A great place to polish your merengue dancing skills, La Guácara Taína, is the best discotheque in the Dominican Republic. Drawing equal number of locals and visitors, La Guácara Taina is set in an underground cave within a verdant park. If you miss a step, don't worry. With three bars and two dance floors, chances are no one will notice. Cover is approximately $9.00 and it includes one drink. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 9:00 p.m.; closing time varies. On Avenida Mirador del Sur, in Parque Mirador del Sur. Phone: 809-533-1051
Living La Vida Boca
Take a relaxing walk on soft white sand and then soak your feet in the clear, shallow blue waters of Boca Chica, the principal beach resort near Santo Domingo. A popular spot fancied by its European visitors, Boca Chica's east side has been nicknamed "Saint Tropez." At this beach you'll also find a natural coral reef, and go loco over the wide array of pizza and fast food stands, beach cottages, chaise lounges, water sports concessions, and beach tables. Less than 2 miles east and about 19 miles from the center of Santo Domingo.