The best monuments and places to visit in Sosúa
Sosúa, just over 15 miles from the city of Puerto Plata, is one of the must-visit places on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. Thanks to its endless beaches and turquoise waters, its privileged located, and its cultural diversity, Sosúa is one of the country’s main tourist attractions. Did you know that this city was founded by a community of Jews who fled from the Nazis? Discover many other secrets in this post on the main places to visit in Sosúa.
Like in all of the Dominican Republic, one of the main attractions to see in Sosúa is its beaches. In particular, Sosúa Beach is considered by many to be one of the best in the country. Golden sand, crystal clear waters, coconut palms, and many beach bars and restaurants where you can savor the best cocktails and local delicacies. In short, it’s the perfect Caribbean vacation of your dreams.
Playa Alicia is another of the best beaches in the province of Puerto Plata. It’s more natural and less crowded than Sosúa Beach, as it’s far from the bustling city center. Not for nothing is it known as “Miracle Beach”. It’s ideal for taking walks, sunbathing on the golden sand, and swimming in the calm waters surrounded by a barrier reef. This is the perfect place to lay down and enjoy the sun, relax to the sound of the waves, and forget about your daily routine and worries.
Sosúa Bay is well-known in the Dominican Republic as one of the best places to go diving. This is due to the good condition of the coral reefs that surround its beaches. One of the most popular areas for diving is known as Aeropuerto Pared, with up to three different points of immersion. Get ready to enjoy a spectacle of colors and abundant marine life beneath Sosúa’s clear waters.
Likewise, the entire north coast of the island is a paradise for lovers of water sports such as surfing or windsurfing, especially the nearby town of Cabarete.
Visit the El Choco National Park
Very close to Sosúa you can find one of the Dominican Republic’s nature parks that is most worth a visit: El Choco National Park. It offers nearly 50 square miles of jungle, rivers, and numerous networks of aquifers and subterranean waters where the island’s native people used to live. All throughout this park, you can go kayaking, hiking, biking, or explore caves. You can also spot many species of birds, reptiles, and other animals native to the island.
Visit the Jewish Museum
Sosúa is special for many reasons, one of the most curious of which is that it was founded by Jewish refugees. To understand this peculiarity, you have to go back to 1938, one year before the start of World War II, when the Evian Conference was held. The Dominican Republic was one of the few countries which committed to take in refugees from this community. In the end, the country did not receive as many refugees as it had planned, but all of them settled in Sosúa, where they developed a flourishing economy thanks to agriculture and the milk and meat industries they built up.
To learn more about the history of the Jewish refugees who came to this town, you can visit the Jewish Museum of Sosúa. It goes into detail on their history and displays the everyday objects used by these families as well as photographs, letters, and other documents. Without a doubt, this is one of the things to do in Puerto Plata that you cannot miss.
Visit the Mundo King Art Museum
One of the most surprising things to see in Sosúa is the Mundo King Art Museum. This surreal place brings together unusual works of art, ranging from pieces of Haitian and Dominican art to works dedicated to alien worlds. It is housed within a castle with outlandish architecture reminiscent of the works of Antoni Gaudí. The castle was the creation of a German artist who retired in the Caribbean.
Despite the eccentricity of this place, its rooftop terrace offers the best views of Sosúa and the entire Puerto Plata Bay.
Visit the Mirador Park
One of the most emblematic places in Sosúa is Mirador Park, inaugurated in 2011. It is located on the shore of Alicia Beach, on what is known as Dead End Street. Here you can take in the best sea views on the Amber Coast, especially at sunset, when the sun paints the horizon red. It is decorated with symbols of the Jewish religion in honor of the community that founded Sosúa.
Batey and Los Charamicos
This charming town is divided into two areas: Batey, the tourist area where most resorts, hotels, and clubs are located, and Los Charamicos, which is a more working class neighborhood. It’s worth it to spend a few hours in the afternoon exploring both neighborhoods so you can better get to know the daily life, customs, and shops of this area.
To enjoy all the attractions that Puerto Plata and Sosúa have to offer, there is no better place to stay than Senator Puerto Plata Spa Resort, a 5-star resort located in Maimón Bay. It has a spectacular private beach and all the attractions and amenities for a luxurious vacation.