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.

Located toward the southern outskirts of Boca Chica, this beach is on the South East coast of the Dominican Republic. You should consider dropping by regardless of whether you're staying in the vicinity. At Boca Chica, you'll have the best of both worlds: plenty to see and do nearby, but less crowds and noise than at other beaches.

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 concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative. Sometimes, visitors will be able to buy food from one of the local vendors who typically set up on this shoreline.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Luckily, chairs and umbrellas are offered at this beach for visitors looking for some respite from the sun. The water in the area is clear and good for snorkeling, so grab some gear if you're looking to see what goes on beneath the surface. 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 Boca Chica's location is highly urbanized, meaning the availability of certain amenities is likely to be affected.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the Dominican Republic's South East coast; it's located near attractions like Be Live Hamaca Beach Casino, which is a half mile to the east-northeast.

If you want to combine culture with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Museo De Lary Mar. It's not far from the shores at Boca Chica, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in the Dominican Republic. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

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 at this beach who are seeking further attractions should consider going to Boca Chica, which is not far away and is an especially active area of the Dominican Republic. From the shore, Boca Chica isn't far off, roughly three quarters of a mile (one and an eighth kilometers).


How many other people you encounter at Boca Chica will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. You can typically expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

While there aren't many hotels within driving distance, the nearest ones are listed in the following table.

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


If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the closest restaurants is Puerco Rosado. This restaurant has both Creole and Italian cuisines. They have become well-known, however, because of their pasta and seafood. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's just a little ways away.

A few nearby dining options are listed in the following table.

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

The Dominican Republic has many beaches, so if Boca Chica doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

Travelers may also want to consider Caribe Beach, located seven and a half miles away.

Perhaps Boca Chica is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; if so, the Dominican Republic offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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