Like Boca Chica, Juan Dolio is a story of boom and bust. The resort area began life as a pristine beach and developed into the place for capitaleños to go on the Southeast Coast for sun and sea. When the Europeans discovered it, the all-inclusive resorts started springing up. In the early 1990s it was a pioneer in the all-inclusive concept, which caught on immediately, and no sooner was the blaze ignited than North Americans started to jump on it as well. But as soon as Punta Cana became the newer hot spot, the turistas started to abandon Juan Dolio for its newer, more luxurious AIs and long expanses of palm-studded beach—with white sand, at that.
POINTS OF INTEREST
La Playa del Pescador
This unpretentious restaurant's Eastern European owner has gained a loyal following among the expat set for his cuisine, which is…Learn More >
Playa Juan Dolio
This beach is now glorious, especially in the Villas Del Mar area. Its regeneration, which goes for 2½ miles (4…Learn More >