Rules You Must Obey In Sosua

These are not really rules, but “guidelines”, so please read them carefully.

  1. You are in a different country – respect their rules, culture, customs and way of life. Do not compare where you come from and the Dominican Republic and think stuff like “this is not how it’s done in my country or so and so”. The Dominican Republic is a Spanish speaking country, so don’t expect people to talk to you in English, make the effort and communicate in Spanish. Refer to the Spanish chapter for the basics.
  2. No showing off – the Dominican Republic is indeed a third world country, thus there is a lot of corruption and high levels of unemployment. Furthermore, wages are very low compared to first-world nations. So please do not come to Sosúa flashing your nice clothes, jewellery, shoes, etc.
  3. Never carry more than 3000 pesos on you. God forbid the unthinkable happens… although unlikely, you never know, so in the event, you get robbed, make sure that you are not carrying a lot of cash on you. A good meal anywhere in Sosúa for 1 person is less than 1000 pesos, so you don’t need to walk around with a ton of cash on you, and whatever you do, don’t make it “rain” ever… whether you are in the club, bar, etc. Don’t do it.
  4. Everything is negotiable in the Dominican Republic, so negotiate EVERYTHING up front, especially when dealing with “chicas”, make sure you agree upon a price beforehand. If you must pay your way out of trouble, pay.
  5. Thou shall not do drugs of any kind or engage in shady activities… and please for the love of GOD stay away from trouble, this includes arguing with Police or getting into fights with the locals. It will not end well for you. It would be an utter nightmare.

The Dominican Cuisine

The Dominican Cuisine is delicious, lots of different delicious options to taste. I find that the most common foods that the locals eat are rice, plantains, beans and chicken. In this gallery, you will see all the different types of foods I ate while in the Dominican Republic and what you can expect. This is not everything but I took as many pictures as I could. I wish I took more, but this gives you a good idea.

For your own information: you will not see any of America’s popular fast food restaurants like McDonald’s, or KFC, etc unless you are in the capital city if the Dominican Republic – Santo Domingo. Even there you won’t see them everywhere but expect to see them in all the big malls.

Below are the best Dominican dishes:

  • Habichuelas con Dulce (Sweet Cream of Beans)
  • Sancocho (7-Meat Stew)
  • Arroz Blanco (White Rice)
  • Mangú (Plantain Mash)
  • Habichuelas Guisadas (Stewed Bean)
  • Pollo Guisado (Braised Chicken)
  • Ensalada Verde (Green Salad)
  • Tostones (Twice-Fried Plantains)

Drinks and beverages: almost all menus in Sosúa and all over the Dominican Republican you will find the following drinks on their menus, all very popular – MUST TRY:

  1. Presidente (Beer)
  2. Mamajuana
  3. Mojito
  4. Pina Colada
  5. Coco Loco
  6. Banana Mama
  7. Blue Hawaiin

Alicia Beach

Alicia beach is a beautiful beach, also located in Sosua right next to the main beach, playa Sosua. It is smaller and attracts mostly tourists from the nearby hotels and apartments. If you want to enjoy some quiet time on the beach, then I recommend you come here. It is quiet, peaceful and beautiful – you are not going to find music and all the craziness that happens on Sosua beach. There is no beach access at night.

I hope you enjoy the gallery above of Alicia beach, use the previous and next button to view the entire gallery.

Cabarete Beach At Night

Cabarete beach is also located on the North Coast in the town of Cabarete and is also one of the beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic. Cabarete is about 20 minutes away from Sosua, and is much smaller than Sosua. Cabarete beach is not as lively as Sosua beach but it is the best place to Kite Surf and other water spots in the DR.

Even though it is not as lively as Sosua Beach, Cabarete beach is open day and night, and as you can see on the pictures in this gallery, it is very romantic at night. So if you are in the Puerto Plata area of the Dominican Republic, I highly recommend spending a night or two in Cabarete.

Sosúa Beach

Sosúa Beach (playa Sosúa in Spanish) is without question one of the most beautiful beaches not just in the Dominican Republic, but in the world. It is so lively and fun, and each site part of the beach has its own vibe, thanks to the different music and entertainment offered by the many shops and restaurants that line up the beach in other to attract customers to their establishments. This is the largest beach in all of Sosua and here you will find both tourists and locals – Sundays are packed with locals.

What can you do on Sosúa Beach? Anything you want:

  • Relax and “people watch”
  • Go for a nice long walk
  • You can get a massage, manicure and pedicure.
  • Go snorkeling
  • You can enjoy a nice meal with friends
  • Go on a boat ride

… and so much more as you can see on the photos gallery. Unfortunately the beach closes around 6 pm and is not available at night, however drive 20 minutes to Cabarete beach if you want to enjoy a beach at night.