The Boca Chica beach is the closest beach to Santo Domingo and is thus considered the capital’s main beach. Stretching for about a mile and featuring stunning white sand and Prussian blue waters, the beach is the perfect swimming spot for families. The beach also plays host to several annual volleyball tournaments and sailing contests. You can also go scuba diving and treat your eyes to the abundant marine life in the reefs around the beach. The beach is lined with several restaurants where authentic seafood and fresh fish can be enjoyed while dipping your toes in the sand and the upscale beach clubs will give you a chance to enjoy seafront dining and swimming off lounge decks. A wade away from the beach lies La Matica, a mangrove cay which houses several species of birds including herons. Here you can enjoy bird watching and catch a glimpse of some rare birds which fly to the cay only during particular seasons.