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a few meters from the center and Duarte
Boca Chica beach

Boca Chica has a beautiful white sand beach, one mile long, with hotels, restaurants overlooking the sea, boats for deep sea fishing, diving centers, calm, warm and clear water, protected by coral reefs.

Excellent conditions of the sea, according to the swimmers and to the report of the Environment and Public Health Ministry.

How does the beach

Sunbeds, umbrellas (but there are also palm trees) free for customers of the many restaurants, bars and pizzerias beachfront, along the coast. Alternatively, large areas of free beach with the possibility to buy with $3/4 (US), about 100-150 pesos, excellent dishes of fresh tropical fruits.

The choise goes from the simplicity of the dominicans shacks where buy yaniqueques (similar to fried dumplings) with $1/2 (US), about 25 pesos, to the high quality of the restaurant Sporting Club by Michele.

blue water, clear water, the thousand colors of Boca Chica bay
Las Palmeras Apartments from $50 (US) per apt. per night
1 / 2 / 3 A/C bedrooms, 1 / 2 / 3 bathrooms
in the most exclusive area of Boca Chica
Villas Las Estrellas from $120 (US) per villa per night
2 A/C bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, private parking

The Beach

Boca Chica Beach, one of the most interesting beaches in Dominican Republic

It is a real show, with the scene changing all the time.

The Caribbean sea beyond the reef is a deep azure blue contrasting with the shallow Boca Chica Bay which depending on the breeze, the clouds and the angle of the sun the sea varies between a deep sky-blue and an intense blue-green to an unbelievable white in the shallows near the shore.

If compared to the beaches along the north coast (Puerto Plata, Sosua, Cabarete, Playa Dorada), the sand is whiter and softer and the water is calmer, clearer, warmer and shallower.

The fantastic virgin beaches of Las Terrenas on the north side of the Samana peninsula are wider, windy and wild. 

But if you are looking for a beach providing  all kind of services, come to Boca Chica.

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Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, is located on the southern coast of the island of Hispaniola, which is shared with Haiti.

Boca Chica's beach is truly unique. It is a large cove approximately 1 mile wide.

400 yards offshore the beach is protected by a reef in the shape of a giant semi-circle that extends from end to end beyond the water's surface and completely surrounds the cove, forming a giant self cleaning natural salt-water pool with depths averaging 3-4 feet.


The reef acts as a natural break wall to the Caribbean Sea, so the cove is typically calm.

Inside the reef, the water is crystal clear, continuously filtered and fed by a series of natural underground springs and flushed by the daily tides.

Boca Chica Bay is a natural "swimming pool in the sea" where you can swim, walk, and catch the rays to your hearts content.

As you enter the sea from the beach the water is ankle deep. 100 yards offshore it is two or three feet deep with nothing but smooth clean sand underfoot. As one approaches the middle, there is a stretch of 100 yards or so where the water depth reaches 6 feet, but it quickly returns to just a few feet in depth and slowly decreases until it is again ankle deep as one approaches the natural reef.

This naturally calm, clear, and shallow water makes it ideal for all sorts of water sports and swimming.

It is great for banana boat rides kayaks, paddle boats, jet ski, water skiing.

banana boat
paddle boat
jet ski
water safe for small children

Jet skis are restricted to the far end of the beach, away from the hotels and swimmers. The water is especially safe for small children.


There is a well organized dock for deep sea fishing boats in front of the Don Juan and Arena Coco Playa Hotel ex Coco Beach.


The sand along the shore varies in appearance from a light tan to white, depending on the angle of the sun.


The beach is unusually flat for easy walking, varying between 40 to 100 yards wide. There is lots of open space.

You can hang up and down along the beach and the show goes on...

On Sundays and holidays, the beach gets can be crowded, as many Dominicans families come from Santo Domingo to enjoy the beach, but by Monday morning  the beach is quiet and tranquil and cleaned of debris left from the Sunday crowds.


The rest of the week is equally quiet until Saturday, when the beach attracts more visitors.

mangrove islands

Off shore but inside the reef, there are two small islands. In the center is a mangrove islet named La Matica, or "Little Bush".

There is very little firm ground on this mangrove but it is home to thousands of "garzas," birds, herons in English.

Many visitors enjoy wading out to the shore of the mangrove to bird watch or just relax as the water off-shore is only a couple feet deep as it recedes gently along a soft and smooth sand bar.

A narrow waterway cuts through the center of the mangrove and curious visitors like to pass through it for a better look at the mangrove interior.

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