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    Sunsets and Snorkeling in Sosua, Dominican Republic

    Sunsets and Snorkeling in Sosua, Dominican Republic

    If you're in search of the perfect Caribbean beach getaway, then look no farther than Sosua. This colorful beach town on the Dominican Republic's north coast features a lovely white sand bay, crystal-clear water, mouthwatering cuisine and, of course, stunning sunsets. Plus, with its convenient location next to other top-notch destinations like Puerto Plata and Cabarete, you'll have no shortage of gorgeous attractions and activities with which to fill your Caribbean vacation.

    Sosua has had its fair share of struggles in the past. The United Fruit Company abruptly abandoned its post there, leaving the port town in shambles. Decades later, when tourism began flourishing once more, Sosua would become a major hub for sex tourism — a characteristic that can still be noted after-hours. But despite these bumps, today Sosua is as charming as can be, with friendly locals ready to show you the true beauty of the Dominican Republic.

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    Base Your Stay

    Casa Veintiuno

    Base your stay at the lovely Casa Veintiuno. This boutique bed and breakfast is located just minutes from Sosua Beach and offers peaceful seclusion plus luxurious amenities. With only three rooms, you're guaranteed ultra-personalized attention. The restaurant at Casa Veintiuno is also one of the best in Sosua. We recommend the truffle risotto accompanied with a glass of prosecco.

    Top Attractions

    Playa Sosua

    Sosua Beach is known for its snorkeling; most days you'll have excellent visibility of the tropical fish and colorful coral. While snorkeling is accessible directly off the coast, you'll find the most memorable spots are a bit farther out.

    For a unique snorkeling expedition, we recommend embarking on a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) and snorkeling combo tour. We set out early in the morning before the wind picked up and enjoyed a serene escape paddling away on the glassy water. Even more spectacular than the verdant surroundings was watching the light play on the water, the white sand of the ocean floor even visible from our standing position on the boards. After an hour or so of paddling, we dove into the cool water to refresh and snorkel around a handful of top diving spots.

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    Photo by Eric Tours International

    Of course, you don't need to while away the day on the water to have a great time. There are plenty of restaurants and beach chairs lining Sosua Beach where you can sunbathe with a rum cocktail in hand. Vendors will occasionally walk by and try to sell you knick-knacks, but we found all it took was a polite but firm no to stop any haggling.

    We recommend at least one day to experience the nearby beach town of Cabarete. This is the hub of windsurfing and kitesurfing — give the sports a try for yourself with a beginner lesson, or simply enjoy the entertainment.


    Where To Eat

    Of course, you won't want to miss a meal at Casa Veintiuno, whether you choose to stay there or not. For another fantastic gem, try Osteria Toscana. This is authentic Italian food at its finest — some of the best we've had outside Tuscany. Morua Mai is another must. Not only will you find excellent views and a lively atmosphere, the mouthwatering menu always leaves travelers returning for more.

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    Finally, head to Playa Grande to mingle with locals and savor delectable local seafood. Small beachside "restaurants" pull plastic tables and chairs to your preferred shady spot on the sand and then grill fresh lobster and fish. Wash it down with a Presidente and then go for a long walk on this great beach.

    Playa Grande

    Next time you're planning a Caribbean vacation, don't forget to add the Dominican Republic —and specifically Sosua — to your list of possibilities. You won't be disappointed!


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