A Beautiful Home But....
The house and location are as pictured and quite pleasant. The furnishings are modern and the kitchen well equipped. The beach only a two minute walk away is spectacular and one can walk or run on the beach for four miles (aproximately one mile in either direction, so a four mile loop). The nearby (i.e., walkable) restaurant at the Atlantis Hotel is fantastic (if expensive) and at Casa Grande is pleasant. We also enjoyed horsebackriding to El Limon (with Rancho Santi), Ziplining at Samana (with Bart), and a boat trip to the Haitises National Park. The Supermercado Lindo (ten minutes away by car) is well equipped for home renters including a good selection of wine.
I should, however, add a few caveats. We are a well-seasoned vacation rental family and have stayed at rental properties in Mexico, Costa Rica, Slovenia, St. Martin, St. Thomas and Hawaii among other places. Las Terrenas is at the extreme of the "adventurous" side of this range. We arrived to find our National Car rental reservation not honored and were conned into renting a private car with 100,000 plus miles, we saw attempted road blocks holding chains across the road in Sanchez extorting $ from cars that stopped, the roads other than the new highway are in abysmal shape with numerous huge potholes and single lane sections, the poverty is omnipresent even near or at the tourist sites of El Limon, Samana, the boat dock at Sanchez and the drive into Supermercado Lindo. The property manager warned us of police attempting to extort foreigners and to lock every door in the house when we ventured out even to the beach. We never experienced any problems but this is a far cry from Quintana Roo or the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica in terms of infrastructure and security.
We also had the misfortune to encounter bed bugs at the property (only in the bottom rear bedroom of the main house). The manager assured us that these would be treated but did not offer any compensation to account for the near full day of sanitary washing of all our clothes and belongings that we brought home and the need to buy pesticide to treat our suitcases and shoes.
A property at this price point could also offer a few more extras in terms of plush towels, more comfortable pillows, food staples (i.e., olive oil, herbs, ...), pool toys, chairs for the outdoor 2nd floor deck and the like. The place is a bit spartan.
In all a very good but not great rental not entirely the fauly of the house but partly so.
Helpful votes: 4/4
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