Boca Chica is the most popular beach and close to capital Santo Domingo.
The beach is surrounded by a large coral reef is a spectacular turquoise water and covers up about one kilometer inside. Off shore and inside the reef, there are two small islands. At about the center is a mangrove named La Matica, or "Little Bush". There is very little firm ground on this mangrove but it is home to thousands of birds called "garzas" (herons). On the very far west end of the cove lies the island of Los Pinos, or "The Pines". This island is larger and has plenty of firm land.
Directly across from this island towards the main shore is an old but still operating sugar factory, a key source of employment for the town of Andrés, often called "Andrés de Boca Chica". Also across the shore is a marina, home to many large yachts, a Dominican Customs facility for use by the large freighters that arrive here at the port of Andrés, and there is a good stretch of beach called Playa Andrés that covers the distance between the marina and Boca Chica Beach.
These geographical features create what has been described as a great big swimming pool. In addition to swimming, watersports like snorkeling, waterskiing, paddle boating, kayaking, windsurfing and jet skiing, take place. At night the town comes alive with incredible dining and nightlife options. Popular excursions include trips to the capital; diving at La Caleta Submarine National Park, Saona or Catalina Island; horseback riding; deep-sea fishing; or watching one of the daily baseball games taking place at Calle del Sur.
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