Info Boca Chica
Boca Chica is located in the Dominican Republic on the coast Caribbean Sea. It is 30km from the capital city of Santo Domingo. It has a population of around 70,000 and is one of the largest towns in the Dominican Republic. Boca Chica was originally a fishing village but has evolved into a tourist destination due to its stunning beach. The beach at Boca Chica is sometimes referred to as the largest swimming pool in the Dominican Republic as it is well known for the coral reef that makes the water so calm.
Transportation - Get in
Cheap flights from most Canadian and American cities are available to Punta Cana and Las Americas airports. Taxis are available from both to Boca Chica. For almost all packaged vacation deals transportation is included.
It is also possible to take the ferry from Puerto Rico to Santo Domingo and from there taxi to Boca Chica.
Transportation - Get around
By foot or boat. Taxis are available to the Colonial City and Santo Domingo for 40 dollars one way or 70 dollars return. It is a viable option for those wanting the security of a local tour guide or direct transportation. The price is fixed and it is unlikely any haggling will alter it. There are other destinations available with the same taxi company such as Punta Cana and La Romana however these have a steep price tag.
Things To See
It is very enjoyable to walk around the town of Boca Chica. The park at the centre of the town is great for people watching. The beach, of course, is the main drawing card for the town as it is renowned internationally and well frequented by the residence of nearby Santo Domingo.
Things To Do
Boca Chica is famous for its stunning beach. It is popular for scuba diving and snorkelling. The chance to enjoy water sports and activities is abundant. The town is not far from the Capital City of Santo Domingo which is a popular destination for tourists and locals.
Boca Chica is a popular destination for budget to middlemarket younger couples and groups wanting a short transfer from the airport and close proximity to city facilities.
Accommodation consists of a full range of budget guesthouses and an increasing number of older all-inclusive properties of average quality. There is very little here in the luxury bracket. The beach is a flat bay of fine, white sand, ranging from 40 yds to 100 yds wide, backed by some tropical vegetation and palms; not far off shore are a pair of small islands which you can wade out to at low tide. Shallow, clear waters with the reef acting as a natural breakwater. The beach gets very lively at weekends, with hawkers and loud music.
Entertainment revolves around the beach and a choice of water sports including windsurfing, PADI diving, jet-skiing, paddle boats, water-skiing, banana-boat rides and sailing.
By night the atmosphere is lively due to generally younger clientele and nightly influx of local residents from the city. Numerous unsophisticated discos, late-night bars (most with music) and some rather seedy-looking local drinking joints, mainly concentrated around Calle Duarte, the Boca Chica "strip". Home-grown live shows and bands at bigger hotels are common. Excursions here tend to consist of glass-bottomed boat tours; yacht charter; scuba diving and snorkelling trips; deep-sea fishing; Santo Domingo for sightseeing and shopping; Los Haitises National Park.
If you are looking for cigars in Boca Chica there is a small shop on Duarte Avenue (the main street near the beach) which has a selection of domestic and imported cigars. There is also a cigar roller that comes every second day who does custom orders, ask for William for information about products.
There are two small supermarkets in Boca Chica, one near the park, and one near the Be Live Hamaca side of Boca Chica. There is also a post office, several pharmacies, and a plethora of small souvenir shops. Haggling is acceptable in all stores except the pharmacies and grocery stores.
Food & Restaurants
There are many lovely restaurants along the beach front in Boca Chica. Locals also often sell street food during popular days at the beach. There is a burger king in Boca Chica which is an option for those more partial to American food.
Accommodation & Hotels
There are a number of small hotels in Boca Chica for affordable rates. There are also two all inclusive resorts such as the Be Live Hamaca which is a former Hilton resort. The two all inclusive resorts each have their own "private" beach, whereas in other hotels you will be using the public beach.
Boca Chica was originally developed by Juan Bautista Vicini Burgos, who established sugar plantations there in the early twentieth century. Vicini was very fond of the place but the golden era of Boca Chica was in the 1950s, when dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo ordered the construction of a modern hotel named "Hotel Hamaca", which subsequently became something of an icon. The hotel got all the more famous because it was there that Trujillo granted asylum to Fulgencio Batista after the Cuban Revolution. The Hamaca was closed after Hurricane David in 1979, and it remained closed and abandoned for more than twenty years. It was reopened in the early 1990s.
During the 1950s and the 1960s, prominent families of the Dominican Republic built several summer properties along the beach only accessible by private transportation. After the 1970s, the beach became more and more popular and public transportation helped to make Boca Chica a very populated beach; it was no longer secluded and quiet, as it had been during the '50s and '60s.