by Jose Kevo
March 5, 2004
My second-floor single, overlooking a terrace, actually had a bunkhouse feel but the tight-fit became rather humorous as smallness continued revealing itself. The double-sized bed monoplized space leaving just enough room to place bags on the floor without having to step over them. A half-hearted upward leap would've put my head through the ceiling.
To further induce shrinkage, you had to step up to enter the adjoining private bath, which left me slightly stooping without being able to stand straight-up. The stool was wedged along a wall; lack of width space causing me to sit side-saddle for using it. The shower was off to the side and without a curtain, don't forget to set the toilet paper outside as everything in the cramped quarters got wet. Perhaps most disappointing was having access to my first showerhead in over a month only to find water pressure so low, I was now bathing under a dispersed trickle.
For only one night, I don't know that I could've asked for or found anything better after walking around the tourist area and finding numerous smaller inns and hotels scattered about. Suiza was clean, obviously cozy, but its location is probably its biggest asset. It's located along the heart of Duarte, and the beach is just a block's walk away.
Rumble from the all-night revelry wasn't a factor but potential guests shouldn't expect any naps or going to bed early thanks to the restaurant below. Banging around from the afternoon set-up led to a rather excessive courtyard stereo system entertaining guests with smooth sounds of jazz, blues, and fusion--great if you're dining but not if you're needing sleep. Even closing windows did little to curb noise which continued through the restaurant's closing and break-down defeating the purpose of turning in early for catching an early morning flight. But who comes to Boca Chica for sleep?
The restaurant operates under the same name and appeared to be one of the area's more upscale dining options. I was quite surprised when coming downstairs to find how the patio had been transformed into a posh dining room. The menu consists of European dishes with a variety of Swiss fondues dominating entree selections backed by an extensive wine list. Needless to say, this was well beyond my travel budget range, but I sampled several things with the night watchman who shared his leftovers.
With so many other DR destinations, it's hard to imagine why anyone would travel here and plan their entire trip for Boca Chica. That is unless all you're looking for is a major party. If so, then staying here is the place for you; being short and small will help, too!
From journal Sin City Along The Sands