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The cheapest way to move between Sosua and the surrounding cities and towns of [[Puerto Plata]], [[Cabarete]] and [[Rio San Juan]], as well as the tourist resorts in between, is by ''guagua'' (Caribbean Spanish slang for bus), which are small mini-vans operating on the main highway between Puerto Plata and Rio San Juan. At peak hours they pass every five or ten minutes. Short distances (i.e., Sosua to [[Cabarete]]) should cost no more than twenty pesos to Cabarete, to 30 pesos to Puerto Plata. They will pack in up to twenty-five people per mini-van (this is not an exaggeration!), with passengers almost in each other's laps. Watch your wallet! You may even have someone's cage of roosters deposited on you lap. Then the merengue starts up on the radio and half the passengers pitch in, singing from memory.
Tourist taxis are plentiful but expensive when compared to the other modes of transportation in Sosua. As of March 2009, tourist taxi from Caribe Tours bus station to El Batey run 150 pesos. A taxi from Sosua to Puerto Plata airport will charge $25US for the car. Many taxi drivers will attempt quote $25US per person, so be aware. Note that it is possible to get a ride for as low as $10US, however, you must #1 dress the part #2 speak good spanish. Leave your luggage at your place of stay, and go out dressed like a local (
The taxi ride from the airport to almost any point in Sosua is less than 10 minutes. You will pay about $15US from Sosua to Cabarete but this is a complete ripoff when the guagua runs through town and charges 20 pesos (about 0.60 US at the time of this writing) per person. Guaguas and publicos run through the main roads. You have to flag them down so they will stop for you.
'''Playa Sosua''' is the town's main beach. It is a fun, colorful and lively beach which is approximately one kilometer long, with a row of shacks along the back, selling food, drinks and souvenirs. At one end of the beach is the El Batey neighborhood, which was founded by a community of about 600 Jews
At the other end of the beach is Los Charamicos, which is the local's neighborhood and somewhat more run-down and lively than Batey. For an authentic cockfighting experience go to Club Gallistico, in Charamicos. It is along one of the main streets but you will have to ask for directions. Cockfights are on Saturday afternoons and sometimes on other days of the week. It is best not to venture alone into the alleyways of Charamicos as they are unsafe. The main streets should be OK.
The beach is very popular and offers the best local option for the snorkeling enthusiast - snorkelers should swim out to the reef that lies about 100m from the shore. A beach chair rental should cost about RD$60. Refuse to pay any more. Equipment can also be rented there. There are lots of gift shops where you will be quoted absolutely laughable prices. (60 dollars for T-shirts, 50 dollar tote bags 150-200 dollars for some cheap Haitian paintings.) Your [[haggle|bargaining]] skills will be needed. Tip:
There are two other beaches in town. '''Playa Alicia''' is accessible from the On the Waterfront restaurant. This beach is quieter and more sterile than Playa Sosua, and is thus a good option for those who want to trade a bit of local color for a more relaxed experience. The town's third and smallest beach is accessible from the Sosua by the Sea hotel.
Sosua has a large number of restaurants and you can find authentic German Food, Italian Food, English fare, and of course, if you look for it, traditional Dominican cooking. Many Dominicans can cook food rivaling NYC restaurants on not much more than a hot plate and an open flame. Service time varies in between restaurants and in between different nights. Often the same restaurant will be very slow one night (coincidentally when the boss in not around) and excellent the next.
* <eat name="Baileys" alt="" address="Calle Alejo Martinez" directions="In the middle of Sosua, Literally." phone="809-571-3085" url="http://www.baileys-sosua.com" hours="8:30am-?" price="Tourist Prices" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A restaurant with everything, from local to U.S., German, Italian, and other cuisines. Very spacious. A great place for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The staff is fluent in many languages, and courteous. This is a real taste of home, no matter where you are from. Large portions, great drinks. Wifi is available without a password. Same as a mid-range U.S. Restaurant / Touristy.</eat>
Big D's BBQ on the beach. Derrick, the owner, is a celebrity chef in the USA. Good BBQ. Prices are fairly inexpensive, especially given the high quality of the food. #109 on Sosua Beach.
* <eat name="Britannia Pub" alt="" address="13 Pedro Clisante" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.britanniapubsosua.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A great place for a few drinks and a delicious meal. Breakfast is of large portion and don't forget their famous fish and chips. Take heed of the specials which tend to be excellent. They also serve the coldest Presidente in Sosua and have one of the best happy hours in town. Wifi is available.</eat>
* <eat name="El Choco" alt="" address="" directions="" phone=""
* <eat name="El Toro" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A German run establishment on the far end of Pedro Clisante offering (arguably) the best steak in town.</eat>
* <eat name="Josef's Bar and Grill" alt="" address="" directions="located at the back of the Sosua-by-the-Sea Hotel property, although open to the public)" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="Th-Sa, 7PM until late" price="$15 - $40 per person">Located amidst perhaps the most impressive setting of any of Sosua's restaurants, this establishment has four tables set on a spit of land with waves crashing literally feet away. The food is prepared creatively with excellent presentation and an interesting mix of flavors. Note that there is a hotel restaurant located adjacent to this one, so be sure to make it clear that you want to eat at Josef's, otherwise the menu and vista will be significantly less impressive. One helpful tip: while the setting is romantic and inspiring, on nights when the sea is rough consider avoiding the last table located closest to the water.</eat>
* <eat name="Morua Mai" alt="" address="" directions="right across from
* <eat name="On the Waterfront" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="$20 - $45 per person">An upscale restaurant which has excellent food on a cliff overlooking the ocean. The open-air setting is ideal for watching sunsets or romantic evenings. Happy hour is from 5-7PM.</eat>
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* <eat name="Pica Pollo" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The fried chicken at lunch is not to be missed and is quite affordable. Shouldn't cost more than 4 US-Dollars. Best served with fritos (fried bananas - taste like french fries) or aroz y habichuelas (rice and beans).</eat>
* <sleep name="Casa Marina Beach Resort" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="809 571-3535" email="[email protected]" fax="809 571-3104" url="http://amhsamarina.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="">The biggest all-inclusive in town, located next to Playa Alicia. If you search online you can sometimes find deep-discount packages as cheap as $500 to $1,000 for a full week.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Piergiorgio Palace Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="809-571-2626" email="[email protected]" fax="809-571-2786" url="http://www.piergiorgiopalace.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="$95-$125 for standard rooms, suites $250+">This large, colonial-style hotel is located on a cliff above the water, and offers a massive and impressive lobby, clean and functional rooms, and plenty of secluded cliffside grottos for romantic moments or quiet contemplation. There is a bar and restaurant onsite with friendly and attentive staff, and while the food isn't bad it is pricier than comparable meals in town. A large breakfast buffet is included in the room rate.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Sosua-by-the-Sea" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">The most inexpensive all-inclusive, with walk-in prices for under $100 per night in the off season.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Sosua Villa Rentals" alt="" address="" directions="" phone
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