Category Archives: CULTURE

From Santo Domingo to Boca Chica and Juan Dolio: The City Dweller’s Beaches

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An easy twenty-minute drive or a US$1.50 guagua ride east of downtown Santo Domingo–the capital of the Dominican Republic, home to almost three million inhabitants–you’ll find a string of beautiful white sand beaches.

The most popular among them is Boca Chica. Despite its gritty streets and reputation for sex tourism, Boca Chica has a beach worthy of gracing tourism postcards and a Dominican beat that’s hard to resist. City dwellers love to escape here from the urban heat for a day, usually on Sundays, to cool off in Boca Chica’s shallow, reef-facing waters and picnic with family and friends.

Boca Chica’s buzz is also unique in all of the Dominican Republic–it’s difficult to think of a beach strip showcasing as much raw cultural flavor as well as all the quintessentially Dominican cacophony. Vendors, cafes, and fish shacks offering the renowned Boca Chica fried fish and yaniqueques line the shore. Bars and restaurants blast merengue and bachata, while families frolic in shallow waters and friends cool off with an ice cold Presidente after playing soccer on the beach. That’s just a slice of all that goes on on Boca Chica’s fine white

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Postcard of the Week: Happy Easter from the Dominican Republic

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Above: An ice cream vendor cycling down Santo Domingo’s famed Malecon or seafront George Washington Avenue.

Happy belated Easter to all who celebrated! It’s been a few weeks since my last blog update. I’ve been one busy bee, traveling from Belize all the way to the Dominican Republic, where I will be based for my next project: authoring a first edition of Moon Dominican Republic for Moon Travel Guides, scheduled for release in bookstores in Fall 2016.

This is going to be my third guidebook, and when I say first edition, I mean just that: I am writing all of the content from scratch from the beginning, rather than rewriting and modifying the majority of a previous manuscript. I have a lot of work ahead of me, but it’s an exciting opportunity and challenge.

I’ve started working on the book already, with a return to Santo Domingo. After that, I’ll be making my way all across the

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