Juan Dolio, a little village located on the South coast of the Dominican Republic, features some excellent resorts, small independent hotels and a large number of fine restaurants that secured Juan Dolio a reputation for being a culinary hotspot. Juan Dolio enjoys the loyalty of a large group of repeat visitors who are attracted to the town’s laid back character and welcoming atmosphere. Golfers of all levels will love the nearby 18-hole Los Marlins Golf Course. Juan Dolio has the best close-by beach to Santo Domingo although I must say that swimming can be slightly uncomfortable due to the rocky shoreline. more...
This south coast beach town still did not make it to the big leagues of Dominican Republic tourist destinations but certainly has plenty to offer! Juan Dolio has a boulevard, which actually is part of highway 3 that connects the south coast beach towns with Santo Domingo, a main street where most restaurants and the smaller independent hotels are located as well as an excellent white-sand beach. Villas Del Mar is the area of Juan Dolio where you will find the all-inclusive hotels that mainly cater to families and couples in search for a quiet holiday experience. A long offshore reef breaks the strongest waves and offers shelter to numerous fish, which is fantastic if you like snorkeling. The rather rocky shoreline can be uncomfortable to swimmers; therefore I recommend wearing water shoes.
In my opinion, Juan Dolio is best suited for people who want to relax at the beach but like to “spice things up” by taking various day trips. It’s proximity to the capital Santo Domingo, the magnificent beach town La Romana and the capital of Dominican baseball; San Pedro de Macoris makes it possible to experience something distinctly different every day. A cheap and fun way to travel to these towns is taking a bus or “gua gua”. Public transportation is a good way to get in contact with the locals and serves as an interesting alternative to the regular sightseeing tours that only drive you past “destination highlights”. Renting a car is another great way to explore the town’s surroundings.
Juan Dolio attracts holidaymakers with distinct different interests of those who choose neighboring Boca Chica. Although the Juan Dolio hotels, bars and restaurants offer decent nightly entertainment, it is Boca Chica where you find the real buzzing if not rather steamy nightlife scene. For shopping I recommend a trip to San Pedro de Macoris, just 9 kilometers east of Juan Dolio or Santo Domingo.
How to get there and around
The best airport to fly into is Santo Domingo’s Las Americas International Airport. A bus, taxi or rental car will get you to Juan Dolio, a rather small town that can be perfectly covered on foot. Moto Conchos, or motorcycle taxis will take you everywhere you want to go.
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Tours and excursions
If you stay in Juan Dolio for more than a few days, I recommend you visit Santo Domingo, the first city in the New World that embraces an unparalleled history, culture and loads of excitement. Like almost everywhere in the Dominican Republic, there are endless amounts of excursions available that include mountain biking, hiking or white water rafting in Jarabacoa, a visit to the picture perfect Saona Island/Catalina Islands and scuba diving or deep sea fishing right of the coast. The all-inclusive resorts are probably the best place to find your favorite options. Boca Chica, located 30 km towards the capital Santo Domingo, is a completely different beach town that offers a happening night scene, which you fill not find in Juan Dolio.