Pick up any guidebook to the Dominican Republic and it will tell you about the fabulous beaches. Long stretches of golden white sand, warm blue sea, and coconut palms swaying in the cooling breeze. Well, there are some beaches like that, but also some that are very, very different.
It’s about an hour’s drive from where we are in Nagua. It’s a perfect little lagoon, with white sand, palm trees, clear blue water.
On the right is one of the beaches at Puerto Dorado. It’s another picture postcard Caribbean beach
Both of these beaches are maintained by hotels for the benefit of Gringos.
And this, sadly, is our local beach. It’s not maintained by a hotel. Or by anyone. Theres’ a real problem here with garbage – the gutters are widely considered to be the waste disposal system. The gutters lead to the storm drains. The storm drains lead to the beach (see far right photo). And so does all the crap.
It makes us mad and sad in equal measure. This could be sooooo beautiful.