Avenida George Washington, also known as the Malecon, in Santo Domingo will turn into a giant beach for a few days during the Easter/ Semana Santa holiday. This is a very special Easter gift from the city.
The sea side road will be shut down to traffic between Calle José Heredia and Máximo Gómez from 6AM Holy Wednesday/ Miércoles Santo (April/abril 4) to Sunday (April/ abril 8). This is the section where Plaza Guibia is located near Adrian Tropical Restaurant and Malecon Center.
The entire stretch of highway will be shut down, covered with sand and converted to a big beach/ playa. Most people leave the city to return to their home towns or to visit many or our beautiful beaches and rivers. This project bring the beach to those that cannot leave the capital for whatever reason, especially the lower income families. Mayor Roberto Salcedo says that the space will become a sort of terrace with 12 pools, sand, lounge chairs and other attractions. There will be sand, palm trees, 12 portable swimming pools for the children, sun loungers, basketball and beach volleyball courts. There will also be sporting competitions including beach volley ball with the participation of 200 teams from various colleges and schools of the National District. There will be areas for skating and cycling. There will be tables for playing dominoes, chess and aerobics sessions for the adults. There will be something for everyone including special entertainment for the children.
All the Dominican Republics Police and many military personnel will be present to ensure all runs smoothly and without incident.