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  • Sosua is a small town built around the bay of the same name. A 15-minute drive from Cabarate it is about half an hour from the town of Puerto Plata. 

Sosua has a lovely main beach, however it tends to get fairly crowded with tourists staying at the hotels in the area. You will also notice that the village has a seedier atmosphere than most other places in the country. It is especially popular with ...
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  • Some 16 miles east of Puerto Plata, the charming town of Sousa has retained an authentic feel since the 1950's.
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  • The wonderful curved beach attracts many bathers.
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  • Originally developed by Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution, the town is home to a Jewish museum and a synagogue.
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  • Sosua is divided into two areas: El Batey, the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants and night clubs are to be found, and Los Charamicos, the working class district.
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Dominican Republic

Sosua is a small town built around the bay of the same name. A 15-minute drive from Cabarate it is about half an hour from the town of Puerto Plata.

Sosua has a lovely main beach, however it tends to get fairly crowded with tourists staying at the hotels in the area. You will also notice that the village has a seedier atmosphere than most other places in the country. It is especially popular with middle-aged men seeking the company of younger women (often under-aged) while on holiday. This trend is most prominent along the shopping alley of stalls and restaurants that lines Sosua Bay, as well as in the centre of town. There isn't much to do or see in the area; most tourists come for the beautiful views of the bay, which has unfortunately been altered by the construction of hotels.

There used to be a significant Jewish community in the area during the 1940s, when the tyrant, General Tujillo, then at the head of the country, accepted to welcome a number of Jews seeking refuge after the holocaust. Although most of the community has now emigrated, a small Victorian-style synagogue remains. The building is closed most of the time as it is in diar need of renovation, so if you are planning on visiting it, make sure you ask the security guard when the owner can meet you to show you around.

Sosua: what to do?

Numerous half or full-day trips are available to you: the village of Puerto Plata, Santiago, the second largest city in the country, famous for its carnival in February and August, the prosperous city Moca, the calm coastal town Rio San Juan and 6 miles away is the huge Playa Grande, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic.

The Synagogue and the Jewish Museum of Sosua were created by the founders of the city and their descendants. The museum, continually added to with photographs, objects and various personal donations, traces the history of Jews in the region.

  • A vibrant city at prices that remain affordable
  • Sosua remains to this day a stop-over city

Reminders

A suitcase for the summer: light clothing cotton, open shoes, shorts, shirts, T-shirts, without forgetting the bathing suit, as well as warm clothes and walking shoes for getaways in the mountains. A lightweight raincoat is useful during the rainy season (from May to July).

To avoid

Avoid El Batey, the tourist area par excellence and choose Los Charamicos instead, which has maintained the authentic ambiance of a truly Dominican village.

Sosua: what to eat?

Rich and spicy, Dominican cuisine is the result of Creole, European and African influences. Starch foods (rice, sweet potatoes and plantain), fish and shell fish as well as tropical fruits are the key foods. The stews (mondogo, sancocho) are common, with goat meat or fish cooked in coconut milk being prime examples.

Sosua: what to buy?

Jewellery made from amber (brown solidified resin), larimar (blue stone), leather items, baskets, naive paintings, a legacy of Indian Taïnos, CDs of merengue and bachata, cigars, liquid vanilla, jam, rum and coffee are the main souvenirs that you can bring home. They can be found everywhere on beaches and especially in local markets.

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    Topacio Azul
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  • 7.7 /10
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    Casa Marina Reef Beach
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  • 7.2 /10
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    Casa Veintiuno
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  • 6.7 /10
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    Piergiorgio Palace Hotel
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