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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 (shirtless & sandalswearing pants and a collard shirt - either a polo or unbuttoned) towards the taxi hub. Ask around where for the taxi meeting point . After a few minutes of asking around, a local with a car will eventually ask you where you want to go. Say you want to go to the airport, and that you will pay $10. Most locals will think this is a good price and take you in their private pickup/car. Included in this price is the 1-3 block drive to your place of stay (to pick up your luggage). Give them the money once at the airport. This is a little more difficult to do with legitimate taxis at the taxi hub.
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 exiled seeking refuge here from Eastern Europe during WWII. It contains the small synogogue, still occasionally used by Jews from the surrounding communities, as well as a small museum documenting the history of the Jewish community in Sosua, both set in a tidy tropical green lawn adjacent to Casa Marina Resort. The synogogue has services on Friday evenings about once per month - check with the museum whether there are services the week you are there. El Batey no longer has an active Jewish community and is currently the tourist section of town, containing several all-inclusive resorts, as well as a number of smaller hotels and guest houses.
At the other end of the beach is Los Charamicos, which is the local's neighborhood and somewhat more run-down and lively than El 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, especially after dark (which is about 6:30 in the Caribbean). 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: whatever Whatever they ask you, cut it at least in half, e.g., RD$500 pesos, you tell them RD$250.00 and start the process. You can probably even start at way below RD$250. You will come out ahead this way. My experience is that the target price for which the kiosk will ultimately settle is about half or slightly below half of the original asking price, but sometimes somewhat below that. The sellers may initially feign offense, but they will keep offering, so keep haggling.
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="" 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, of questionable quality, not so great drinks. Wifi is available without a password. Same as a mid-range U.S. Restaurant / Touristy. The staff here are particularly adept at substituting your order for a more pricey selection, feigning ignorance, and charging you extra on your bill. Not one of the more honest spots in town.</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="" 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="" emailurl="" hours="" price="" faxlat="" urllong="" hoursemail="" pricefax="">German SWISS food located just outside of town on the main road.</eat>
* <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 P.J.'sSinatras, where you can order everything from angus burgers and pizza to lobster and filet" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Great for fine dining, one of the top 3 restaurants in Sosua. Also well known for substituting your selection for the most expensive option on the menu, then blaming the customer for not ordering properly.</eat>
* <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>
* <eat name="P.J.'sSinatras" alt="" address="Pedro Clisante 05" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Sosua's version of a dinerContinental mixed cuisine, featuring large menu with adequate food. Lobster, Seafood Pasta along with a nice wine selection grace this restaurant.</eat> * <eat name="Casa Valeria" alt="" address="Dr.Rosen" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The Casa Valeria Restaurant is a small, but nothing to rave aboutstylish restaurant located in the Casa Valeria Hotel, perfect for breakfast, lunch or romantic dinner, Wifi is available. 24 hour service Casa Valeria proudly serves contemporary cuisine with a Dominican flair and is available during the high seasoncommitted to featuring local produce, naturally raised meats and sustainable seafood whenever possible.</eat>
* <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="" 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="Lomas Mironas - Half Acre Villas" alt="" address="" directions="Midway between Sosua and Cabarete on Highway 5" phone="800-844-4156 or 809-571-2876" email="[email protected]" fax="855-398-4459" url="" checkin="2:00pm" checkout="111:00am" price="$175-$200 per night for three private bedrooms includes one huge master bedroom with private balcony">Lomas Mironas is centrally located off the main highway between the Caribbean beach towns of Sosua (3 miles) and Cabarete (6 miles). Both Sosua and Cabarete are known for their spectacular beaches, fine restaurants and wild nightlife. Cabarete is also a favorite of kiteboard and wind surfers from all over the world. It is a short thirty (30) minute drive from Lomas Mironas to the largest city on the North coast of the Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata. Puerto Plata is a historical Caribbean city and has several major tourist attraction like Ocean World, the Mount Isabel Cable Car Tours and the Fuerte San Felipe (San Felipe Fort)..</sleep>
* <sleep name="Piergiorgio Palace Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="809-571-2626" email="[email protected]" fax="809-571-2786" url="" 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="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The largest selection of villa rentals in Sosua.</sleep>
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