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BOCA CHICA SANTO DOMINGO TRAVEL GUIDE

 

DAY TRIP EXCURSIONS


Santo Domingo (Full day and Half day tours)

 

 

Santo Domingo Night tour

 


Saona Island National Park is a must

Go there by motor boat and get back by catamaran

Go by an organized tour (ask your hotel) or rent a boat by yourself in Bayahibe, 20 km far from La Romana (better early in the morning and better if you speak spanish), to have a larger, fantastic trip around the island.

Just go there.

 

 

 


Catalina Island for snorkeling


 

   

Horse Ranch tours

 

 

 

Altos de Chavon

 

Samana \ whales \ Cayo Levantado

 

 

And if in the unlikely case you should run out of things to do, consider choosing something from this list:

Ride a horse, borrow a bike and explore the ‘real’ town, go snorkeling, ride a banana boat,

take an excursion to a nearby island, take out a sailboat, paddle-boat, kayak, windsurf, go scuba diving, walk out to the reef, go fishing, dance Merengue, learn to salsa dance, eat all kinds of local and international foods in a good restaurant,

rent a jet ski, do some water skiing, gamble in the Casino,

 

 

travel an hour and see everything that Santo Domingo has to offer, visit a disco, and get an espresso while people watching at a sidewalk cafe, dine on fresh seafood in a romantic candlelit setting on a deck over the water, meet people and make friends, rent a motorcycle and hit the dirt trails, go swimming, soak up the sun, drink from a pineapple or coconut, buy a new swimsuit or colorful pareo, get your shoes shined by an enthusiastic boy and buy him a coke, take a tour of the countryside, have a Presidente, the local beer, play some golf, bargain for a good price on a T-shirt, smoke a local cigar, get a massage on the beach or get your hair braided, buy some of the local music to take home, buy some fresh mangos at the local fruit market or get a whole plate of fresh fruit cut up right in front of you right on the beach, remember how little you paid for this trip, forget how soon you are leaving.

Hotel
Scattered about Boca Chica are numerous smaller hotels and guest houses. Regardless of your taste in accommodation, you will find something to suit you.
For more information on where to stay getting a good price\quality ratio, look at our Hotel Directory hotels.htm.


Dining outside the hotels


Most of Boca Chica’s restaurants are located on the beach or on Duarte street strip. A good choice is to have lunch on the beach (fantastic view, fresh breeze) and to get dinner on Duarte street at the night (nice passage, fun people show).

For more information on restaurants, see Restaurant Directory in the Boca Chica bible web site.


Night Life
There are several discos in Boca Chica that play a combination of dance pop, house music, and of course, salsa and merengue.

 

 

Couples and families usually stay at the large all inclusive hotels that have their own discos and nightly shows.


Given the large numbers of singles that flock to Boca Chica's many non all-inclusive hotels, areas in Boca Chica's downtown take on an "adults only" atmosphere at night.
Albeit, most of the single men will be foreigners and the women local. The singles usually stay at the many small hotels that dot the beach town and party at the town's bars. But days in Boca Chica are quiet compared to Nassau, Bahamas or Cancun. After all, this is a small town and the main strip is just a few blocks long.


Sport

Golf

If you are only an occasional golfer and would like to play during your Boca Chica vacation, there's the San Andres Caribe Golf Club in the area. This is a nine hole course located five minutes from Boca Chica off Las Americas Highway.

Expert golfers will play in the first class championship Metro Country Club Los Marlins Golf Course in Juan Dolio (15 minutes highway from Boca Chica).

 

Directed by Willy Pumarol, "teaching pro" U.S. Golf Teachers Federation and Dominican National Golf Team Coach, Los Marlins Golf School is open to every kind of players, from beginners and amateurs to experts.

MARLINS GOLF SCHOOL is specialized in checking and correcting these fundamentals in 1 to 3 days teaching courses.


Scuba Diving


The diving and snorkeling is good in the Boca Chica area, with the all-inclusive hotels offering swimming pool lessons for beginners and open water dives in the crystalline waters of the south coast. PADI certification courses are also available.

 

Wreck dives (Hickory and El Limon) are available in La Caleta National Underwater Park, not far from Boca Chica. Many divers prefer to take excursions out to Saona or Catalina Island for superior diving with unbelievable visibility among coral reefs and tropical fish.

Deep Sea Fishing
Deep sea fishing tours can be arranged at the excursion desks of hotels in Boca Chica.

 

Caribbean over the top?

Go to Pico Duarte, the highest caribbean mountain, over 3,100 meters.......another world.....

 


Shopping
In Boca Chica, the main shopping strip is one block up from and parallel to the beach. It’s only about 5 or 6 blocks long, but it has everything you need to take back home: rum, cigars, artwork, crafts etc. And if you need items like sunscreen, bug spray or sandals, you’ll find the prices better on Duarte Street than in the hotel shops. Some designer boutiques have begun to crop up, as well.

Most stores will accept pesos, US dollars, travelers checks or credit cards. Banco Popular at the far end of the shopping area has an ATM machine. There’s another bank machine directly in front of the Hamaca hotel and another in Boca Chica Beach Resort.

On the beach, shopping is an adventure. The goods come to you, usually in briefcases carried by friendly vendors.

Prices are usually inflated to take haggling into account. You can buy everything on the beach, from amber, larimar and silver jewelry to paintings to wood carvings to a manicure/pedicure, a massage or a head full of braids.

For a much wider selection, you can also make the short trip into Santo Domingo. But many tourists have said they got just as good prices in Boca Chica.


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