Friday, November 18, 2005
What, No Beach?
Donde esta la playa? People that visit Santo Domingo for the first time are often surprised to discover that there is no beach inside the city-proper. But, fret not! Boca Chica is just a 25 minute drive away. There are shuttle services available, cabs are reasonable, or maybe you'd like to be adventurous and ride the autobus. However you get there, you will surely have a great time in Boca Chica.
There are a variety of shops and restaurants in the quaint little town. But one doesn't have to leave the beach to eat or get souvenirs. There are vendors/peddlers that frequent the beach and quite a few nice places to chill and have seafood, Italian, caribbean, American, even asian cuisine.
The beach itself is scenic and expansive. It offers affordable hotels and villas, as well as more expensive resorts. Just don't expect to use their facilities when you're on a day trip. Most of them require you to be a guest just to take a whiz. So, be prepared to hold your breath for as long as it takes you to use the public toilet.
I enjoy Boca Chica on Sundays. That's when the locals frequent the beach. After all, that's why I travel. Who wants to see a bunch of tourists. Do be careful though. There's everything from shoeshine boys, the "braid your hair" girls, hookers and the like. It's all part of the experience.
If "no" doesn't get rid of them, try using the word "policia". Usually works like a charm. LOL