Jurassic Park is perfect!
My boyfriend and I came to the DR for our one year anniversary and knew we wanted to stay somewhere off the beaten path that wasn't an all inclusive resort. If you want somewhere that is peaceful, tranquil, mixed with adventure and a bucket full of AWESOME, Jurassic Park couldn't meet your needs any better.
We arrived late - we flew into and rented a car in Punta Cana. Then drove the 5 and a half hour trek to Las Terrenas. Dominic and his loving (and adorable) family welcomed us right away. Of course we were hungry and Dominic made a call to a neighbor, and arranged for us and another couple to have dinner.
We walked 5 minutes down the hill to her tiny bungalow of a restaurant and she prepared us an amazing spread. Un poco de todo, a little of everything, and it was some of the best local fare we ate on the trip.
In addition to her place, there are tons like it and grocer's, fresh fruit stands, and shops downtown for anything you could want or need. Downtown is only a 5-10 minute car/quad/motorbike ride or 20 minute (beautiful mind you) walk away.
Dominic and Helena are the best at arranging excursions! A local guide (Fausto) will take you on personalized day trips and meet you at JP. We went with two other couples staying at the property on a boat trip across the bay to the Natural Park. We explored caves, ate freshly caught and prepared fish and shrimp, relaxed on the sunny beaches of the fishing village, and more! One couple even stayed behind with Fausto and slept in the larger cave!
In addition to Dominic and Helena being excellent resources for directions, ideas, and good company, there are excursion companies downtown that will take you about anywhere. Cody and I rented a quad for a day and hired a guide that took us and another family vacationing around the "coffee route" to explore the coffee plantation, cigar factory, waterfalls by horseback, and more local eats. If you can find a guide that will take you around as a small group it is well worth it!
At night, there are clubs and bars to go to. Cody and I stayed in most nights to enjoy the peace and tranquility Jurassic Park also offers. We would relax by candlelight on our front porch.
As far as safety is concerned - I NEVER felt unsafe and frankly Cody and I never locked our bungalow.
Dominic and Helena - Thank you again for sharing your perfect slice of jungle heaven. We can't wait to see you again!