Boca Chica is considered the capital’s main beach. Stretching a near mile long, this bustling stretch is well protected by a large coral reef, and its shallow turquoise waters—not more than four feet in depth—make it a favorite for families.
A second visible cay from Boca Chica Beach is Los Pinos, boasting a sandbar with a backdrop of pine trees. A boat ride is recommended to reach this plot, rather than a swim. The waters are shallow, but get deeper in the channel that separates it from the Santo Domingo Yacht Club and the Marina Zar-Par. Los Pinos is a favorite of standup paddle surfers, as well as Optimist and Sunfish sailors.