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Why This Dominican Republic Beach District Is Exploding In Popularity Right Now

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The Dominican Republic is full of spectacular beachside resort destinations.

While many of them are located in Punta Cana, a coastal town near the country’s capital Santo Domingo is soaring in popularity this spring.

Aerial view of the Juan Dolio resort area

This Santo Domingo Resort District Welcoming Record Amount Of Travelers

Boca Chica is an idyllic resort destination situated just 40 minutes from the heart of the Dominican Republic’s bustling capital Santo Domingo.

The coastal town is skyrocketing in popularity this year as travelers seek new exciting destinations to explore. 

The neighborhood is known for its quaint tropical ambiance and excellent white-sand beaches, which have become popular thanks to their proximity to the country’s capital. 

A white-sand beach near Santo Domingo

One of Boca Chica’s top-rated beaches is Juan Dolio, a white-sand beach that stretches for miles.

Even though the destination has been popular for quite some time, this year, the beach and its surrounding neighborhood are attracting more travelers than ever before.

Boca Chica’s beaches are some of the most visited in the Dominican Republic. Surrounded by an array of all-inclusive resorts, bars, and restaurants, travelers can find fine local culture and delightful tropical views. 

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A resort area in Santo Domingo with palm trees

Despite lacking Punta Cana’s travel clout, Boca Chica ticks some impressive boxes.

The coastal destination is home to over 5000 hotel rooms, 80 restaurants, and the country’s largest port, Multimodal Caucedo.  

Holdelpa, one of the largest domestic hospitality firms in the country, owns and operates several top-rated properties in Boca Chica.

Hodelpa Garden Suites is one of the largest hotels in the area, offering family-friendly amenities and a gorgeous outdoor pool.

A sunset view from a small hotel in Santo Domingo

Visitors can also find smaller accommodations and boutique hotels in the city, including the top-rated Tritón Hotel Boutique & Restaurant, featuring some of the best ocean views in town. 

Boca Chica is also a hotspot for all sorts of aquatic activities – especially diving. A number of high-quality, family-run establishments operate in the city, including Tripadvisor’s Travelers’ Choice-awarded Tropical Sea Divers, offering diving courses for beginners and experts. 

A tourist diving in the colourful reefs of the Dominican Republic

While hotels and resorts in Punta Cana are reporting occupancy rates of well over 80%, Boca Chica offers significantly cheaper rates.

Its proximity to Santo Domingo also makes it a great choice for culture and history lovers, who can admire the capital’s centuries-long history. 

Travelers can easily visit Boca Chica from Santo Domingo by taxi, with a one-way trip costing around $31 to $37.

Visitors can also opt for bus transfers, which cost just $4 from Santo Domingo’s main bus station Asochombca.

Boca Chica Implements Spring Security Strategy 

Officials in the small town are stepping up security efforts ahead of what they are predicting to be a record-breaking spring season.

According to Fermín Brito, the municipality’s mayor, authorities will be adding more staff to maintain cleanliness and order.

A white-sand beach in the Juan Dolio resort area

Despite being one of the safest Caribbean destinations, the Dominican Republic is sparing no effort in preventing crime from affecting travelers.

Boca Chica is one of the many domestic destinations to receive massive deployments from the National Police and tourist police agency. 

Earlier this week, officials from the country’s tourism ministry announced a massive security operation that will last for the Easter holidays. Over 42,000 law enforcement personnel will be deployed across the country to protect travelers. 

Visitors flocking to the Dominican Republic over the coming weeks are urged to follow basic safety precautions, such as avoiding carrying valuables in public and opting for centrally-located resorts. 

Tourist police agent standing in front of an old building

Swimming safety has also been a hot topic in the Dominican Republic this year, with several reports of drownings and close calls.

Travelers should always ascertain weather conditions before heading out for a swim and opt for public beaches that have on-duty lifeguards.

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