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Casa Larimar is a little piece of beach paradise, where you can really relax and focus on your writing.

Take a walk - a really long walk, if you want to - in miles of white sand right outside your door and breathe fresh inspiration from the salty air. Allow your imagination to soar while you watch the colorful kites of the surfers as they fly through the waves. Go for a swim. Refresh your thoughts with a dip in the ocean or sit on your private terrace enjoying the poolside garden courtyard.


Casa Larimar is a spacious two bedroom, (1 king; 2 queens) two bathroom condominium unit within the prestigious Ocean Dream. You have all the modern conveniences of wi-fi, comfortable furnishings, and a fully equipped kitchen. If you want to do your own cooking, there is a supermarket and several mini-markets within walking distance; however, if you'd prefer to let someone else do the cooking, options abound. A five minute walk along the beach will bring you to the town of Cabarete with an array of excellent restaurants directly on the beach. If you don't find what you're looking for here, there are many more restaurants to choose from on the streets of town. Cuisine ranges from Caribbean to European. The seafood is particularly excellent, and the prices are very reasonable.


Sandi is your host at Casa Larimar. As a long-time resident of the Dominican Republic, she is very knowledgeable about the local area and loves helping guests settle in and have the most enjoyable stay possible. When not at Casa Larimar, Sandi can be found up in the mountains at the Monkey Jungle Medical/Dental Clinic. She is a hard-working volunteer, dedicated to providing free-of-charge dental services, beautifying smiles and making a difference in the lives of the people of this charming island.

Writing services are provided by email through Splash Literary Services by Kathleen and Jamie.
Kathleen has an MA in literature and a passion for creative fiction. She loves to get down to the Dominican Republic whenever possible to spend time writing or just beach walking. She works primarily on manuscript evaluations, including the writing retreat page evaluations.

Jamie completed an honors BA in English and visual arts before going on to attain a B.Ed. She teaches English, art, and ESL and she brings the heart of an educator to her work as an editor. She is also a free-lance designer.

Casa Larimar stays of seven days or longer are entitled to a free ten-page writing review, provided by Splash Literary Services and are also eligible for a 10% discount on our other services purchased within 30 days of the last day of your stay.


Your Host and Retreat Operator:  Kathleen Hegedus.

Region:  You won't need a car at Casa Larimar. A short taxi ride from the Puerto Plata airport (about $35) and everything you need is within walking distance. Need a break from writing? Sailing, snorkelling, cycling, horseback riding, city tours, and all sorts of other outings can be arranged and conveniently accessed through tour operator kiosks in the town of Cabarete. The beach is at your doorstep, and numerous, wonderful restaurants are within easy walking distance along the beach or in town.

Location:  Casa Larimar is on a beautiful stretch of sandy beach on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, in Cabarete, 20 minutes east of Puerto Plata.

Closest airport:  Puerto Plata

Tourism information:  Tour bookings available in the town of Cabarete


Studio Name Description Weekly Rates
Casa Larimar 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom luxury condo. $795 USD per week, except high season (Jan 6 Apr 22 and July August) it is $945 USD per week; holiday rate (Dec 20 Jan 5) is $1,260 USD per week. Longer stay discounts available. $795 USD


  • Wireless
  • Phone
  • Weekmaid
  • Kitchenette
  • Private bathroom
  • Swimming pool
  • TV/DVD
  • Stereo
  • Out smoking

Payment terms:  Deposit required to secure reservation. Payment due on arrival.

Cancellation policy:  Deposit fully refundable if time slot can be re-rented.

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