Sosua in Dominican Republic is one of the first tourist spots that appeared in the country. The small town can be found in the province of Puerto Plata and is only at approximately 6 km away from the Puerto Plata International airport. You can choose big resorts or small hotels depending on the budget. It has some similarities with other touristic areas in the country like Punta Cana, Boca Chica and Cabarete.
Sosua is located at the north coast and has several beaches facing the Atlantic Ocean. The waters have a tendency to be a bit rougher than those of the Caribbean Sea, nonetheless, they are great to practice a wide variety of water sports. The town is composed of 3 main areas which are El Batey, Sosua Abajo and Los Charamicos. El Batey is the preferred area by most visitors; there you can find all kinds of hotels and places to stay. Sosua Abajo is a rustic zone that is located at the western part of Sosua. Most of the hard working people of the area live around there. Between El Batey and Sosua Abajo you can find Los Charamicos. Unlike Abajo this urban sector attracts a lot people due to its active nightlife and trendy dancing spots.
The origin of the modern Sosua in Dominican Republic can be traced back to the 1930’s when the known dictator Rafael Trujillo accepted thousands of refugees from different European and Asian countries. The immense majority of the refuges were Jews. Rafael Trujillo decided to provide them with all kinds of resources including 26,000 acres of land that belonged to him. After some time the Jews manage to develop a cheese factory that improved the economy of the town. They also established a synagogue and within it a museum with lots of keepsakes from the early settlers.
A couple of years later around the 1970’s tourism started to grow in the area and many small resorts started to appear almost overnight. In the following years some of the small hotels got replaced by the big popular all inclusive resorts.
Modern Sosua in Dominican Republic
Today sosua is a very charming town with a fantastic location. The exciting towns of Puerto Plata and Cabarete are also very close providing great alternatives for anyone looking for a great time. There are a lot of attractions at the north coast of the Dominican Republic. You can rent a car or a motorcycle if you desire to explore; however, the safer way is to go by taxi or be part of an excursion. Some areas of interest are Cofresi, Playa Dorada and La Isabela. You can try to take on the Damajagua Mountain if you are a hiking fan, go horseback riding or take a safari style trip to the countryside.
Sosua’s beach is probably the main attraction of the area. The fine powdered beach is a great place to swim and practice several water sports. There is a coral reef near the beach where you can go snorkeling and enjoy the marine life. Snorkeling excursions are also available if you prefer spots with higher bio diversity. Porcupines, parrot fishes and flounders are just part of the underwater excitement that awaits you.
Scuba diving at Sosua in Dominican Republic is also possible; you can choose between
exploring ancient shipwrecks and admiring humpback whales at the bottom
of the ocean or join a freshwater cave diving expedition.
Getting to Sosua and Moving around
There are several ways to get into Sosua in Dominican Republic. You can take a plane to the Gregorio Luperon Airport or drive from another city through the road located on the north part of the country called “el Camino 5”. If you choose to drive from another area of the Dominican Republic (such as Santo Domingo or Punta Cana) keep in mind that is going to take many hours before you get there. Busses are very common means of transportation in the Dominican Republic; some of them have a route through several cities that you can use to save a lot of money when traveling around. The usual fee for a one a trip through the cities can go up to approximately $10 so keep that in mind.
The easiest and most comfortable way is to fly directly to the Gregorio Luperon Airport located just a few miles away from Sosua in Dominican Republic.
Once in there you will have to buy the very popular “tourist card” that costs 10 USD which is always required when you arrive to the country.
Getting to the town from the airport is not a problem you can always get a taxi nearby or get a rental if you are up to the challenge.
Driving in the Dominican Republic is not for the faint of heart so be prepared. Taxis are the easiest alternative although they are likely to charge you from $20 to $25 to take you to Sosua. The fee is expensive but there is not much you can do about it, especially if you are carrying a lot of luggage.
Once you get to the town of Sosua in Dominican Republic; you can explore the town by foot or use any of the multiple transportation services around. The area is very small so you can cover many places just strolling around. If you don’t feel like walking you can hop in a motoconcho for a very small fee. Motoconchos are basically a motorcycle taxi. They can take you anywhere in town for $0.40 to $0.80 depending on the time of the day. They are not exactly safe so think about it before jumping in one.
You may also take a “carro publico” to see the different parts of the town.
They are very cheap as you can get to many places nearby for $0.40 or $0.60. The main problem with them is they won’t move until they are full of people or you pay for all the seats if you are alone. Small busses or “guaguas” are an excellent way to get around Sosua in Dominican Republic for very low money too. They are very comfortable and they cost something like $0.30 to $0.60 per trip. The only drawback with them is memorizing their schedules and the stops. Tourist taxis are the easiest way to get around but also the more expensive. A single trip at any spot in town can cost approximately $3.00 or $4.00.
Places to Visit
Sosua is a small town but due to its proximity to Cabarete and Puerto Plata it has plenty of things to offer. You could say that the main attraction of the area is the Playa Sosua. It is a very popular beach which beautiful sand and refreshing waters. You can also find shops selling souvenirs, food and all kinds of drinks. Most of the souvenirs in this beach are going to be quite expensive at first glance, so if you really want them your bartering skills will come in handy. Snorkeling is one thing you will want to do at this beach. There is a pretty awesome reef to explore just about 90 to 100 meters from the coast. You can rent snorkeling equipment in some of the shops if you need to but having your own gear is a much better alternative.
If you want to have a quieter time at the beach in Sosua in Dominican Republic there are other choices like the beach close to the Sea hotel and the one nearby the on the Waterfront restaurant.
Other things you can do
You can go for whale watching (only during the season that goes from January to March), safari tours, fishing trips, horseback riding and even white water rafting.
You can go to the Merlin Dive center (tel. +1 809-571-4309) located at Playa Sosua if you have a keen interest in scuba diving. They offer excursions for divers of all levels and even get you a license if you got the time.
Superior Dive Sosua (tel. +1 809-571-1108) located at Sosua Bay is the place you need to visit if you want to get new snorkeling/scuba dive gear right on the spot. They also have a lot of experience training people of all skill levels for the scuba diving license.
Surfers looking for a challenge can always go to Cabarete
which is just 10 minutes away from Sosua; the beaches around there are
very well known for their rough and big waves.
The nearby city of Puerto Plata located just 15 minutes away has several attractions for anyone staying in Sosua in Dominican Republic.
You can go the Amber Museum and look at the ambers that have
taken millions of years to form. A trip to the Rum factory is always
fun especially if you can get some samples. If you like water parks;
the Columbus Park is for you. Featuring a lot of relaxing pools and
several exciting slides; you are going to love the place. A visit to
the Botanical Gardens can give you a new perspective on nature. If you
enjoy go karts Sosua has a park approximately 15 minutes away; driving
those are always tons of fun.
Night time fun
Sosua in Dominican Republic has a pretty impressive night life. The Brittania pub has nice a selection of drinks with the always popular happy hours. Rudy’s is also an excellent spot to hang out with some friends. They have an occasional karaoke night which is lots of fun. The Club Classico is a trendy place where people meet to have a great time as well. Drinks offered at bars are mostly the always popular Presidente beer; do not worry they also got plenty of rum drinks. Rum is more expensive but if you take advantage of the happy hour which is usually from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm you can save good cash.