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Be Live Hamaca Boca Chica

Be Live Hamaca, Boca Chica, Dominican Republic (República Dominicana)

Hamaca has 3 different hotel – resort experiences. Hamaca Suites, Hamaca Garden Hotel and the Hamaca Beach Hotel. All are all-inclusive and located on the white sand Caribbean beach at Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. Click the links for great hotel-resort deals.


Be Live Experience Hamaca Suites

from: Be Live Hotels

The Be Live Experience Hamaca Suites luxury hotel in Boca Chica offers exclusive services to travelers wanting to stay in an unforgettable location, opposite a beautiful beach with crystal-clear waters and fine white sand. A wonderful climate, personal customer service, private beach area, fantastic apartments, all-inclusive accommodation.

Hamaca Suites Hotel features several Deluxe Pool View rooms that will take you to a unique setting, full of commodities, relax in good taste in Boca Chica: king size bed or two beds, a full bathroom with a Jacuzzi and a separate shower, a living room, TV, coffee maker and a terrace with great views to the swimming pool.

The Be Live Experience Hamaca Suites Hotel provides guests with the perfect setting in which to relax, unwind and enjoy that Caribbean feeling. The Be Live Experience Hamaca Suites Hotel: an all-inclusive, luxury hotel in Boca Chica.


Be Live Experience Hamaca Garden

from: Be Live Hotels

The Be Live Experience Hamaca Garden Hotel is an all-inclusive hotel complex in Boca Chica. It is located right at the bay and everything has been designed for you to spend an incredible holiday here with your family and friends, enjoying a true Caribbean lifestyle.

The all-inclusive experience includes meals (including a full buffet), drinks, evening entertainment programs, beach parties, casino, daily activities and a wide range of children’s activities for those traveling as a family.

The full enchantment of the Republica Dominicana awaits you at the Be Live Experience Hamaca Garden Hotel, where you will find beaches, a spa and excellent all-inclusive service in Boca Chica.


Be Live Experience Hamaca Beach

from: Be Live Hotels

The Be Live Experience Hamaca Beach Hotel is an all-inclusive resort with spa at the Boca Chica beach. It is located by one of the most famous beaches in the Dominican Republic and this all-inclusive hotel is particularly suitable for groups and families who wish to spend a truly relaxing holiday in the Caribbean. You will not have to worry about anything, everything is included: from the local and international cuisine on offer to entertainment, parties at the beach and sports courts.

There is an entire beach only for you, with comfortable bamboo sun lounges, fine white sand and turquoise waters.

Discover the charms of the Dominican Republic at the Be Live Experience Hamaca Beach Hotel: beach, sun, sports, gastronomy and adventure. Everything included here at the hotel with spa in Boca Chica.

Be Live Experience Hamaca Beach – All Inclusive – Expedia.com

Dominican Republic Holidays 2019

Holiday Calendar of Dominican Republic 2019 / Días Feriados 2019 Calendario

Dominican Republic Holidays / Días Feriados del 2019 and Important dates to remember.

Holidays – The Minister of Work announced the calendar for the celebration of the holidays for the year 2019 according to the law 139-97 / Días Festivos – El Ministerio de Trabajo anuncia el calendario para la celebración de los días feriados para el año 2019, establecidos en la Ley 139-97. www.ministeriodetrabajo.gob.do

Be aware – On the long weekends the cities usually empty out as most people head to the beaches or the country. Hotels are usually booked to capacity with Dominicans enjoying these long weekends. The highways in and out of the city can be very congested with people coming and going.

Playa Juan Dolio in the morning
Playa Juan Dolio in the morning

January/ Enero

1 – Tuesday – New Year’s Day / Año Nuevo
6 – Sunday – Día de los Santos Reyes Magos – Epifania / Three Kings Day – Epiphany (what is 3 Kings Day?)
12 – Saturday – Día de la Resistencia Heroica/ Day of Heroic Resistance (this is the first year for this day to honor the men and women who fought for a fairer society)
15 – to End of March – Whale Watching (the best place to observe is the Samana Bay)
21 – Monday – Our Lady of Altagracia Day / Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia. (more information on Altagracia and a photo slide show of the Basilica de Higuey)
26 – Saturday – Natalicio de Juan Pablo Duarte / Duarte Birthday celebrated. Juan Pablo Duarte was born on the 26th.(more information on Duarte).

February/ Febrero

1 thru 28 Las Fiestas de Carnaval Dominicano / Dominican Carnival Parties Carnival Dominicano/ Dominican Carnival celebrations happen all month. The weekends are when different communities hold their parades and celebrations. Usually the ultimate parade on the Malecon in Santo Domingo with the best of the best is held the first Sunday in March.
5 – Tuesday – Chinese New Year (celebrations for the Year of the Pig in China Town)
14 – Wednesday – Día de San Valentín / Valentine´s Day
27 – Wednesday – Día de la Independencia / Independence Day – Día de la Bandera / Flag Day. Dominicans celebrate February 27, 1844 as their Independence Day. This the day the country declared its independence again and retook the name República Dominicana (Dominican Republic). A constitution modeled on that of the United States was put forth in November 1844.

The Marines de la Guerra in the Military Parade / Desfile
The Marines de la Guerra in the Military Parade / Desfile

March/ Marzo

6 – Miércoles de Ceniza / Ash Wednesday – The first day of Lent
19 – Batalla del 19 de Marzo / Battle of March 19 / Important battle for independence was fought on March 19, 1844 in Azua
30 – Batalla del 30 de Marzo or Batalla de Santiago / Battle of March 30 or Battle of Santiago. Another battle won in the fight for independence fought in 1844.

April/ Abril

14 – Domingo de Ramos / Palm Sunday
19 – Viernes Santo / Good Friday (long weekend from Thursday the 18th to Sunday April 21st)
21 – Sunday – one of the biggest vacation times here. How do Dominicans celebrate Easter / Semana Santa? Read all about it.
21 – Sunday – Domingo de Pascua – Semana Santa / Easter

29 – Monday – Día del Trabajo / Labor Day (official day May 1st) (long weekend from Friday, April 26th to Monday the 29th)

May/ Mayo

26 – Sunday – Mother’s Day. (Always falls on the last Sunday in May)

Playing some typical music at Altos de Chavon
Playing some typical music at Altos de Chavon

The dates of all the Patronales/ Patron Saints celebrations are on the Patron Saint Celebrations Page.

June/ Junio

20 – Thursday – Corpus Christi Day

July/ Julio

28 – Sunday – Father’s Day (Always falls on the last Sunday in July)

August/ Agusto

16 – Friday – Restoration Day/ Día de Restauración (more information on Restoration Day)

September/ Septiembre

24 – Tuedsday – Día de las Mercedes / Our Lady of Mercedes Day.(more information on Las Mercedes)

October / Octobre

14 – Monday – Día de Colón / Columbus Day

November/ Noviembre

4 – Monday – Día de la Constitución / Constitution Day (official date is the 6th but changed to make for a long weekend)

A life-sized Muñeca Sin Rostro / Faceless Doll on Calle el Conde with Christmas lights
A life-sized Muñeca Sin Rostro / Faceless Doll on Calle el Conde with Christmas lights.

December/ Decembre

25 – Wednesday – Día de Navidad / Christmas Day (How Dominicans celebrate Christmas)
31 – Tuesday – New Years Eve (New Year traditions)

The dates of all the Patronales/ Patron Saints celebrations are on the Patron Saint Celebrations Page.

Be aware that on the long weekends the cities usually empty out as most people head to the beaches or the country. Hotels are usually booked to capacity with Dominicans enjoying the long weekends. The highways in and out of the city can be very congested with people coming and going.

How To Say Months and Days In Spanish

JANUARY / ENERO | FEBRUARY / FEBRERO | MARCH / MARZO | APRIL / ABRIL | MAY / MAYO | JUNE / JUNIO | JULY / JULIO | AUGUST / AGOSTO | SEPTEMBER / SEPTIEMBRE | OCTOBER / OCTUBRE | NOVEMBER / NOVIEMBRE | DECEMBER / DICIEMBRE

Monday / Lunes | Tuesday / Martes | Wednesday / Miércoles | Thursday / Jueves | Friday / Viernes | Saturday / Sábado | Sunday / Domingo

New Year – Año Nuevo

New Years/ Año Nuevo

Celebrating the New Year / Año Nuevo is a big night for all. Some people get all dressed up and go out to a big party with Champagne and all the glitz and glitter that bring in the new year is known for. Others just go out to their local Colmado (corner store and party the night away with the neighbors. Of course, there are those that prefer to just stay home and bring in the new year quietly and peacefully.

Here are some of the old-time traditions for bringing in the Nuevo Año in Dominican Republic.

*One should clear out the old and start the new year fresh and clean. The house needs to be scrubbed from top to bottom All drawers need to be cleaned out. All this cleaning brings good luck.

*Different colors mean different things. Wear the color that brings the wish for the coming year you want to come true. Green/ Verde helps out with the money situation, Red/ Rojo brings a bright future, Yellow/ Amarillo makes work better, White/ Blanco is for good health.

House painting on Calle Duarte

*You may notice that many of the homes get a new coat of paint for the holidays. This is part of the cleaning everything and making way for the new.

*When the clock strikes 12 make sure the doors and windows are open wide so the last years spirit can get out freely and the new one can enter.

A broom sitting outside on New Years Eve.

*At the end of the year you have to throw out your old brooms. Any broom you happen to have in the home needs to be placed in a corner of the house. Remember to leave the new broom outside overnight before bringing it into the house. I’m not sure why just to be safe you best do it.

*Never sweep the house on New Year’s Day. You may end up sweeping your luck away with the dirt.

*The traditional Christmas dinner is also served on New Years.

*Make sure to have 12 grapes/ uvos per person. For each toll of the clock or each month of the year you need to eat a grape and make a wish for the coming year.

*If you are a Catholic you need to have a priest come and bless the house or at least give it a good dousing of holy water.

A typical Jumera with carbon inside to cleanse the air to bring in the new year.

*You need to burn some incense to purifying the home on the eve of the New Year. This tradition goes way back to the native Taino Indians that lived on the island. Many people use a “Jumera”. The most typical is made from a can with carbon/ charcoal inside. It comes with a small pouch of scent specifically for good luck and chasing away the bad spirits and some sticks for lighting.