Santiago Dominican Republic nightlife
Most of the night life in Boca Chica takes place on Calle Duarte, which is the street that runs parallel to the beach, 1 block in. Which places are popular change from season to season, but one thing is for sure, night life in Boca Chica has two phases, 7-11pm and 11pm to 4am.
Early in the evening (7-11p), the main street of Calle Duarte has a very pleasant atmosphere. The street gets blocked off at both ends and becomes pedestrian only. Most of the restaurants are completely open on one side and extend their service into the sidewalk and street. The area is filled with people taking in dinner, having a drink, or strolling the street and browsing the shops. Merengue and Bachata, 2 styles of music popular in the Dominican Republic, fill the air. During this time you will see mostly tourist couples, families, and small children. It is completely safe and fun.
As midnight approaches, most of the restaurants are shutting down, most of the older tourists and families are heading back to their hotels, and the late night crowd is just starting to show up. The bars, which also spill out onto the street with tables and chairs, cause the street area to take on a block party atmosphere. Most of the bars are small places and completely open on the side facing the street. Several of the bars are mostly outdoors. The businesses run together one after another for a few blocks but only a few ever seem to draw a big crowd. By 2am, most of the local Dominicans that work at the nearby restaurants or that live in town or in nearby Andres start showing up and the nightlife of Boca Chica kicks into full gear. If you want to interact with the locals, this is the place to be. Crowds peak around 3am and start to thin out around 4am.
There is no dress code for any bar along the Boca Chica strip of Calle Duarte and the popular dress varies from casual to club-wear. Minors are not allowed in many bars but enforcement varies.
The very late night scene in Boca Chica has a charm all its own. The unique mix and interaction between the tourists and locals has many tourists coming back to this beach town year after year. It is perfectly safe and well patrolled by the police.
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