Boca Chica

  • Boca Chica stretches to the south, on the Caribbean side of the island, around 19 miles from Santo Domingo and barely 7 and a half miles from the international airport of Las Americas (watch out for the 5 pesos toll). It was once a small fishing port frequented in the 1920s by the Dominican bourgeoisie. The city now presents no other interest than its medium and high-end hotels, its shops, restaurants ...
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  • As a large part of the beach is public you'll never be short of activities and water sports to keep you busy here.
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  • At just under 19 mi from the capital and 7 mi from Las Americas airport, the small town of Boca Chica was built in the early 20th century and is worth a visit if only to experience its hustle and bustle and its beach.
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  • The lagoon is protected by a coral reef.
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  • The town is known for its party feel and particularly its nightlife.
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  • Boca Chica was the first village in the country to start attracting tourists, back in the 1950s.
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  • Playa Buyacana consists of a large strip of fine sand shaded by coconut palms and great almond trees.
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Dominican Republic

Boca Chica stretches to the south, on the Caribbean side of the island, around 19 miles from Santo Domingo and barely 7 and a half miles from the international airport of Las Americas (watch out for the 5 pesos toll). It was once a small fishing port frequented in the 1920s by the Dominican bourgeoisie. The city now presents no other interest than its medium and high-end hotels, its shops, restaurants and nightclubs, mainly concentrated on one of the main streets, Calle Duarte. The whole ensemble sort of gives the impression that it has lost its soul due to its overexposure to tourism. Although the beach is beautiful it also suffers from the invasion of the concrete constructions of hotels and resorts. On weekends, it is invaded by the inhabitants of the capital and swimming in the sea turns into a crowded bath!

Boca Chica: what to do?

In addition to the city of Boca Chica, the other really worthwhile trip to make in the immediate vicinity of Boca Chica is to the capital itself, Santo Domingo. 45 minutes in a rental car, shuttle bus or taxi will be enough if the traffic is not too bad, after which you will be able to immerse yourself in the crazy atmosphere of the city!

In addition to the city of Boca Chica, the other really worthwhile trip to make in the immediate vicinity of Boca Chica is to the capital itself, Santo Domingo. 45 minutes in a rental car, shuttle bus or taxi will be enough if the traffic is not too bad, after which you will be able to immerse yourself in the crazy atmosphere of the city!

  • The water sports
  • A classic hotel service but of rather a good standing
  • A lagoon protected by a coral reef.
  • The contact with the Dominican people.
  • The proximity to Santo Domingo.
  • The view across the industrial megaport to the right of the beach.
  • The noise
  • Few sites of cultural interest
  • The stray dogs and the prostitution.

Reminders

A suitcase for the summer: light clothing cotton, open shoes, shorts, shirts, T-shirts, without forgetting the bathing suit, as well as warm clothes and walking shoes for getaways in the mountains. A lightweight raincoat is useful during the rainy season (from May to July).

To avoid

Hours of intense traffic, because employees commute to the capital of Santo Domingo, as well as people returning home at the weekend, notably on Sunday evenings. In the evenings a man cannot take a few steps before being approached by a prostitute, often very young.

Boca Chica: what to eat?

Rich and spicy, Dominican cuisine is the result of Creole, European and African influences. Starch foods (rice, sweet potatoes and plantain), fish and shell fish as well as tropical fruits are the key foods. The stews (mondogo, sancocho) are common, with goat meat or fish cooked in coconut milk being prime examples.

Boca Chica: what to buy?

Jewellery made from amber (brown solidified resin), larimar (blue stone), leather items, baskets, naive paintings, a legacy of Indian Taïnos, CDs of merengue and bachata, cigars, liquid vanilla, jam, rum and coffee are the main souvenirs that you can bring home. They can be found everywhere on beaches and especially on local markets.

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