Boca Chica

Boca Chica's shallow waters are great for swimming and snorkeling, especially around the coral reefs -- in fact, this beach is the largest reef protected bay in the Caribbean. Water sport equipment is available at stands along the beach, so visitors should find plenty to keep them busy. A number of restaurants and bars are also within close proximity to Boca Chica, so guests can party from sun up til sun down.

Situated toward the southern outskirts of Boca Chica, this beach is on the South East edge of the Dominican Republic. You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you are staying very close. Visitors will find that, while Boca Chica is certainly not secluded, you also wouldn't call it particularly popular. It's the perfect choice for travelers who want to visit a somewhat lively beach without getting stuck in the most crowded parts of town.

How to Access The Beach
Boca Chica is located just 15 minutes from the airport in a town of the same name. Head east on Autopista Las Americas, and exit south into the peninsula.

Amenities and Ambiance

Located near the capital city of Santo Domingo, Boca Chica is a mile long stretch of white sand beach. The shallow water is crystal clear, filtered by underwater springs and protected by a natural coral reef about 1/4 mile off shore. The reef forms in a giant semi-circle, protecting the beach from rough waters. Hotels, beach cottages, and concession and vendor stands line the back of the beach.

The snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner. You might also have the option to try local specialties from one of the mobile vendors who set up shop at the beach.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Fortunately, umbrellas and chairs will be available for visitors seeking a break from the hot sun. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear enough for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you want to do some underwater exploration. A popular destination among tourists and locals, Boca Chica is a crowded beach, especially on weekends. The social scene is very upbeat with plenty to do and see.

Remember to take into account that the area surrounding Boca Chica is rather congested, so the availability of certain facilities is likely to be affected.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Boca Chica is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on the Dominican Republic's South East coast. It is near some interesting sites like Be Live Hamaca Beach Casino, which is only a short distance away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction, and it is one of the attractions close-by.

Beaches and museums may seem an unlikely combination to some, but some visitors find that museums like Museo De Lary Mar (one of the closest to Boca Chica) offer an entertaining diversion and help visitors understand the Dominican Republic's interesting past.

If a visit to the Boca Chica isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Boca Chica
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Be Live Hamaca Beach Casino Casino 0.4 mi. ENE --
Museo De Lary Mar Museum 0.7 mi. N --
On Movil S A Museum 0.7 mi. N --

Cities and Towns

Tourists here hoping to find a little additional excitement should consider making the trip to Boca Chica, which is close-by and is an area full of activity. From the shore, Boca Chica is a fairly short distance away, about three quarters of a mile (one and an eighth kilometers).

Hotels

The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on time of day, season, and how full nearby hotel rooms are. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Though vacationers will find relatively few accommodations withing driving distance, those options closest to Boca Chica can be seen below.

Accommodations near Boca Chica
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Don Juan Beach Resort 0.1 mi. WNW Resort
Hotel Zapata 0.2 mi. WNW Hotel
Coco Beach Hotel 0.2 mi. WNW Hotel
Calypso Beach Hotel 0.3 mi. NE Hotel
Be Live Hamaca Beach 0.4 mi. ENE Resort

Food

If during your visit you start getting hungry, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, so there's no need to go too far from the shore. One of the closest restaurants is Puerco Rosado. This restaurant serves both Creole and Italian cuisines. They are also famous for their pasta and seafood. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's not far off the beach at all.

Nearby restaurant options are shown below.

Restaurants near Boca Chica
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Puerco Rosado (809) 523-4307 Creole, Italian Informal 0.1 mi. NNE
Cafe Restaurant Fernando -- -- -- 0.1 mi. N
La Terraza -- Italian Very Casual 0.1 mi. ENE
Italy & Italy -- Italian Informal -- --
Chinese Chicken -- Chinese Very Casual 0.1 mi. N
Chez Marius -- French Informal 0.1 mi. NE
Pequena Suiza (809) 523-4619 Creole, Swiss Informal 0.1 mi. NE
Gusto Tropical (809) 523-9381 Creole, Italian Very Casual 0.1 mi. NE
Trastevere Restaurant (809) 890-5265 Italian Very Casual 0.1 mi. NE
Tucantu -- International, Italian Very Casual 0.1 mi. NE
Buxeda -- Caribbean Very Casual -- --
D'Lucien -- -- -- 0.3 mi. ENE

Other Beaches

There are multiple beaches to discover in the Dominican Republic, of course, so if Boca Chica doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

Travelers may also want to consider Caribe Beach, which is located seven and a half miles to the east-southeast.

Maybe Boca Chica is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.

 

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