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CARIBBEAN VILLA in QUIET tropical parc. Good WiFi & Internet. 24h security.

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Foyer, 1 bedroom, 1 full and 1 1/2 bath room, 2 roofed terrasses.

FREE WiFi, best internet in the Dominican Republic!

NETFLIX available for our guests.

ATTENTION! Power cuts in the Dominican Republic are common.

Most of the houses offered on the internet don't have a generator so you end up with candles in case of a power cut.

Our house is equipped with an inversor so you will always have light, internet etc. In case of a power cut.

The property is totally walled for your privacy.

Budget romantic vacation Heming way style villa, in a gated community 24h security,with 1184 sq. ft. (110m2 ) living space, including 2 roofed terraces.

The house has a outside rainshower overlooking the botanical garden with hot and cold water at the back yard patio with roofed terras.

Your private parking place in front of house inside the gated community.

This white Caribbean-style house with one bedroom (with SIMMONS top quality mattress) and one and one and a half bathroom boasts high ceilings and lush tropical gardens with gorgeous views of palm tree-covered hills.

Casa Tropical is located just one minute from the many restaurants, nightlife and shops of the village center in a Quiet, walled, five-acre (20,000m2) oasis of 20 homes with private security guard. The villas is less than a mile (900 m) walk to the beach, or just take a 50 cent (US) ride on a motoconcho (motor taxi). No car is needed!

The French-Creole style house is tastefully furnished with an all-white kitchen, comfortable cushioned seating areas, tiled bathroom and outdoor rain-shower with Hot and cold water.

Enjoy your private gardens with palm trees, tropical flowers and backyard botanical garden patio with dining table and chairs.

About the Samana Peninsula:

The Samana Peninsula, considered by many to be the most beautiful part of the Dominican Republic boasts unspoiled white and gold sand beaches with crystal clear turquoise water, breathtaking waterfalls, caves with Taino-Indian drawings combined with lush mountains studded with coconut trees.

Whale-watching excursions are offered between mid-January and mid-March.

Must Sees: Parque National de Los Haitises (Indian-caves with drawings) and the El Limon Parque National Waterfalls.

About Las Terrenas: With over 15 miles of deserted, turquoise water beaches, 'Time' magazine has described Las Terrenas as having one of the last, long stretches of undeveloped beach in the Caribbean. The balmy climate with its ever-present trade winds and the warm temperature of the sub-tropical Atlantic Ocean combine this part of the island with year-round, delightful weather with only a few degrees difference in temperature between winter and summer. Las Terrenas is both a small fisherman village and it is also a vibrant cosmopolitan beach town with over 200 restaurants, many of witch are owned by French or Italian permanent residents and located along the beachfront and in the center of the village.There are two modern super markets and a lot of local shops only a few steps from Casa Tropical. 5 banks with ATM,s exciting nightclubs and unique gift stores with quality handicrafts etc within walking distance. Watch the color full Kite Boards or go diving, snorkeling, mountain biking or horseback riding.

About Casa Tropical (and the owner): Yanis is a mathematician and her husband Pablo Paul an Art Historian who traveled through , Africa, The Americas and Asia but fell in love with Las Terrenas.

They rent the house out when they

are traveling to other travelers looking for an alternative to cramped hotel rooms or impersonal all-inclusive resorts.

CASA TROPICAL is located in a QUIET BOTANICAL GARDEN in the centre of Las Terrenas surrounded by mountains studded with coconut trees.

Guests may buy fresh fish, crab or shrimp each day right on the beach and prepare in the equipped kitchen.

Purchase freshly baked baguettes and pastries at the French bakery just around the corner of the house.

Watch the moon rising above the mountains from the front patio of the house.

CASA TROPICAL was specially built to take advantage of the trade winds, so AIR CONDITION is NOT NEEDED.

I sleep 6 months a year even without the ceiling fan!

Air conditioning (if you really want it during the hot season) is an extra option at $15 a night.

The island has four international airports:

Santo Domingo Las Americas Int. Airport (ca. 2 hours)

Punta Cana Int. Airport (ca. 4 hours)

Puerto Plata Int. Airport (ca. 2,5 hours)

El Catey / Samaná Int. Airport (ca. 30 min)

Las Terrenas is a new hotspot for foreigners and people from the Capital, Santo Domingo (SD). Since the completion of the new highway between Santo Domingo and Samaná, people from SD have started to come more frequently. The drive takes 2 hours from the center of Las Terrenas to the center of SD. Also, the new airport El Catey is open for international flights, mainly used for Connections from NYC, Boston and Toronto. JetBlue started 2 flights a week non-stop from New York.

More Details

Pablo Paul and Yanis Bachatero
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish, dutch, Nederlands
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2018

About Pablo Paul and Yanis Bachatero

I am Yanis Pablo's wife, he is an art historian who travelled more than 40 countries and I am a theoretical math prof.

Pablo Paul and Yanis Bachatero purchased this villa in 2009

Why Pablo Paul and Yanis Bachatero chose El Centro

It was my dream to own a house in The Caribbean surrounded by palm trees and tropical flowers such as Bougainvillea and orchids (40 different species are growing in the front and back garden).

The French Colonial architecture specially built for the tropics and the orientation to the East to benefit the Trade Winds so that air conditioning is not needed was important as well.

Safety, well stocked super markets, French, Italian, German and local restaurants were an added value.

What makes this villa unique

Located in a tropical park. Surrounded by hills hills with lush vegetation and covered with palm trees .

Daily visitors are humming birds, butterflies and small color full lizards

Within walking distance to the great beaches of Las Terrenas.


El Centro Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Downtown
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Secure Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Tiled
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , outdoor shower , Tiled
  • HOT and cold water for inside shower and outside rain shower. Philip Starck design bathroom with bidet and shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Foyer sleeps 1 person on sofa.
  • Books
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • disco club
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Zip Line at 30km Whale watching from Jan 15 - Mar 31 in Samana, 40km Lot of excursions. Squba diving, Kite Surfing etc. 200 local and international restaurants. 3 supermarkets.


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CARIBBEAN VILLA in QUIET tropical parc. Good WiFi & Internet. 24h security.
average rating of 4.529412 based on 17 reviews
Eugene,OR USA

A great place to stay in Las Terrenas!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent an extremely relaxing week here at Casa Tropical. It is as charming as the pictures suggest. The design is open and inviting with big swinging doors opening onto the front porch and the back deck. We enjoyed the gardens and the private backyard shower after our swims at the beach. The kitchen was well stocked with the utensils needed to prepare food and casa is located close to walks into town for groceries and supplies, yet a quiet oasis from the hustle and bustle of town. Paul is a gracious host and we enjoyed talking with him and finding out more about Dominican culture. We thoroughly enjoyed our week here!

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2010
  • Stayed: February 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for the nice review. All ways welcome here at Las Terrenas. All the best, Pablo.
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Location not suitable for single woman wanting closer beach access

  • 1 of 5

Did look as appears on site, but the owner had removed the TV, and it was not a location close enough to the beach restaurants to eat after dark & walk back. I did not have any internet devices, so my evening options would be reading, after 6pm.

The rooftop nightclub nearby was extremely loud, and the roosters & dogs started non-stop about 4 am. I was booked for 6 weeks and only stayed 1 night. The mosquitoes managed to enter even with the doors all closed, so even with bug spray, I was bitten overnight, and could not enjoy a breeze. Would have expected a large water dispenser, rather than the bottle in the fridge. The kitchen & bathroom overall could use a little updating. Paul did pick me up at the airport as promised. I did not ask for a refund, since the issues were more my preferences than mis-representation.

I found another hotel in town on the beach that suited me better and stayed there for only 1 week, due to flight availability.

The guards at the entrance to the property were a great help in getting me a taxi to get my suitcase to town, since I had no way of contacting one.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN. Mrs. Mckinley stayed only one night! *Please read all other reviews on HomeAway, all overwhelming good. Our renters are the kind of people who prefer a more authentic experience to a beach front hotel at 135$ a night. The location, 900m or 3/4 mile distance to the beach, is clearly stated on the webpage. Also Google maps at HomeAway shows the correct location. "No TV available" is clearly mentioned on HomeAway as most people use free wifi. Perhaps difficult to comprehend for some elder people I agree. There are restaurants, bakeries and deli's close to the house if you want to eat out and at 900m from the beach you know exactly the location of beach restaurants. The house is located in a SAFE neighbourhood so no problem to return after dark as we are doing it all the time for 17 years, nothing ever happened. There is no rooftop disco nearby but there was a wedding party going on and in the Caribbean people are doing it their way, not much you can do about it. Drop by at their place and party with them as they will be glad to invite you. Yes there are roosters, cows, birds, even children, like great little villages all over the world. But there is also topaz ocean, sandy beaches and fantastic climate year around. And like developing countries worldwide there are even street dogs. Ours just happen to be the cutest! All doors and windows have mosquito screens. On top of that we have less mosquitos than in most parts of Canada, US and Europe. There are always 4 US gallons of drinking water available in the small casita of the gardener and a dispenser for our guests but perhaps this was not sufficiently obvious. The bathroom is new and the kichen will be renovated after the season but at $35-$70pn (depending upon season) its current state is beyond adequate as supported by user comments. True, if requested, we pick up our renters at the local airport at the cost of the toll and gas. Please note, Damage Deposit has already been refunded. Yanis and Pablo.
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All the comforts of home!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay! The home was comfy, clean and the outdoor shower was awesome. We enjoyed the restaurants, beaches, excursions, shopping and the local people. The host was very helpful and pleasant! We would like to return someday!

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house - but be aware!

  • 3 of 5

The house itself is very nice ( although f.e. the kitchen is not very well equipped - old pans, only one hot plate is working, little hot water pressure) - but the garden is beautiful.

The biggest BUT is the location. It's right in the center of LT - that means: Behind your house there seem to live a very active Dominican family with lots of music and screaming children, loud dogs. In the front there is a local wood carving company - they cut wood if you are unlucky like me - all day long. It's a noise that you can get used to - if you don't care about dentists noise :-). It's very similar. But most annoying was, that they started to construct not far away. From morning to nite I couldn't even use the garden and could only run around with ear plugs. At the end I had to move out - Paul did not feel like refunding money. At the end he also want to keep my deposit - because he claimed, I "stole" some

Of his old kitchen wear ( yeah right - I will bring that home to Germany :-)) and also the safe key was missing - which I accidentally left at the car. It should be back in his hands by now.

So overall. If you are looking for a quiet vacation with some piece full moments - try to live somewhere else. And also be aware of your deposit. You might not get it back!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mrs. Jana Pres stayed at my house and she was trouble starting from the beginning. To start with she violated the house rules (smoking in the house, leaving all lights on everytime when she left my place. And what a mess she left behind, trash of two weeks rotting in the garbage bins, worms crawling out and roaches around as a result). I had to call a specialised team to desinfect the villa. She didn't even pay for the cleaning lady, who is a poor Dominican girl who did her laundry etc. How hartless can one be! On top of that she never returned the unique key of the safe and because of that I had to replace the safe at a high cost. So I withheld her dammage deposit and HomeAway totally agreeded on that. It was the first time in allmost a decade that I refused to return a deposit. The house is located in a quiet park in the centre of Las Terrenas and yes there are children playing around as they don't go to school during the Christmas/New Years holyday like all over the world, sometimes there is a base ball game going on, sometimes they play music too. The workshop is only active once in a while but because of The New Years period they where carving wood for the pizzerias during a few days. THE CHRISTMAS-NEW YEAR SEASON IS THE LOUDEST OF THE YEAR JUST LIKE THE SEMANA SANTA. They started to built an access road at 500m from the villa on a hill. As far as I remember it was the first contruction in 16 years and impossible to predict 6 months ago when she made the reservation. Please read the reviews on the villa, all overwhelming. You will soon come to the conclusion that Mrs. Jana Pres review is written as a REVENGE. Dr. Yanis Bachatero PHD.
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Wonderful place to stay!!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great stay at Pablo's house! This is a little oasis of tranquility in the middle of Las Terrenas!. The photos are accurate. The house is very comfortable, very clean, lots of space and completely private. The outdoor shower is the highlight of this place, surrounded by a lush tropical garden. Lots of butterflies, saw the hummingbird a few times.

Located in a gated area of a dozens villas, there is a 24h security guard.

In the evenings a bit of music in the background and a little bit of barking dogs but not annoying at all, it actually reminds you where you are, in happy Dom Rep! Once this stops you sleep to the relaxing melody of crickets!

The place is walking distance to everything, so you don't need a car. Grocery stores are 3 min away, beaches about 20 min. Playa Las Ballenas was our favourite within walking distance, otherwise it is worth checking out Playa Coson and the restaurant Luis on site, excellent seafood!

Lots of choices for restaurants in Las Terrenas, so we did not bother cooking, we just prepared breakfast. Our favorite restaurants are Le Tre Cavallere, excellent food and service, facing the ocean; Gaia on Wedn night for the special Sushi party all you can eat! and for a special treat, Mi Corazon (expensive but fine cuisine). French bakeries for fresh baguette in the morning just 5 min away.

Pablo, the owner was very fast replying to emails, even while away when we were there! Very helpful for any information you need. He also arranged a taxi to the airport at a much cheaper rate than taxi companies.

We definitely recommend this place and cannot wait to come back for a longer stay! We did not do any activities around because we were just content with what was around us, and also because it gives us a good excuse to come back to tour around and rent a motorbike! :)

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Corinne, You guys where wonderfull guests, please come back to Las Terrenas asap. All the best, Pablo
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Best place to stay in Las Terrenas

  • 5 of 5

There's nothing better than having your own little house in a gorgeous private tropical garden. No hotel can compete. This little villa is just as described in the listing and is even better than the photos depict. With the doors open, a gentle breeze flows throughout the house so no ac is needed even on hot days. Relaxing on the verandas with a rum drink or taking an outdoor shower in a totally private orchid filled garden are highlights. We stayed five weeks and never got bored. This part of town is much less touristy than the beach area and we enjoyed staying among the locals. There is always music playing or a baseball game in process.

Pablo answered emails promptly and was very accommodating when we needed to change our schedule. He even arranged a ride from the airport. The neighbors, Steve and Nancy are very helpful for all kinds of details, and Nancy can arrange all sorts of things with locals, including moto and taxi transportation.

We had a hard time picturing a gated community in the center of town. It's actually a group of 15 small private villas in a residential area surrounded by a barely noticeable wall with a guarded entry gate. The 24/7 guards were friendly and helpful and we always felt safe. Outside the gate, a right turn takes you a short way down a dirt road, over a bridge, and there you are on a busy street leading to the beach. Within a couple blocks in either direction are a supermarket, bank with a guarded ATM, laundromat, French bakery, Italian deli, wine shops, fresh produce stands, a cafe with A hearty breakfast (Social Club), a good Italian restaurant (La Pergola), gas station, chicken roaster, and much more. Try the local eateries as well-- good cheap food. The walk to the beach was our least favorite thing because of the heavy traffic and gas fumes. There is a beautiful, quiet road to the beach that's more of an effort but so worth it. Turn left out of the gate and left again at the next opening (or ask Steve).

Our favorite places in Las Terrenas were the last cafe in the row of cafes at Fisherman's village with a delicious daily menu for just 150 pesos, and La Bodega for music and dancing. Outside Las Terrenas, we loved Luis's on Coson Beach, whale watching with Kim in Samana, Las Galeras at the end of the peninsula and the drive there, and lunch and gorgeous view at El Cabito. We rented a car locally for two days.

We would definitely recommend this property and hope to return some day.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2013
  • Stayed: February 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey there, Many thanks for the nice review, it was a pleasure to have you guys staying at the house. All the best and all ways welcome at Las Terrenas. Pablo Bachatero.
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Playa Rincon
Zona Colonial
Playa El Valle
Playa Fronton
Santiago de los caballeros
Teeth of the Dog
Playa Limon
Parque Colon
Altos de Chavón
"Frank Sinatra performed here, watch the CONCERT FOR THE AMERICAS on YouTube."
Plaza España
Fortaleza Ozama
Cayo Levantado
"Combine a visit to this island with a guided tour in El Parque National de Los Haitises or w..."
Playa Madam
Jardín Botánico Nacional
"A must!"
Catedral Primada de America
Playa Madama
Panteón Nacional
La Boca Del Diablo
Museo de las Casas Reales
Museo del Hombre Dominicano
"Many Taino artifacts."
El Malecón
David Crocket
"Excellent meat!"
Nearest Airport
5 Kilometres
Int Airport El Catey (AZS) 20 min from house
Nearest Barpub
800 Metres
La Bodega with live Caribbean music
Nearest Golf
120 Kilometres
Playa Grande
Nearest Motorway
500 Metres
Boulevard Atlantico connecting to highway Sto. Do
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
La Pergola, French Cuisine, and Punto Italia
Nearest Beach
900 Metres
Playa Las Terrenas
Car: not necessary

Other Activities: One of THE BEST KITE SURFING places in the Dominican Republic at Punta Popy, 1 mile from Casa Tropical!Some of THE BEST RESTAURANTS in the Dominican Republic such as The Beach, Mi Corazon, Balcones de Atlantico!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Damage Deposit $200

Rental fee up to 3 persons.
House sleeps max 3 persons.
Payment by bank transfer to our Bank of America account in the USA (all the information you need will be provided after booking with HomeAway).
Transfer costs are at your expenses.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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