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Boca Chica could become Dominican Republic's fifth cruise port destination

Tourism officials in the Dominican Republic are thinking over plans to construct a new cruise port to keep up with the demand of cruise passengers. Officials say that the port will be located in the city of Boca Chica, and will be the country's fifth cruise facility. Boca Chica sits east of Santo Domingo and is home to white sand beaches and the La Matica island.

Boca Chica could become Dominican Republic's fifth cruise port destination

A statement from the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism has revealed that officials are thinking over plans to build a new cruise port in the island nation. The town of Boca Chica is in the pipeline to get the new facility to keep up with the demand of cruise tourists.

Located east of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Boca Chica would be the country’s fifth port. The nation already has cruise ports in Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata’s Amber Cove, La Romana and San Souci.

Talks have taken place to transform the Port of Andres into a new cruise facility, and Boca Chica mayor, Radhamez Castro, has already met with the country’s foreign minister Miguel Vargas to discuss the plans. The project is said to be significant for the development of tourism in Boca Chica.

Port administrator Anibal Rosario is keen to transform the town into a thriving cruise destination. Many hoteliers, restaurateurs and other local businesses are also in favour of the development. Mr Rosario, commented: 

“This pier is practically destroyed because we are only receiving two ships every 10 days, …so we fully agree with this initiative of businessmen and municipal authorities.”

Mr Rosario also added:

“Boca Chica also has all the necessary conditions for foreign visitors arriving in the Dominican Republic from different destinations.”

Boca Chica is a tropical destination that is home to powder-soft white sand beaches, turquoise sea, and tranquil lagoons. The town also boasts the La Matica islet which is covered in mangroves and haven for birds and wildlife. Water-loving holidaymakers can also explore the sunken shipwrecks and be thriving coral reefs at the La Caleta Underwater Park.

Boca Chica is just under an hour from Santo Domingo the capital of the Dominican Republic. In the colonial city, tourists can visit popular attractions including the Alcazar de Colon museum, Museum of Duarte, and the Museo del Ron Dominicano which transforms into a vibrant rum bar in the evenings. Historic attractions include Columbus's Lighthouse, and well-preserved 15th and 16th-century architecture, including Iglesia Regina Angelorum and the Convento de Los Dominicos.

The historic city blends the old with the new and is considered to be one of the most cosmopolitan destinations in the Caribbean. Divided by the Ozama River, the city is home to Victorian houses, cobbled streets lined with trees, upscale hotels, and world-class casinos.

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