Technically, Boca Chica is not a part of Sto Dgo. It is a little town neighboring Sto Dgo, but since the capital doesn’t really have a swim worthy beach it has more or less been adopted. It has a bad reputation, which is understandable. I can rarely stand more than a couple of days in a row here. It’s filled with tourists, vendors, prostitution and whatnot. But, for a day or two, I still think it’s worth it.
We usually stay on the beach side closest to the Hamaca hotel. There are less people here, hardly any tourists at all, and Mr P took his diving certificate here at Tropical Sea Divers. The water is pretty shallow here, which of course made it a great place for Little A to play. The beach was one of few places where I could hang out with Little A without having to run around like crazy. He loved playing with the sand and in the water. He spent so much time in the water (both in the beach and our big plastic pool once we moved into the house) that it became the place outside of home where I didn’t need to worry about him (which doesn’t mean that I didn’t watch him, of course I did, but I didn’t need to worry). And I loved being able to take a break from the city, and lay in the water under the palm trees, just a 15-30 minutes drive away.
We stayed at a few of the cheap hotels here, the only one worth naming was only a few streets from the beach – Hotel Casa Coco. It’s run by a cute, older French couple. The rooms are good, with ac and wifi. There’s a pool and a cute little resto-bar where you can have food and drinks. The couple were so sweet with Little A and brought him more juice when he spilled his (which happened all the time because he moves around so much all the time) and very patient. I definitely recommend it.
We stayed at a cute hotel with my mom as well, (will update when I know the name), but it was more expensive and not really walking distance from the beach. The Hotel Hamaca is one of the more expensive hotels in the area, and we never stayed there. Family who did said it was fine, but nothing special. In my opinion, if you want a nicer hotel Boca Chica isn’t the place to do it. It’s a great escape from the city, so you know you’re in the Caribbean. But it’s definetly a budget place, and can absolutely be enjoyed that way. Whenever we stayed here we ate pica pollo, bought fresh juice from a lovely woman a few blocks away from the beach, and stayed at hotels only because we needed a place to sleep. The rest of the day was spent at the beach. Just as it should be.