This beautiful spot is less than 5 minutes away! It's the main beach in town. Eat in the cooperative restaurant, hire a boat, people watch, enjoy an ice cold beer or sip a drink with a little umbrella in it.Little Beach (La Playita) is just a few minutes away on foot. Two restaurants, massage center, excellent snorkeling, soft white sand, swaying coconuts and a fantastic view.
Bungalow near beach,WiFi, hot water

Entire home/apt

3 guests

Studio

2 beds
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The bungalow is set in a flowery tropical garden. Just minutes on foot to several lovely beaches. Casual, gated, on site parking, minutes from a variety of restaurants and grocery stores. WiFi. Diving, hiking, transport, excursions, BBQ available.

The space

Caribbean colored bungalow in the middle of a large tropical garden close to town with several picturesque beaches minutes away on foot. Full kitchen. Easy access to diving, 4 wheeling, whale watching (Dec. thru March), horseback riding, zip line and other outdoor activities.

Guest access

Full kitchen.
Hot water.
WiFi.
Large fenced tropical garden with a hammock.
BBQ grill with or without your own personal chef.
Secure on-site parking.
Shaded terrace for outdoor dining.
Mosquito nets and fans.
Sound system-connect to your smart devices.
Coming soon: tents! Your poor friends and relatives can join you for almost nothing!

Interaction with guests

As much as you want...On site manager Jose is around most days and can help you organize diving, hiking, boating, transport, etc. Jose speaks Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese and English.

Other things to note

Laundry service can be arranged.
Taxi service can be arranged.


The space
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: Studio
Beds: 2
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Extra people $6 CAD / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $38 CAD
Security Deposit $127 CAD
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House Rules

Just treat the home, its contents and the neighbors as you'd want them to treat you. You know, The Golden Rule. Bags of trash can be disposed of in the garbage bins along the street in Las Galeras. Soda and beer bottles can be returned to the place of purchase to be reused.


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Availability
2 nights minimum stay

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Emily User Profile
April 2015
Really nice stay, good location and comfortable arrangements. The kitchen was well stocked.
Cynthia User Profile
Response from Cynthia:
Thanks for staying with us, Emily. We really hope to see you again before too long. We are constantly trying to improve the bungalow.
April 2015

Matt And Erin User Profile
March 2015
The bungalow was everything we were looking for. There is plenty of room inside, the bed was great, and the front porch is a great place to hang out. The gardens really are spectacular and give the yard a private feel. The bungalow is a 5 minute walk to the beach or into town. Cynthia gave us great directions and a lot of useful information and was available by email or text if we needed anything and Jose was very friendly and helpful. He could usually be found in the bungalow on the other side of the property or in town hanging out at the grocery store. The only drawback to our stay here was the incredibly loud music played nightly by one of the bars downtown- it started every night at 5 and went on until midnight. Because of the way the streets run, unfortunately this bar is essentially right behind the bungalow and there is no escaping this music. We were unable to listen to our own music in the evening and the fan didn't drown it out either so it was hard to sleep. We brought a portable speaker with us and were able to muffle it a bit when we went to bed with a white noise app on our phone. For all I know you can hear this music in every house in town (it's that loud), but it would have been nice to know about. Otherwise our stay here was delightful and relaxing.
Cynthia User Profile
Response from Cynthia:
Hi Matt and Erin, So glad to know you enjoyed the bungalow. But not glad to hear the music kept you from sleeping! But thankfully, the music isn't often as loud as what you describe. However, over Christmas and Easter, two huge Dominican holidays, it's usually the case. There are laws about the volume of music and the hours at which it can be played, but they are virtually ignored during these two times of the year... SORRY. Jose and Cindy
March 2015

Tom User Profile
March 2015
Cynthia was very nice and helpful. There was an airbnb problem that led to a double booking so Cynthia arranged for a small appartment accross the road. A perfect place too. Everything perfect, thanks, Cynthia
Cynthia User Profile
Response from Cynthia:
Thanks for your understanding, Tom. I'm glad you liked the apartment :-) We hope to see you again one day! Cindy, Jose and Mel
March 2015

Bo User Profile
February 2015
We had 10 days in a excelent bungalow, which has the equipment we needed: An older kitchen, a good bathroom, with hot water, good mattresses and a large cozy porch. The bungalow is located in a wonderful tropical garden. We were very well received by Jose, who is the daily on-site host. Jose is a very friendly and helpful host, on a level much higher than expected. We are grateful for the knowledge we got about the country and culture, -thanks Jose. This is a place we will be happy to visit again. We also want to thank Cindy for the great service we received before arrival. Cindy quickly answered all our questions via email, which was a great help. We are grateful for a very good experience. Junie & Bo
Cynthia User Profile
Response from Cynthia:
Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with other airbnbers. We loved having you! There are now new oak counters in the kitchens of all 3 bungalows and new oak doors and windows on two. Little by little, we are able to improve things so if you do make it back, you should be pleasantly surprised. Thanks for staying with us.
February 2015

Robert User Profile
January 2015
Cindy’s bungalow was perfect for the two of us. Las Galeras has a few expats and other tourists, but it is not “touristy.” We wanted to stay somewhere “local” and authentic, and Las Galeras delivered on this. Of course there are still locals trying to sell you services such as motorcycle rides, beach chairs, and tours to El Limon, but it was pretty low-key compared to the constant flow of solicitation you would get in Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial or Punta Cana. Las Terrenas was an easy day trip, and Playa Rincon was an easy 30-minute drive in our rental car. Jose, who lives on the property, is willing to be as available or scarce as your comfort level requires. We, personally, enjoyed going out to bars and restaurants with him on probably 4 out of our total 6 days there. He is an INCREDIBLE cook, a dive master, and – most importantly – trustworthy. It was great walking into town with him to get an afternoon round of beers, grilling together at the house, or going out for Italian in town. Jose is great at being highly accessible while being appreciative of your desire for privacy and “your own space,” which is such an important quality in a host. We rented a car and drove from Santo Domingo, but next time we will probably pay Jose to drive us to and from Santo Domingo, preferring to pay a trustworthy local instead of a multinational rental car company. It is difficult to explain how well Jose blends personal hospitality with professional courtesy, but you will understand once you meet him. Remember that the house is concrete with louvered windows with screens. The floor is concrete, the beds are on pallets, and the stove is like a heavy-duty camping stove. This is not a Hilton or an American-style house; it is VERY basic. BUT, it has all the necessities, comfort, charm, and security that you need. We are an American couple used to all the comforts of modern living in the US, and we were PERFECTLY comfortable here. The dorm-size refrigerator stays very cold, and keeps ice cubes frozen. The kitchen is fully stocked with cooking utensils, the shower is hot, the door is secure, the property is safe and close to town. Cindy messaged us excellently-nuanced directions to the bungalow/house that we wouldn’t have been able to get with (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) maps (for example, “look out for the missing manhole cover by the big tree!”), and was available but not highly visible during our trip. We didn’t ask much of her, but we got the impression that she would make herself available to us if there were things we needed which couldn’t be figured out by Jose (there’s nothing he can’t figure out, though). We will be back soon. Thanks Cindy and Jose!

Marieve User Profile
January 2015
Hi Cindy! Thank you for everything, we had a blast! The bungalow was just perfectly situated, close enough to the beach and the village, and our quiet little garden (and its bananas!!!) was exactly what we neaded. Jose is an incredible host, always there to help and to share life experiences, good laughs and good meals. He made this holiday very special, we feel lucky we met him. Looking forward to come back to DR in a couple of years
Cynthia User Profile
Response from Cynthia:
I'm so glad you had a good time. I'll let Jose know he played a part in making your vacation so special. It would be great to see you again one day. Thanks for being such friendly and considerate guests.
January 2015

John User Profile
December 2014
Cindy and Jose were the perfect hosts. From the time that I arrived they both made me feel welcome. To anyone who is looking for an authentic island experience I would highly recommend this area. Jose, the individual who is around most is a truly lovely individual. He is extremely helpful and welcoming. To those who enjoy good Dominican food I would recommend that you have Jose cook for you as often as possible. He will take care of everything for a reasonable price and he will have you looking forward to the next meal he cooks. Jose is also a great guide for diving and will hep you get to local areas of interest. While this is not a 5 star hotel, for the price that they offer and the experience they provide it is a 5 star value. I plan to visit again and enjoy their hospitality in 2015.

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Cynthia User Profile

Cindy, really. No one calls me Cynthia.

My life motto, which seems to work MOST of the time: Que el viento se lleve tus problemas. (Let the wind take your troubles away.)

I'm fairly well-traveled and had never stayed in the same place for more than 2 or 3 days during any of my travels, though I was often gone from my northern California home for months at a time. Then, because I’ve always been drawn to “end of the road” places, I “ended up” in Las Galeras. I moved here a year later to try it out and never went “home”. I’ve explored most of the DR, but I’ve lived on the Samana Peninsula for almost 10 years and now know it quite well.

Though I have a full time job, the ocean, sun and coconut trees make me feel like I'm still on vacation. Sure, I miss some things about life in the good ole USA. Flying, live music (blues, bluegrass, alternative, jazz), backpacking, my fellow volunteers at Sonoma Land Trust, downhill skiing, high speed internet, wine tasting, second hand book stores, Home Depot, The Golden Gate Bridge, Sierra Club "dog hikes", and my granola-crunching, tree-hugging friends, but I love it here.

My Promise: If you come here as my guest, I promise to do whatever I can to make sure you have a great time. I want you to go home thinking that working, saving, planning, organizing and packing (passport, sunscreen, insect repellent, iPhone charger, swim suit, camera, flip flops, iPod, paperback book/s, umbrella).......and then hauling it all to the Dominican Republic and back was worth it. (And that maybe you’d even recommend it to a friend.)

Hope to see you soon.







Languages: English, Español
Response rate: 100%
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