Why choose Sosua?|
Sosua is for good value chasers and explorers looking for an active beach town. Sosua is centrally located on the North Coast, close to many other destinations you can explore on your own or on excursion. You will find many small hotels as well as large all-inclusive resorts.
Sosua is the Acapulco of the Dominican Republic. You could say that this is where tourism first began back in the 70s and 80s.
Despite development, Sosua still keeps its charm with the highest density of shops and restaurants in the Batey section of the destination. Foreigners who originally came for a beach holiday have now established their own ex-patriot communities and businesses. There are large numbers of Germans, Austrians, Canadians and Americans who live here year round. The one kilometer long Sosua Beach continues to be the main attraction of the area. In spite of the large number of vendors who have set up shop right on the beach, it's still one of the most spectacular in the Dominican Republic.
Sosua was originally settled by around 600 Jewish refugees fleeing the Second World War who set up a dairy community. As a result, Sosua began to thrive and was soon discovered by the wealthy from nearby Puerto Plata, Santiago and San Francisco de Macoris who came and set up vacation homes. Most of the original Jewish settlers have moved on, but the dairy that produces the Productos Sosua continues to this day, albeit it was bought out by a Mexican multinational. The Sosua Synagogue has a museum with photos and memorabilia of the first Jewish settlers. You can also attend services there.
Tourism took off in the 70s and 80s, with the sleepy beach town catering to thousands of day trippers from Playa Dorada resort and to overnighters staying in the many small hotels that sprang up in Sosua.
In the 90s, tourism evolved towards the all-inclusive trend and several large resorts were built in the area. Guests still come from nearby Playa Grande, Rio San Juan, Playa Dorada and Puerto Plata for dining and beach town shopping, but the night life entertainment has quieted down.
Port of Entry/How to get there
Fly into the Gregorio Luperon International Airport of Puerto Plata (POP), about a 10 minute drive from Sosua. See the Puerto Plata section of DR1 Travel for scheduled flight service into the Puerto Plata airport. If you fly into Las Americas International Airport you will be 4 hours drive away. There is Caribe Tours bus service from Santo Domingo to Sosua, from which you can take a minibus or taxi to your hotel. Minibuses travel to Sosua all day long from Puerto Plata, Playa Dorada or Cabarete.
What else is nearby?
Sosua is half way between Puerto Plata (25 kilometers to the west) and Cabarete. A stop there is a must for all those traveling the North Coast. In Sosua, you are near all the attractions in Puerto Plata, Playa Dorada, Cabarete and Playa Grande (about one hour's drive away). The best way to see it all is to rent a car. Drive west one day all the way to the La Isabela museum, near Luperón. On the way visit Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata, Cofresí and then La Isabela. Go swimming in Luperón beach prior to returning to Sosua. Those in good physical shape should attempt the trek up the Damajagua mountain and down the 27 cascades. On the next day drive east all the way to Rio San Juan, Pueblito Principe (a small Dominican-style shopping street) and Playa Grande in María Trinidad Sánchez province, with a stop at Cabarete Beach.
For the most part you can get around Sosua on foot if you are staying in the neighborhoods of El Batey or Charamicos. The streets are well lit and there are lots of people outside day and night. Motorcycle rentals are common. And there are many minibuses and taxis for trips to Puerto Plata, Playa Dorada or
The main attraction of Sosua is the beach, the shops and restaurants. Snorkeling is a popular option. Sosua Beach is a U-shaped beach of fine whitish sands in a sheltered cove. Multiple water sports can be hired right on the beach. It is easy to swim to the reefs.
Sosua is close enough to Puerto Plata to enjoy all its attractions. Visit the Amber Museum, take the cable car ride up to the Botanical Gardens atop Isabela de Torres Mountain. Take a tour of the rum factory with free samples and an option to buy quality rum. Spend the morning at the Columbus Water Park with its many slides and pools. Spend the afternoon at the Go Kart/Bumper Car park that is open all night. These two parks are just a 15-minute drive from Sosua.
North Coast excursions include safari-style jeep trips into the countryside, catamaran day trips off Sosua Beach, horseback riding excursions into the outback, trips to Cabarete and La Isabela Park off Luperón (where the first European settlement in the New World was built in the 15th Century), Cofresí Beach, and the Puerto Plata city tour (may or may not include the cable car ride).
Sosua offers about 2,000 hotel rooms, guest houses, small hotels, apartment-hotels and all-inclusive resorts. Some have their own beaches. Some are located in the Charamicos or El Batey areas, others are minutes away by car to the East or West of the beach. For more information on hotels, see
Dining outside the hotel
The all-inclusive concept in hotels is a relatively recent development, so there
are still a large number of good restaurants in the Sosua area. They mainly
cater to the large foreign community in the area.
Nightlife outside the hotel
People used to say that Sosua got up when Puerto Plata sleeps. But do not expect much from Sosua nightlife anymore, with less than a handful of night spots remaining.
Live bands: At the Britannia Pub in Sosua, owners Lyndon and Barb have live music on alternate weekends.
The shops feature all sorts of beach wear, artistically painted t-shirts, hats, pareos (beach wraps), arts and crafts… you name it, it's here. You can shop in the town stores or right on the beach, remembering always to haggle for the best price!
Moderate amount of fish near the coral reef makes for decent underwater photo opportunities. You can see flounder, parrot fish, grouper, porcupine and dozens of other varieties.
You can easily snorkel from the beach to the reefs. Taking a tour allows you to reach reefs further out and to focus on having a good time in the water, as your valuables are guarded.
Snorkelers can swim about 150 feet from shore and find coral reefs and delightful opportunities for feeding fish and taking underwater photos. There are usually several dive boats in the same vicinity, so everybody is aware of the presence of divers and snorkelers. The water is very calm in most areas, with only a couple of tricky currents, and it is crystal clear on most days.
The better scuba diving opportunities are to the West and the East of Sosua. Several dive shops offer varied excursions. Divers of all levels can enjoy shallow reefs, shipwrecks, freshwater cave diving, deep water diving and possible encounters with humpback whales and other large creatures. Summer air temperatures can hit the mid 90s, while winter temperatures drop to the 70s. Water temperatures range from the high 70s to low 80s, and visibility ranges from 70 to 100 feet.
Plenty of small boat fishing trips can be booked in Sosua.