Tercera Luna is, quite simply, one of the most dramatic available oceanfront properties in the entire world. If having your own, personal beach in the heart of the Caribbean is one of your unrelenting criteria, TL just might be the place for you.
Above, this impossibly beautiful and romantic dreamland undulates across a breezy, palm-studded plateau, along a sea cliff inexplicably dripping with wild red orchids, then down to the polished coral sands below, an exotic boulder-grotto private beach where warm, reef protected ocean waters lap a secret cove sweetly swim-able year-round.
This 11 acre (43,547 square meters) property also features a dense forest of royal palms and a magical cascada, a seasonal stream in a tropically vegetated canyon with small pools and waterfalls that spill into the sea. The well-drained soil and prevailing sea breezes maintain this unusual site exceptionally comfortable and miraculously mosquito-free. Remarkably, this once-in-a-lifetime land has its long side along the sea, dominating a half kilometer of orchid-draped sea cliff and fronting three distinctively different sparkling white sand beaches on the Dominican Republic’s spectacular and ultra-emerging Costa Verde (Non-metric-minded friends: think five football fields of oceanfront and then add a little more.).
Although this region of the country, long known for its charming denizens and relaxed way of life, is starting to be discovered, the friendly natives have not been corrupted by mass-tourism (although they will try to practice their English on you and teach you how to dance the meringue at the slightest provocation). Despite the fact that a championship golf course by Robert Trent Jones has opened twelve minutes away, ranching and farming and fishing are still the traditional sources of local income. Thus if you enjoy some connection with what is real, authentic and folkloric, and have a taste for the simple things as well as the elegant ones, you\’re in the right place hereabouts.
Tercera Luna is accessed by a kilometer long private road shared with Orchid Bay, a gated, private residential community with homes that rival any in the world. Two recent episodes of the MSNBC TV show \”On the Money\” featured interviews with adventurous couples who have built their noteworthy, fantasy-inducing homes in this very special community that surrounds Tercera Luna.
Thus this almost-unimaginable Eden lends itself to a variety of upscale uses. A world class private estate or family farmstead on the sea, an opulent rental-villa/corporate retreat, or a few artfully designed, private beachfront villas would all be compatible with the ne plus ultra character of the community.
Now, having saved the best for last… The center beach of the three that bless Tercera Luna, the perfect one-third moon for which the property is named, is totally contained within the parcel and embraced by two majestic rock peninsulas. The golden white coral sands don’t stick to your skin, they fall off when you stand up. The outer reef keeps the cove safe for swimming, even in times of big waves, and can be pleasurably snorkeled and scuba-dived when the seas are normal.
The views of the beach from the peninsulas\’ building sites are awe-inspiring, and will leave you spiritually feeling as much like the guardian of this land as the owner.
What more could we ask from life?
Practical Notes: The Puerto Plata International Airport (POP), with daily service to the United States, Canada and a dozen European cities, is a scenic hour drive to the west. A half hour to the east, the new Samana International Airport has recently opened with nonstop flights from Europe, and daily American Airlines service has just begun. Helicopters can land directly on site. There is now excellent telephone and high-speed Internet service from Codetel, plus cellular service from both Codetel and Orange/French Telecom