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Robinson Crusoe Caribbean Syle Cottage, Simple Living 2 Minute Walk from Beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom, Sleeps 4. Best for 1 couple or small family

El Palomar is nestled in beautiful tropical gardens only a very short 2 minute walk to beautiful beaches, a 10 minute walk from great beach restaurants and a 15-20 minutes walk from town. Originally it was built as a guest house for our larger house La Paloma but we have chosen it as our favorite retreat while in Las Terrenas. It is charming, colorful and simply furnished. It was designed using typical Caribbean materials, cana roof and colorful painted wood siding and partitioning walls, a quaint retreat for the young at heart. Our houses are private from one another but are connected by lush garden paths. Before you arrive we are happy to stock your refrigerator with breakfast items if you wish.

Leslie Honey
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 10, 2018

About Leslie Honey

We first started traveling to Las Terrenas in 1982 when it was an authentic fishing village. After more trips we purchased our first property and then the land next door where we had El Palomar built from our own design by a trusted Dominican builder. Over the years we have enjoyed painting and decorating it so that it has the charm of a country Dominican house.

Leslie Honey purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Leslie Honey chose Las Terrenas

We bought this property because of its wonderful location, only 2 minutes from the beach and a lovely 10 minute stroll along the beach to good restaurants, A twenty minute walk will take you to the center of town.

What makes this cottage unique

Our property is not for everyone. You might be older but It is for the 'young at heart' and those who want to experience a casual colorful ambiance. The cottage has a cana roof, some walls are brightly painted wood (split palm) and some are stucco, the floors are pigmented cement. The veranda is large and open, surrounded by tropical gardens which are great for bird watching and sunbathing.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have vacationed extensively in the Caribbean so it came as surprise that we would be so taken by this experience. Having long ago given up on boring all inclusive resorts, we now look for places where we can experience the local culture. El Palomar provided just that opportunity. We stayed at this lovely villa in Las Terrenas,Samana this last November and can not say enough good things about the facilities and our hosts, Leslie and Bill! Everything was pretty perfect!

Traveling by car around Samana was a real treat. Beautiful scenery..gorgeous beaches ..and the people were great ( we don't speak Spanish).. We frequented Luis restaurant/Coson beach (5 minute drive from town) Very beautiful beach arguably some of the best food in the area..Not touristy either.

Went to the local fruit/vegetable stands and grocery store and cooked some incredible food using local ingredients.. The kitchen was very functional..

Definitely a vacation we will repeat soon.
Nov 2013
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Las Terrenas Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Extra large shower with light, large mahogany stained vanity area, fan. Colorful Caribbean pallet. There is no bathtub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 4 Poster w/net
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , with mosquito net
  • 2 bedrooms share 1 bath entered through hallway. Bedrooms have ceiling fans, mosquito nets but no AC. The master bedroom has a high cathedral thatched ceiling and a 4 poster bed not shown in photo.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Yard
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Robinson Crusoe Caribbean Syle Cottage, Simple Living 2 Minute Walk from Beach
average rating of 4.9 based on 12 reviews

A very nice place in Las Terrenas

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay here. The hosts are wonderful. The place is very much like the description - traditional Dominican style house near the beach. It is simply but very comfortable. We were there in December and the temperature was delightful - no need for AC. The kitchen was well equipped and we cooked most of our meals. The location is outstanding - 1 block to the beach and a 10 minute walk to the start of town (20 mins to the supermarket). The Wifi was pretty much nonexistent - it would let you log on but it was really hard to get any webpages to load.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We very much enjoyed meeting your family and wished you could have stayed longer. The WiFi has been an issue, mostly with the server Claro, but they seemed to have straightened out the problem. Unfortunately they came a few days after you left. While there they tweaked the router as well. Voila....much better internet/WiFi. Sorry you missed this improvement. Hope you'll return. Happy New Year.
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Little piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a week and could have stayed forever as we loved it so much! Leslie and Bill are fantastic to work with- so helpful and accommodating. We booked the smaller property and they offered us the larger house (was not rented out the week we were there) as they thought it would be more comfortable for our 14mo old son. So kind of them! The accommodations were great. Plenty of gorgeous outdoor space for during the day and a nice sitting area inside for when the bugs came out. They did an initial grocery run for us and that was super helpful! The property is a short walk to the beach and a bit further to town. We had a car and would drive to just outside of the town center as I didn't feel super comfortable walking on the road at dusk/night with our baby. A car was also super helpful for going to the grocery store as well as for day trips. There is a cat on the property named Cow and I wanted to take him home with me he was so sweet! The only thing missing on the property in my opinion is a pool, but we obviously knew there wasn't one when we booked! With our son taking 2 naps a day at the property it would have been the icing on the cake. We highly recommend this property and most definitely would stay here again. I believe my parents are going to rent this property with some friends next year because we recommend it & the area so highly! Side note- my son and I got eaten alive by sand flies, they didn't touch my husband and hardly bothered my FIL. Just prepare ahead & bring bug spray.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfection in Paradise.

  • 5 of 5

Our time in Paradise was made complete by staying at this most beautiful, warm, natural and friendly house in Las Terrenas. We will certainly stay again and look forward to returning to the colorful garden and bird filled compound. The open air outside dining room, was so charming with it’s palapa roof and hanging ceiling fans. We cooked dinner out on the grill almost nightly and drank our coffee in the coz lounge chairs in the shade. The house was very private and beautiful and a one minute walk to the picturesque sandy beaches. The location was perfect in that we were far enough away from the town buzz for it to be serene and quiet and yet close enough to walk in for ice cream or dinner at any one of the many delicious eateries.

We didn’t rent a car and found we didn’t need one. We did however rent a scooter to get to Restaurant Luis for the incredible coconut beach, big waves and best sea food in town. This was a repeat adventure (which was recommended by Leslie herself).

Leslie was the most generous and attentive host we could ever imagine. She treated us like we were family, making sure we felt comfortable and cared for in every way we needed. She even bought us treats on our drive from the bus stop to the house. She made us feel welcome to call her at any hour of the day or night with any question or concern we might have. The other house on the property was magnificent and I could imagine an incredible family reunion with the use of both houses and the gardens. Honestly, this place is the dreamiest place I could imagine staying. Simple, understated, cozy, comfortable, airy, organic, luxurious, serene and fun.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: February 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I hope that you will come again and bring friends to enjoy what Las Terrenas has to give. After 20 years we never tire of it and even though it has grown from the sleepy little fishing village it was, in many ways we enjoy it more. The restaurants are plentiful and good, the beaches beautiful and uncrowded, and the people warm and friendly. We love sharing it with people who appreciate, like you., Thanks for coming.
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Absolute "Best" Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Previous reviews provide an excellent description of El Palmar in Las Terrenas..and I am not sure I could provide more information other than to say the facilities were excellent and our host's Bill and Leslie ..simply delightful!

My wife and I really enjoyed exploring Samana and found driving in Samana, both lots of fun and easy to do. On several occasions we drove out to las Galeras and playa Rancor and had a wonderful time exploring this beautiful area..Other days we frequented Luis Restaurant...(five minutes away by car and a gem of a place!) We spent many a day at Luis Restaurant/beach because it is just such an incredible beach with very few people ( Luis is a little off the beaten track) There are free beach chairs..a bar.. and the food is excellent..possibly the best bargain in the area. Very relaxing place!

We bought food daily at fruit stands and the grocery store and prepared some really interesting/delicious dishes using local DR ingredients.

Although neither of us speak Spanish we really never had a problem communicating.. This was our second visit to El Palomar and we so enjoyed it we are hoping to make this an annual vacation . If you are not a fan of all-inclusive resorts..this is the place in the DR

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2014
  • Stayed: November 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We encourage our renters to at least rent a car for a couple of days to explore the beautiful Samana Peninsula but a car is not necessary at El Palomar because of its location, tranquil and private yet only 2 minutes from the beach and 10-15 minutes from about twenty great restaurants. Las Terrenas has many tour companies (multi lingual) who provide interesting excursions to see the fabulous Humpback Whales in Samana Bay in January-March, the Samana Zipline, Los Haitises National Park and the beautiful waterfall at El Limon. The peninsula has vacant beaches to discover and many roads that are fun to explore..
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Love this place

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a week here and loved it. The house is simple but very comfortable, and it is indeed not only minutes from the beach but close enough to town that everything is an easy walk. The garden is lovely and when you're inside, you feel completely detached from the world. We're always looking for the elusive combination of low-key and authentic, and this is it. The hosts are also wonderful people who helped us get our bearings, and figure out the town and nearby sites. We were charmed by our visit to Las Terrenas, and this comfortable, quiet little house with a gorgeous outdoor living room was a large part of it.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2013
  • Stayed: March 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We hope the weather wasn't too cruel when you got home, it was certainly lovely during your stay. If you come again don't forget to try to fly direct from JFK to El Catey as it will make your vacation feel longer by at least a day, it's only 35 minutes from the house. But then you would have missed the colorful bus ride back to Santo Domingo. Cheers to you both from Cow (our old garden cat) who is once again robust and charming tenants. Thanks.
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Truly Charming & Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

There is not much to add to Marcel's review; just as he mentioned this place truly is charming.

It is perfectly located close to the beach (close enough to hear the waves by night), within a large beautiful relaxing garden in a quiet neighborhood and just within walking distance to restaurants and shops.

The simple yet charming Caribbean style is tasteful, definitely has a more than sufficient “standard” and comes with an awesome out-door terrace with a bar, a dining table, comfy easy chairs, a hammock and so forth – very comfy. You could easily seat plenty people there for a BBQ party . . .

The house has been very thoughtfully equipped with everything and I would even say a bit more. Everything functioned perfect (within the given Caribbean context) and the owners are very friendly and extremely helpful.

I already came back once and did recommend this place to my friends (who have been there and given thumbs up as well).

Las Terrenas is in my opinion the best place in the DR to visit (no mass all-incl tourism, nice beaches and atmosphere in town and Samana has plenty of nature to offer).

PS: If you like pools, AC, huge flatscreen TV, glass, marble and steel appliances – this is obviously not for you

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2013
  • Stayed: December 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We certainly are glad that you found our tranquil oasis and liked it well enough to return and bring friends. It was a pleasure to meet you all. We appreciate all the good work you are doing around the world and hope to see you again when you need some R & R.
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Nearest Airport
27 Kilometres
El Catey (AZS)
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
on beach
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
on beach
Nearest Beach
75 Metres
Las Ballenas
Car: not necessary

Caribbean Dominican Republic Dominican Republic North Coast Las Terrenas


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $125

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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