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... re constantly spotting iguanas, gecko-like lizards, parrots and other tropical birds, wild chickens (even in Grand Cayman they run free and are reportedly fair game!), and the occasional free-roaming horse, cow and goat. Although we haven't seen monkeys since crossing to the Caribbean side, they were common in the rain forest regions of Costa Rica and Panama.
5. Our typical bathroom-going experience is over a frisbee-sized toilet, in a room the size of ...
... för olika dyktidningar på världens finaste korallrev och dykställen.
Ingvar och jag hyrde bil i tre dagar och åkte till Katies favoritställe Canio Hondo ett ekohotell där vi övernattade och somnade till vattenfallet utanför fönstret, otroligt rogivande, man ville stanna där längre men vi skulle vidare, en båttur i mangrovefloden, sen ...
... that this was an important issue to address, so as to avoid them being possibly charged with harassment upon arriving in the United States! We also did vocabulary lessons, and as you can see, we had lots of fun turning vocabulary drills into games J
At the end of October, the director and higher-ups organized an expo weekend, where many American big-wig scouts were invited to come and view the local DR talent. It was an ...
... form a picture, they traced parts of their bodies then colored them in, we had a paper airplane design contest, made a construction paper chain, and painted with water colors. It was pretty controlled actually, that being said, I was really happy that I had two Dominican friends helping me with the camp.
CELEBRANDO EL SUR: is the youth diversity camp that I was soliciting money for. It was tons of fun and the kids ...
... crossing. We arrived at the border crossing and the first few minutes we couldnt believe it but there was not a crowd of guys jumping at us. It was kind of a blessing and I think we were finally rewarded for all the shtuff we had to go through at the border, this real good looking guy comes up to us and says that we need to get stamps from the Costa Rican side first and says to follow him - how could I resist.... So this guy, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Zapata Boca Chica
It's all about the people
My father (74 years young) my husband and I visited Hostal Zapata. My father has been wanting to visit Santo Domingo and the historical areas of the Dominican Republic for some time. Since my husband and I do not like the All Inclusive Generic experience we looked for a small more intimate setting.
My Husband who likes to cook and sit in the sun was thrilled with Hostal Zapata. We rented 2 adjoining rooms with one small kitchenette. When the meals he made required more cooking space he was allowed to cook in the kitchen with Felix and Felicia. To everyone's surprise he is an excellent cook. The kitchen staff was very accomodating and helpful. When I took day trips. My husband found other tourists at the hostal and made many new friends.
My Father who likes to explore and is a history buff was quite happy with his trip. I had made arrangements with Marta, and at times her son Roberto to have my father and I driven/escorted to the various historical sites he wished to see. On 2 occasions Edwardo took us on excursions from which we both returned quite pleased with the experience.
Even Gabriel, Marta's husband took my father on an excursion in and around Boca Chica. My father had a wonderful time and found Gabriel to be a wealth of knowledge.
The staff at Boca Chica is amazing. The entire facility is spotlessly clean. Nancy, Jocelyn, Bordolo, were all very kind, pleasant and helpful. Santos did a great job overseeing our needs. Adel was awesome on the beach overseeing guest's needs. His son Edward and granddaughter Madelyn were enchanting to converse with.
We never lost one personal item even when we left them on the beach in front of the hostal. The staff was constantly alert and on the look out for our well being.We all felt very safe and cared for at Zapata.
The beach is amazing. Clean & clear to the bottom you can walk for miles and only be waist deep in most places. I especially enjoy bartering with the many interesting vendors. I bought 2 pareos for only $12.00 US as well as other souveniers.
This is a nice accomodation for adults. Any thing you might be looking for in personal attention can be arranged.
We will remember this trip and all the wonderful people at Hostal Zapata with great fondness and hopes to return. Thank you all for a great time.
Hotel Zapata is excellent and the Zapata family makes sure personally.
I went to the Dominican Republic for the first time this past December not knowing what to expect. I didn't realize that I had a family ready and waiting for me to enjoy my trip with: The Zapatas.
I cannot say more about the quality of the hotel and the respect and esteem for which I hold the people who operate the hotel as a family run business. In short: It's a fine establishment and I would, without any reservation, recommend any person, including my own friends and family, to reside there while in Boca Chica.
The rooms are clean and comfortable. The hotel is literally steps from the beach. The food is excellent and breakfast is free (The coffee is outrageous by the way). The bar is stocked and while on the beach they will serve you and ensure that you will not be bothered by merchants and the like.
Most importantly was the way in which the Zapatas embrace you as a family member. Mrs. Zapata treated me as a son, and in the ten days I was there she saw to it that I was treated as such. Roberto Zapata, the hotel manager, is a knowledgable, professional, courteous and efficient young attorney who runs the hotel beautifully. The staff were some of the nicest people I ever met.
I could go on,but nothing can match the real experience as going to Boca Chica and staying at this authentic Dominican hotel. A hotel run by an actual Dominican family and not some multi-billion dollar corporation.
It was one of the best experiences of my life.
Feel free to e-mail me personally to discuss the hotel.
If you really wanto to have a nice journey, please choose another hotel. You get what you pay, that's true. You can surely find a better accomodation for 60 USD/day. The rooms are horrible like a 1star motel, and the service at the restaurant is too slow, more than 30 min for a sandwich (and we were the only 2 person eating at the moment), in facts the restaurant is always empty. Outside the hotel is good, the receptions doesn't exists, and if you stay for only 1 night you won't get your breakfast, that's ridiculous.
A PIECE OF MIND
Hotel Zapata Boca Chica, Dominican Republic.I've been going there for the past 2 years. The hotel location is magnificent. The hotel is right on the beach, by the way one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Based on my experience i must say the service was very good, food and attention was excellent. The hotel is well kept and the workers are very friendly. If you are looking for a place to stay in boca chica, Dominican Republic I strongly recommend Hotel Zapata. When i got back home i spread the word about how beautiful Boca Chica was and where I stay.(Hotel Zapata) they recently reply and also told me that their experience was wonderful. Hotel Zapata has become my second home for the service, atttention and Excellent value...
Just returned from a stay at the Zapata in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. We've stayed at all-inclusives here before and wanted to try a different experience and have to say that we heartily recommend the Zapata (-----) It's right on what I'm told the best beach in the Caribbean and the rooms are spotless, comfortable and very reasonable. They make you feel like family here. We'll be back for sure - can't wait!
Pete Elgie, Toronto
Hotel Zapata ... well worth a trip back to the DR!
My husband and I went to Boca Chica in May and stayed at the Hotel Zapata. We had a lovely time. The staff was wonderful (Santo was our favorite, but Roberto was very cool!) and the food was good. The room was much more pleasant than we expected, especially since it was less than $75 per night. The hotel is located in a great spot right on the beach. The staff guys even carried out chairs for us. There was a little fence showing the border of the hotel. Sometimes you can stay behind the fence, and usually the vendors would leave you alone. On occasion they would still pass over it and harangue you for a manicure, pedicure or massage. Just make like you are deaf and they will leave you alone.
We learned a few lessons very fast, one of which I must share. The beach is filled with scam artists (read the review below which talks about the table/chair rentals) and, my husband and I got conned. We were walking down the main street and someone came up to us and asked if we would come check out his bar on the beach. We figured why not, lets check it out. The guy walked with us along the beach, showed my husband where the dive shop was and then sat down with us at the table.
We had two pina coladas and the gentleman asked if we would get him one ... we thought sure, why not -- he was nice and helpful. Then the man serving us the drinks asked if we would buy him one. Oh please. We politely declined. The server then said something in Spanish (which we now know was the equivalent of up yours!) and then presented us with a bill for 1200 pesos ... he said 1500 pesos with tip! We still weren't sure of the exchange rate, but thought it sounded okay and paid. As we walked away, we realized that we had just paid 50 bucks for two drinks and were FURIOUS.
We discovered the next day, that if something like this happens, you MUST go to the Tourist Police because they can sometimes make a difference. Since we waited five days there was nothing that could happen. Regardless, the town is really nice, the beach is wonderful and I would recommend a trip. Hopefully you'll avoid the scammers and have a good time!
What and amazing time at Hostal Zapata in Boca Chica!
Hostal Zapata in Boca Chica was the perfect romantic getaway. It is owned by a great family and has all the things you need to relax and have a great time. Everyone who works there is not only helpful, but friendly as well. Marta and Roberto (the owners) were more than happy to answer all our questions (and we had many). The prices were very reasonable ($55 a night for a standard room with breakfast included each day). Everyone there made our stay memorable. Leo and Thomas, who work at the restaurant and bar, were a blast to hang out with. They made sure we had a great seat by the water and were always ready with a wave and smile. The beach vendors got a little tiresome. As long as you are firm, but pleasant they will leave you alone for the most part. The rooms were very clean and the view of the beach is perfect. My boyfriend and I really felt at home and that was a direct result of Hostal Zapata's staff. If you are wondering where to go for beach, sun, fun and relaxation...Boca Chica is the place and Hostal Zapata is where you should stay! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
I have to agree with the last reviewer on the cleanliness of the Hotel Zapata. The small cleaning crew of three women work continuously to maintain the small property. The furnishings and décor are older but very well maintained. The rooms are exceptionally clean but lack a lot of storage space compared to North American hotels we've stayed at in the past. This lack of storage made it a little less comfortable for us. The TV is new but there are no remotes (this wasn't much of a problem since we spent most of our time at the beach or on town).
We visited the largest All-Inclusive resort while we were in Boca Chica, but we did not feel that the nicer furnishings outweighed the impersonal feel of such a large property. The owners/managers (Martha and Robert) maintain a familial environment with all their guests. The stay is much like a B&B experience as this property is home to Martha, Robert and their two adult children.
The hotel Zapata is located right on the "best" section of the beach. They have a sunning area on their property adjacent to the beach that does restrict the beach vendors from approaching you as you rest. However, the beach vendors are very mild and at most we experienced no more than two solicitations an hour over the six hours we spent in the sun each of our five days. A simple "no" was all that was needed.
I strongly recommend this location. Will return soon. Can't imagine staying at another property while in Boca Chica.
Great little hotel
Just returned from a three-night stay in October 2004. I agree with a previous poster that the hotel is spotlessly clean. The rooms were much nicer than I expected as we were driving into town. We paid $50/night for a double, and $45/night for a single, a nice breakfast was included.
The hotel staff are extremely friendly and nice. I had forgotten that we paid a deposit over the internet when I made the reservations, and the staff let me know as soon as they realized the error. As we paid up front, I had a $60 credit for drinks and food which covered three people with a thirst quite nicely over our stay. We had lunch from the onsite restaurant which had great food with reasonable prices, and staff members never let an empty drink go unnoticed.
Very handy having a bar and shaded tables on the hotel side of the beach wall as it is so incredibly hot in the sun. Although we sat right near the small wall separating the hotel property from the beach, vendors pretty much left us alone after a polite "no gracias - yo tengo uno". The outdoor 'shower' was a godsend since the ocean was like sitting in a lukewarm bathtub with a slick of suntan lotion on top. Ick.
My group had only a very minor complaint ... the pillows are reeeeallllly flat so if you're a fluffy pillow person, you're out of luck :-) Other than that, things were fantastic!
In doing my trip research, I found quite a few bad reviews of the Hostel Zapata (or, Hotel Zapata) on the internet, and I was a little aprehensive about staying there with the sorts of reviews that I found. I have since decided that these are outdated and I am happy with the way it turned out. I would not hesitate to stay there again if I ever return to Boca Chica. We were even given a tutoring in the different dances of the island - salsa, merengue, cumbia, and of course the bachata.
Great place - great value
The Zapata is top rate. I stayed 3 nights in March 2004. It is spotlessly clean. The grounds are beautifully maintained and very private. The staff is friendly. The beach in front of the hotel (which is separated from the hotel by the grounds) is used both by guests and the locals (as are all beaches in the Dominican Republic), and the scene is very friendly. Most of the other tourists I saw in the vicinity were European. I saw the beach cleaned every morning. The swimming is in a very calm and shallow lagoon -- great for kids. I paid $65 for a suite. While the ride to the airport was only 14 minutes, I never once saw or heard any planes overhead -- they approach over the open ocean. There is a nice outdoor bar and the restaurant was very good. I would recommend the Zapata without hesitation if you are looking for pleasant and simple accomodations. I plan to return.