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Boca Chica

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

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!

To see

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!

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!

pros

  • +  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.

cons

  • -  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.

To think about

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.

To try

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.

To bring back

Jewellery made from amber (brown solidified resin), larimar (blue stone), leather items, baskets, naive paintings, a legacy of Indian Taļnos, 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.

Weather Boca Chica

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Boca Chica . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Boca Chica so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Boca Chica , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather January
Overall rating 85/100
  • Temperature indicators 100% Hot / Optimal

    The maximum temperature is <24°, temperature felt between 30°C and 33°C.

  • Bad weather indicators 64% Light showers

    Light showers - averaging between 10.5mm and 17.5mm per week.

  • Sunbathing indicators 74% Good weather

    Mostly sunny (60% to 80% sunshine).

  • Swimming indicators 86% Very pleasant / Optimal

    High air temperature (>24°C), high sea temperature (>24°C), light to moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).

  • Wind indicators 72% Warm breeze

    Near optimal comfort: strong to moderate winds (between 12 mph and 18 mph) in a warm atmosphere (>24°C).

  • Humidity indicators 66% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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