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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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A Raggamuffin Birthday in Belize

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I have a good excuse for staying offline, folks! Last Wednesday was my birthday.

It gets more challenging each year to come up with a fun, memorable way to celebrate, this being my fourth birthday in Belize. My friend Stacy, however, who loves to explore as much as I do, suggested that we hop on Raggamuffin Tours’ popular three day overnight sailing trip from Caye Caulker all the way south to Placencia.

Three days drifting along Belize’s Caribbean Sea? It was a no brainer.

She signed us up early on but unfortunately, got tied up with work and wasn’t able to make it. So off I went for three days at sea, ready to unplug.

Knowing most of the islands and areas on the itinerary, I was eager to immerse in the natural beauty of the south coast and reef yet again. But I wondered what it might be like to sail on a catamaran for three days and Continue reading »