In Boca Chica, the boundary between part time girls looking to have fun and professional working girls are very elastic, with a sliding scale according to the time and circumstances.
As we said before, there are all types. Communicating is not a problem; the girls will take the initiative with the tourists using a near universal Spanglish dialect, understood by everyone in Boca Chica.
Once a guy gets eyed up, especially someone new, someone without a tan, with a “cara pollito blanco” (face like a white chicken), it is not unusual to see several girls compete for the their attention.
Pay attention: the style is different from other countries. Many here in the Dominican Republic are looking for a “Novio,” a boyfriend for life’s necessities, food, housing, help for their kids, and perhaps a pequeño regalo (little present). And if they find the right guy, a modest monthly remittance after you return to home.
In the Dominican Republic girls are warm, many prefer selling the illusion of love, with sentimentality and sweet words, whispered love songs and dances. Many of them actually end up by really falling in love with what they see as their “knight in shinning armor” (or is it amour) They will call you “Mi Vida,” (my life) at least when they begin. But beware all you mariposas, (butterflies) who go for new flowers every night, the girls may become quite “celosa” (jealous).
Many do not sell a service, they sell an emotion, something that can get into your heart and make you fly even if you are in your seventies.
Suddenly some older retirees loose their minds and their wallets.
They are hooked by warm memories and with the wish to come back.
Thoughts of the hot time in paradise will temper the long and cold winters in Europe and North America.
Falling in love can be a powerful anti-depressive. It make blood and adrenaline flow, it makes you feel alive, even if it’s a lie, maybe even more so, especially if it induces you to regularly send money.
If you spend time at the airport as we do, you will frequently see both departing tourists and locals crying. The former does not want to leave and the latter does not want the former to leave.
There are many who believe that the Boca Chica love industry flourishes because of poverty and need, that it is a completely about the money. It may be in some cases but not in all. Dominican’s are good looking, well groomed and dressed, happy, and ready to smile even when something goes wrong.
Many tourists don’t have the time, language ability, or cultural awareness to realize this, but in the DR falling in love is the national sport, with or without foreign tourists. You need only to observe the way they dance. It’s not like that in New York, Boston (g-d forbid), London or Berlin. Desire, yearning, and lust, intertwine as if in a never ending soap opera, like the “Tele Novelas’ that keep millions of Dominicans glued to their TVs.
Besides, it is true that in this island most of the people are poor, money are never enough and it is worthwhile trying to find one’s way marrying a foreign visitor. North American and European passports are the most desirable, representing the possibility of moving to developed countries. Therefore also “normal” girls will be happy to go out with you tonight, those that you can meet everywhere. They expect some presents when they date a tourist and then a bigger one once the holiday is over.