Sosua is another town on the Dominican Republic North Coast and is situated between Puerto Plata Airport and Cabarete. Some 600 Eastern European Jews settled in this little town in the early 1940s escaping from Germany’s purge. Many of the town’s streets are named for Ashkenazic Jews. There is still a small synagogue in the El Batey neighborhood of the town, occasionally used by Jews from the surrounding communities, as well as a small museum documenting the history of the Jewish community in Sosua.
Playa Sosua is the town’s main beach. It is a fun, colorful, and lively beach, approximately one kilometer long, with a row of prefabs along the back, selling food, drinks, and souvenirs. This beach is very popular and offers a superb option for snorkeling enthusiasts. From the beach, you can swim out to the reef, about 100m offshore, and swim with the colorful fishes that abound here.
For the more adventurous dive centers offer equipment and diving courses from beginner to advanced including PADI dive instruction. Daily dive and snorkel trips are available daily.
At the other end of Playa Sosua beach is Los Charamicos. This is more a local’s neighborhood and residential area and as such is somewhat more run-down and lively than El Batey. Another beach is Playa Alicia is accessible from the On the Waterfront restaurant. This beach is quieter than Playa Sosua, and as such is a good option for those who want to enjoy a more relaxed experience.
As with Cabarete, Sosua offers a wide range of restaurants providing cuisine from all over the world. German, Italian, and English restaurants vie with traditional Dominican eateries. WiFi is frequently available as a means to attract custom. Additionally, competitive prices and larger than normal portions are often served.
Why would you want to settle in Sosua? There are numerous supermarkets, banks, pharmacies, restaurants, private schools (e.g. International School of Sosua and Garden Kids), and all the necessities for day-to-day living, and there is fast internet as a bonus. With Puerto Plata international airport only a 20-minute drive away with connections to N. America, Europe, and other Caribbean countries, it is surely a place to settle down or own a second home in the Caribbean.
Surrounding Sosua and on the main road to Cabarete, there are numerous communities from individual open residential areas, beachfront condominiums to fully managed gated communities. As with Cabarete, there is a mix of both condos and villas available, and depending on your requirements and circumstances you are sure to find a property that will meet your needs and fulfill your dreams.