Boca Chica
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This scenic beach is one of the closest beach resorts to Santo Domingo.
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1 contribution
May 2022 • Family
The Dominican Republic 🇩🇴 is the undisputed most popular destination in the Caribbean. If you want to have a great time with your family and friends and you like to be in a paradise with amazing people and food. I can’t wait to go back this place is just breath taking.
Written 8 July 2022
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KEK256
Austin, TX64 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Holy cow. I don’t understand why I was referred to this beach. I was told it was a great place for snorkeling. That the area was beautiful. I have been to many beautiful places in the world and Boca Chica is not one of them. The streets have piles and piles of rotting, dirty trash everywhere. It had a crazy amount of panhandlers that were doing everything they could to get you to pay them for things. People trying to clean your car windows, sell you things they are carrying, trying to lead you into parking spaces, and prostitutes approaching men. It was crazy! The beaches were so crowded because the restaurants basically sit next to the water. Panhandlers approach you as you are sitting and eating. We could not relax. We were on high alert the whole time. The beach area has a rock wall just offshore separating the swimming area from the rest of the ocean. We left our Airbnb 5 days early and lost money just to get out of there. We are now on the Northern coast at Sosua Beach and are so relieved. It is beautiful here.
Written 17 June 2022
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Apr 2022
Boca Chica SUCKS!!!!!!
I wanted to get my daughter's nails done, so we left Hamaca Be Live and walked past the fish market to a nail shop/barberhop. Men were literally hounding my 15 year old for sex. I had to slap an old American ex-pat and got into a shouting match with another old american ex-pat. The entire area is disgusting. STAY AWAY!
Written 9 April 2022
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AlexSh
159 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
Do NOT waste your time! One of the filthiest beaches on this planet. We drove there and parked at the public car park. The moment we got out of the car we were embraced by the most horrific smell you can ever imagine🤮🤮🤮🤮 The trash bins were covered in rotten garbage, I don't think they have been emptied since before the pandemic. Lots of dirty "restaurants" and filth everywhere. It's such a shame because otherwise it would have been a great beach (palmtrees, calm cristal clear water).
Written 31 January 2022
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Nancy G
Miami, FL68 contributions
Nov 2021
Do not go! I mean it ,do not take this place as a family or couple vacation!!Place is full of prostitutes, beggars and thieves to say the least.Beach is as filthy as it can be, most of restaurants are a scam,they prey on tourist!Nightlife is the most vicious and dangerous you can expect.Theres' police at night but it doesn't make a difference and exactly at midnight they take the streets to send every soul home and they do it by screaming and I mean this.Theres nothing positive about the place.You are lucky if you don't get Robbed or fall pray of a scam.Our Uber driver was surprised we were recommended to come this place because even near the area locals avoid it.The amount of homeless animals is overwhelming as well.
Written 7 January 2022
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Siji CJ F
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Nov 2021 • Friends
Scammed USD $200 for 3 fried fish (Pescado) and Pina Coladas. Thieves, Liars and more thieves. The prostitutes, beggars, hustlers and street urchins join the party too. It really is a cocktail of the lowest scum from DR, worst still if they could charge you for this lowlife cocktail they would!!! Best part is that it’s barely a beach (filthy and no sand to just chill as it’s all taken up by scam restaurant umbrellas). Like most things in Dominican Republic nothing is as it seems, never has a country been so set up to bite the hand that feeds them (tourists). Now you might think this is an overreaction, so let me explain, the most popular scam at Boca Chica is the food menu, the locals act friendly and get you to order something (most popular is Fried Fish (Pescado))

The Scam, they give you a menu with different prices, and the fish is sold by the pound, they then claim you ordered a certain number of pounds which you didn’t, when all is said and done you have a bill that is soo high you can’t believe it. Police watch on and no one gets involved most likely getting a piece of the action, the air turns menacing if you dispute.

Trip advisor should really put a warning on this place as the reviews makes it look acceptable.
Written 23 November 2021
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Leonard F
London, England, United Kingdom4 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
I’ll start by saying DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT go to Boca Chica beach. It was probably the worst travel experience I have ever had and I’m a seasoned traveler.

I went to the beach with my brother and a friend, we were marked as soon as we got out of the taxi and they pestered us until we sat down at a table, at one of the local restaurants on the beach.

The beach is 95% covered by these types of restaurants so you really don’t have a choice but to sit down at one of them. Once we sat down the badgering commenced from everyone trying to sell massages and bar braids and anything else they could think of. They simply wouldn’t take no for an answer and kept touching you regardless of how many times you said no.

Now to the main story, we decided to order a drink and some fried fish. A menu was put before us and we ordered some food. The food came and we managed to eat it in between fighting off the vendors and hawkers trying to sell us all sorts of things.

We asked for the bill and to our surprise, the bill bill came to about 9800 DOP which is about 170 USD.

I’m from London and regularly dine out in soho and other nice areas and my bill doesn’t come to this.

We asked for the menu to be brought back and they brought a different menu with the prices much higher than the menu we ordered from.

The bill also included a 30% mark up for taxes and service charge, in addition to several areas where they had clearly padded the bill and were caught out.

We argued and they got aggressive fast, there was a real threat of violence in the air.

We clearly hadn’t brought out that sort of money to the beach. So they ended up taking one of my friends around Boca Chica on a motor bike to find the money.

I’m sure the whole thing was from every store but I noticed one of the women was wearing a green top with “Mamacita” written on the back of her top.

The whole ordeal was quite scary and upsetting as it was starting to get dark fast.

In summary, just stay always because these scams are supported by the local law enforcement and will only get more desperate as fewer tourist come to the beach.

If after all I have said you absolutely must go, just take your own food and drink. And make clear you don’t want anything from them
Written 22 November 2021
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gwynfor h
Port Talbot, UK5 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
Painful ear damaging noise on beach all day . Impossible to relax or have a chat. Sea dirty and contaminated. Vendors non stop nuisance. In the evening there are some nice places to eat if you can get through the crowds of hookers preying on unsuspecting Gringos. Main evening entertainment is guessing which gringo will be robbed by a chica or the nightly raids by paramilitary police, who walk around with shotguns and automatic rifles, on poor illegal Haitians.
Written 13 November 2021
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297carlj
Brooklyn, NY332 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
My wife and I were fortunate to catch a few days of sun in Boca Chica despite the unfortunate hurricaines.

The tide was high and you could walk out 200 yards. Beautiful crystal greenish blue water. Hot sun glaring off the water and intimate for couples who love the salt water.

We usually post up at Bocana Restaurant. We grab a table to order appetizers and bask on the lounge chairs the restaurant provides. You can purchase food (grilled or fried fish) further up the beach for half the price and its so worth it......we actually walked over grabbed some pescado and fries and ate with some other appetizers at our table.

We were staying in Hotel Palacio in the Colonial Zone and took a cab for $2000 RT. The cabbie dropped us off at 10am and we told them to pick us up at 2:30pm.

Perfect Weekend
Written 9 October 2021
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richj65
Chicago, IL1,120 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
Family friendly place with a many activities to do. Restaurants for any budget and the vendors are not too aggressive. Not one the best beaches the Dominican Republic has to offer but still enjoyable.
Written 3 October 2021
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