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Spanish in Sosua

How to Spend Your Downtime in Sosua

If you are at heart an explorer, adventurer, water baby, party animal or even a beach bum, then Sosua has something for you. Its laid back lifestyle and good time ambience combined with friendly locals and plenty of things to see and do, make Sosua the perfect spot for well earned get away, that you could even combine with studying Spanish.

Sosua is a small town and very easy to get around on foot or "motoconcho" (essentially hitching a ride on the back of a Domincan's motorbike for a small fee). Additionally, for any trips further afield, for example if you decide to head to nearby Puerto Plata or Cabarete, there are frequent bus services...just be sure to keep an eye on your wallet and don't be surprised at the amount of live chickens and other assortment of animals that are often to be found on board these buses. All in the name of an authentic Dominican Republic experience however.

The main beach is called Playa Sosua and at one end of it you will find the area known as "Batey" which was originally a community established by Jewish immigrants. Today the only evidence that really remains of the Jewish background is the synagogue, that still has services about once month and the well kept museum documenting the history of the Jewish people in the Dominican Republic. The area is now the tourist area and brimming with hotels, shops and restaurants. At the opposing end of the approximately 1km long beach you will find Los Charamicos, the part of town where the locals live. It also has a lively nightlife, but is a bit more dangerous for tourists. The beach itself is lively and fun, with stalls selling food, drink and souvenirs and renting out equipment for snorkeling. For something a bit more tranquil, there is Playa Alicia, a smaller and quieter beach.

Something in the Water

Sousa

Sosua probably attracts the majority of its tourists, backpackers and lost souls because of the wealth of water sports that are on offer. The main beach is a hot spot for snorkeling and there are plenty of fishies out there to catch a glimpse of, including flounder, parrot fish, grouper and porcupine. Scuba diving is also popular and there are plenty of companies organising excursions out to sea both at Sosua and in the nearby towns of Puerto Plato and Cabarete, where there is a host of underwater delights to explore, such as canyons, shipwrecks and reefs and in deeper areas sightings of humpback whales are also possible. Just off the coast of Puerto Plata you will find the wreck of the Spanish galleon, La Concepción, which met its end carrying a cargo of newly minted silver coins, many of which were not recovered until as late as 1979. The northern coast of the Dominican Republic is also a haven for a huge range of other water sports, such as windsurfing, wakeboarding and kitesurfing. Nearby Cabarete annually hosts the World Kiteboarding Championships and there are several schools offering lessons. Surfing lessons are also easy to come by and for those of you feeling that bit more adventurous, just forty minutes away from Sosua is the opportunity to go 'waterfall cascading' in Damajagua where you can hike, climb and cliff jump the day away.

For those who prefer to catch and eat fish rather than swim with them, there are plenty of companies in Sosua and the surrounding coastal area that hire out fishing boats for the day, so you can try your hand at a spot of deep sea fishing in one of the most tropically serene settings imaginable. A lot of the fish you will find in the ocean surrounding Sosua can also be seen up close in the nearby Ocean World Adventure Park where you can interact and swim with many types of underwater creatures like dolphins, sharks and stingrays. There are also impressive shows and displays on a daily basis.

Ocean Front Golf

Twenty minutes away from Sosua is a place that golf enthusiasts should not miss. There is a pristine ocean front golf course designed by the revered Robert Trent Jones. Golf What could be nicer than a relaxing round of golf in this picturesque and refreshing setting, followed by a cold Presidente beer, the island's own brand. Speaking of beer and all things related, one more thing that Sosua is renowned for is its buzzing nightlife and there is a seemingly endless selection of bars and clubs and even restaurants with cuisines from all corners of the globe for a good feed after your Spanish lessons. Seafood is fresh and the local food has a tasty tropical twist. You will find something every night of the week to suit every taste, whether it be traditional live music, merengue dancing or pumping club beats.

There is plenty of cultural activities on offer in Sosua for when you are feeling guilty about your days spent lying on the beach and your nights spent socialising in the bars. The Amber Museum and the Jewish Museum are both interesting and well put together museums with intriguing collections. There are plenty of trips to be easily made from Sosua as well and miles of beautiful coastline to be explored. Nearby Puerto Plata is bigger than Sosua and offers even more activities such as horse riding, impressive views from Mount Isabel, a huge hill with a statue of Jesus Christ atop, a nice teleferico ride and a more private beach that that of Sosua.

Sosua is not for those who fancy learning Spanish in amongst the bright lights of the big city, but it more than makes up for its small size by being a vibrant, friendly and full of life town that welcomes all who pass through it.