to get a spot!

What's Nearby


This spot is on the North East coast of Hispaniola. Guests might consider staying at the Hotel Alisei, which can be found a few hundred yards to the east, making it one of the closest hotels accessible from Las Ballenas, despite the fact that there aren't many other popular spots in the region.

Historical attractions like Parroquia de Samana offer 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 stray too far from the beach. In fact, this shore is 16 and a half miles from this historical destination.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

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 closest section of Hispaniola to Las Ballenas is Las Terrenas. This area in the Dominican Republic is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how full the nearby hotels are. You can generally expect to see a fair amount of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Beach-goers hoping to find a place to stay near the beach shouldn't find it that difficult, as there are plenty of resorts and hotels to choose from in the area. Find the closest lodging options by viewing those listed 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
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 1.2 mi. E Hotel
Peninsula House 1.3 mi. ESE B & B
Casa Grande Hotel 1.6 mi. SW Guest house


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to eat at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to dive into the Dominican Republic's specialty dishes, without having to go far. One of the closest places to eat is Baraonda Restaurant. The restaurant has both Fusion and Mediterranean cuisines. Many guests rave about their pasta. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's just a short distance away.

The following table provides a list of restaurants closest to 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 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
La Yuca Caliente (809) 240-6634 -- -- 0.7 mi. ESE

Other Beaches

Vacationers who are looking for the ideal beach will have plenty of other choices on Hispaniola besides Las Ballenas.

Travelers may also want to consider Las Terrenas, another great beach choice in the Dominican Republic.

Perhaps Las Ballenas is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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