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The Beaches

Boca Chica, Guayacanes & Juan Dolio just 45mins away.

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Santo Domingo’s Beaches
Submitted by dr1guide on August 1, 2009 – 10:40 pm5 Comments

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Located 20 miles (30 kms) east of Santo Domingo and 2 miles (a bit over 3 kms) east of Las Americas International Airport, Boca Chica has reserved the right of being the capital’s “city beach”. As with any city beach, expect large crowds on weekends and many vendors selling everything from massages to seafood to necklaces. The beach is quiet during the week as well as in the late afternoon after the crowds head back to the city.

Boca Chica Beach is famous for its powdery white sand and some of the Dominican Republic’s calmest waters, thanks to a coral reef that protects the beach from big breakers, creating a large natural lagoon that is perfect for wading and making it safe for children and non swimmers. People are also drawn to the beach for its famous fried fish (see article). But there are also many sea-front restaurants that promise delicious seafood served with a touch of sea salt spray and views that make for excellent photo souvenirs.

Guayacanes Beach
About 8 miles (13 kms) east of Boca Chica is the small town of Guayacanes. The town’s beach can also get pretty crowded on the weekends with a mix mainly of locals and some tourists, but its calm inviting waters and the absence of large resorts only adds to its small village appeal. Much like Boca Chica, the beach is less crowded on weekdays. A spattering of good restaurants is also a big draw, bringing in capital city dwellers for a day outing.

Juan Dolio Beach
About 2 miles (3 kms) east of Guayacanes, Juan Dolio Beach is much more laid back and hassle-free compared to Boca Chica as the large crowds and vendors are not as present. The beach is also more spacious, thanks in part to a government beach regeneration project completed in 2007. In relation to Boca Chica though, Juan Dolio’s waters are rougher and the underwater sand less smooth due to some seaweed and dead coral scattered about in some parts. Nevertheless, its large expanse of shoreline allows for a relaxing day at the beach with plenty of space to stretch out under the sun. Juan Dolio is undergoing a major real estate boom, with luxury high-rise buildings under construction, as promoters seek to sell the wonderful views to snowbirds and locals who want their own place on the beach. Its many good restaurants keep visitors coming back to the area.

Boardwalk Fisherman

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  • Se habla español says:

    coño será que estos “site” tendra sus enlazes en español que ladilla toda la informacion de la republica dominicana es ingles..

    tambien existe turistas españoles

  • dr1guide says:

    For the time being our publication is in English, although we hope to expand to Spanish in the future. Thanks for your comment! / Por ahora, nuestra publicación esta en inglés pero esperamos hacerla en español en el futuro. Gracias por su comentario!

  • Ausente says:

    Where are the PICTURES!!!!!

    It would be nice if there were more pictures. Remember, une picture says more than a thoutsand words.

    Thank you.

  • dr1guide says:

    Thanks for the comment. We’re hard at work on the 2nd edition of the guide with more photos and content. We’ll make sure we get more on the site as well.

  • Diana says:


    Queria felicitarlos por su buen trabajo con la guia de santo domingo. Estamos esperando ansiosamente la proxima edicion. Muy bonito todo y le deseo lo mejor:)

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