All-Inclusive Resort on Boca Chica Beach
Just a quarter-mile offshore at Boca Chica Beach, a half-moon-shaped reef surrounds a cove, creating natural saltwater swimming pools. The clear, calm waters—fed by a series of underground springs—have depths of only 3–4 feet, and contrast sharply with the deep, azure blue of the rest of the sea. Paired with fine white sands, these pools have made Boca Chica one of the Dominican Republic’s most popular beaches. Don Juan Beach Resort’s pastel buildings sit right on the shoreline, facing the sea and surrounded by coconut and almond trees.
With the resort’s all-inclusive package, everything is taken care of, including house alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks, all meals, and snacks. Frommer’s calls Don Juan “the best resort for those who want to pursue an active watersports program,” and for good reason. Windsurfing and sailing are popular and free for guests, and the hotel provides all necessary equipment. The resort also offers free bicycles and tennis equipment, and can help set up several optional activities, from horseback riding to scuba diving.
In the morning, you can watch the sun rise from a junior suite’s balcony, which overlooks the ocean or the resort's lush tropical garden. A Captain Club’s room comes with mahogany furnishings, bathrobes, and whirlpool bathtubs. Cool off at the giant outdoor pool steps from the beach while sitting atop built-in underwater benches or sipping tropical drinks from one of two pool bars. Exchange flip-flops for heels or moon boots to dine at the reservations-only La Caleta Restaurant, where you can watch the sun set.
Boca Chica: Famous White Beaches Close to Santo Domingo
Boca Chica is located on the Dominican Republic’s southeastern shore. The capital city, Santo Domingo, is just a 30-minute drive away, but Boca Chica draws vacationers year round in search of perpetual sun and partying. By day, you can sleep on the sand or rent a banana boat and tour the sea; by night, dance parties abound at local bars and restaurants.
Santo Domingo, Boca Chica’s calmer counterpart, is rich with history—it’s the oldest European city in the Americas, and its streets are famous for being narrow, cobblestoned, and twisty. If you're heading here, check out Alcazar de Colon, the home and museum of Christopher Columbus's family, built in 1514 and located in the city’s Colonial Zone. The oldest cathedral in the Americas—Catedral de Santa María la Menor—also has its home here.