La Vie Nocturne.
La majorité de la vie nocturne de Boca Chica se déroule dans la Calle Duarte, la rue parallèle à la plage, à un pâté de maisons de cette dernière. Les endroits à la mode changent chaque saison, mais il y a quand même une constante : la vie nocturne se passé en deux étapes, de 19 à 23 heures et de 23 à 4 heures
En début de soirée (de 19 à 23 heures), la calle Duarte a une ambiance des plus agréables. Les deux extrémités de la rue sont barrées et elle se transforme en voie exclusivement piétonne. La plupart des restaurants sont grand ouverts et vous servent sur le trottoir et la rue. L'endroit est rempli de personnes mangeant un bout, prenant un verre ou se balladant en faisant du lèche-vitrine. Les notes de Merengue et de Bachata, les deux genres musicaux les plus populaires de République dominicaine, remplissent l'air. A ces heures, vous rencontrerez surtout des couples de touristes, des familles et de jeunes enfants. Vous vous y amuserez beaucoup, en toute sécurité.
A l'approche de minuit, la majorité des restaurants ferment leurs portes, la plupart des touristes plus âgés et des familles rentrent dans leurs hotels et les oiseaux de nuit commencent à déployer leurs ailes. Les bars, qui installent également leurs terrasses dans la rue, donnent un petit air de fête de quartier à la rue. La plupart d'entre eux sont assez petit, complètement ouverts côté rue. Plusieurs de ceux-ci sont presque entièrement à l'air libre. Les commerces succédent aux commerces sur plusieurs rues, mais peu d'entre eux semblent attirer la grande foule. Vers 2 heures du matin, la majorité des dominicains travaillant dans les restaurants du coin ou vivant en ville ou encore dans le village voisin d'Andrés commencent à sortir et la vie nocturne de Boca Chica peut alors exploser. Si vous désirez vous mêler à la population locale, c'est là que vous devez aller. L'ambiance culmine vers 3 heures du matin et vers 4 heures la foule commence à diminuer.
Il n'y a aucune obligation vestimentaire à Boca Chica, quel que soit le bar de la Calle Duarte et les tenues vont du vêtement de tous les jours aux tenues chics. De nombreux bars refusent les mineurs d'âge, mais les réglements varient.
Les scènes que l'on peut voir au petit matin à Boca Chica ont un charme tout particulier. Ce mélange unique et les relations entre touristes et population locale font que de nombreux touristes reviennent dans cette station chaque année. Vous y sentirez en toute sécurité, les patrouilles de polices étant particulièrement vigilantes.
For those that want a more controlled atmosphere, the Hamaca Resort has their own disco. It is all-inclusive so guests entering pay one price (US$10) and that includes all domestic drinks once inside. Imported drinks are extra. This is a typical carpet, chrome, and mirror disco with a modern lighting and sound system. The dress code here is "nice", and on some of the crowded nights during high season, entrance becomes restricted to hotel guests only. Hotel guests are admitted free as part of their all-inclusive package. This is the best place for couples or visitors that prefer not to venture out into the main street. This bar has the nicest decor of any place in Boca Chica and non-guests of the hotel are admitted at the management's discretion.
This bar is for mingling, as the back bar is in a large circular shape. In the front is a small area with tables and chairs and the main bar, which also services the tables and chairs set out onto the street.
Plaza Isla Bonita opened a new beach bar in August. It is currently a quiet place to have a drink on the beach. As of this writing, it is one of only two bars where patrons can party at night directly on the beach but the government has announced that soon the beach will get night lighting in hopes of keeping customers on the beach after sundown.
Directly next to the soon-to-open Plaza Isla Bonita, La Cueva (the cave) is a narrow and long bar with a dance floor situated in the middle section. The front section is flanked by a bar along the entire length of one wall and the back section is outfitted with tables for a more private atmosphere. Most of this bar is outdoors, with the only roof being over the long bar and the dance floor. This bar has lost popularity in the late part of 1999 and early part of 2000 but is expected to regain popularity as the new Laser disco starts drawing crowds to its end of the street and with the new opening of Plaza Isla Bonita.
The newest disco in Boca Chica opened in October 2000. It has both indoor and outdoor areas and a modern lighting and sound system. It is the only place on the main strip with air conditioning and its walls are painted with creative murals. Top shelf liquor is available here and the Presidente beers are service ice cold.
The Laser Disco outdoor seating area serves fresh barbecued pork the size of T-bone steaks, late into the night.
A small bar owned by Germans who are every bit a part of the party. This is the place to go with a small group of friends when you don't want to get lost in the crowds but still want good music and loud fun. Classic Rock and Roll is played here and there is a raised dance floor for when the mood strikes. One can sit on stools inside or outside and there are usually several tables with chairs set up in the street as well. This is my favorite place when I want to get away from the crowds, get some fresh air, and listen to great music.
Cosmos (formerly, La Noria, and prior to that, Alcatraz).
A warehouse style disco that attracts mostly singles and plays a variety of dance music. Until the opening of the new Laser Disco, this was the most popular late night bar in Boca Chica. As high season kicks in December 2000, this place should again be filled wall to wall, usually after 2am.
Located on Calle Juan Bautista Vicini near the highway (next to Hotel Label), this disco is one of the few in Boca Chica that has air conditioning. They frequently charge a small cover charge, are rarely crowded, and are located about 6 blocks north of the main strip of Calle Duarte. This disco has a nice decor and is mostly frequented by Dominicans. This bar has been closed for the slow season but may reopen in November as tourism starts to pick up.
One of the most attractively decorated bars in Boca Chica, this place sports a theme of nostalgia from the famous Route 66 highway that runs across the middle of the USA. Classic rock and roll is played here and occasionally there is a live band. Drinks are a bit more expensive here, commensurate with the atmosphere, and all top-shelf brands can be found. This is a fun spot for couples and small groups of friends that aren't into getting overly rowdy.
Located directly on the beach at the end farthest from the Hamaca Beach Resort. This outdoor bar is on the sand with palm hut style canopies over tables mounted to the canopy trunks. This bar is mostly popular with tourist and Dominican couples.
A small bar, next to the popular La Noria Disco and across the street from the La Criolla restaurant. This is a great place for people watching, as the bar straddles the street with half of its seating being indoors and the other half in an open air section that expands across the sidewalk and street. It's location next to one of the popular discos and across the street from the city's most popular late night eatery makes it a popular gathering place from 11pm until 1am. Staffed with waitresses that give prompt, friendly, and at times animated service, this is a closing point for the early evening crowd and starting point for much of the late night crowd. At Zanzi Bar, purchase fresh pastries, deserts, hot sandwiches, espresso, cappuccino, and every type of top shelf liquor.