Lush, sensual tropical spot for fun
Resort was abit dodgy at night therefore didnt go out after the first night
Beach! Beach! Beach!
Sea World Dominican-German style in Cofresi , about 15 km west of Puerto Plata. I haven't been there but just can imagine judging by the propaganda pictures. Probably a fun filled day for couples young at heart and families with kids between 5 and 12 years....Better take swimming trunks and suits with you. You can swim or pet with dolphins ,...more
Just leave your notebook at home..... Nothing more ridiculous than dragging your work along on a sunny carribean holiday... And do not expect too many wi-fi areas anyway.... Maybe at the airport ? And hooking it up to a telephone line and dial up...???? No way, right ? Too slow.....But then what if you HAVE to check your emails or bank account...more
This is a very popular excursion in the Dominican Republic. Enjoy a fun day out with professional guides and explore the unspoilt Dominican countryside. You can see breathtaking views over the beautiful island aswell as going through back street county roads, crossing rivers, streams and lovely sugar cane fields. Then you visit small villages and...more
This is a light tip.... just take your legs and go for a walk , there's always something new to discover......Pic 1 shows you the other kind of street hustling, propaganda signs in a row like dominos....I found this exhibition of these announced services pathetic and funny at the same time.....I hope they have a reasonable transaction volume after...more
Ocean World is located in Puerto Plata. It was the highlight of our holiday. I had a fabulous time here and had lots of fun swimmng with the dolphins and we also did the Sea Lion encounter, these are amazing animals and are full of character and life. They perform an amazing show which shows off the clever skills of the lovely Sea Lions.You may...more
As in any broad mass tourist place on a shore there are foreign owned and run scuba schools en masse too.... Walk down the Playa Sosua and you'll find all these diving outlets and more....the north coast is pretty nice for diving albeit it doesn't have the splendid diversity of fish and other ocean wildlife as in southern Thailand, Sri Lanka, Kenia...more
#7 Calle Llibre, Sosua, Dominican Republic, Caribbean
Good for: Business
What I especially liked in Casa Cayena was the fact that it was not a beach hotel and therefore nor...more
I stayed here in Jan/Feb 2001 and remember pretty much still.... The hotel is "the dream come true"...more
The food is really good, I recommended!!!. I have to agree with the other comments on the restaurant, the chef does has a bitter face. But one fact is that the German chef is the husband of the "OWNER" of LA FINCA RESTAURANT, the elegant beautiful Dominican lady!!! I love all the dishes they'll have you wanting moremore
The cuisine is typical great American food, and the value is excellent! About 6:00 p.m. there is a small group of expatriates dining there among others. Their food & beverage/ kitchen is excellent and the portions generous and tasty.The owner, Marc Beland keeps an active eye on things and a photo of him can be seen on his website: www.rockysbar.com...more
We went to Luigi's Italian restaurant three times during our stay in Sosua. You have to book a reservation in advance which was never a problem. The restaurant has a nice cosy atmosphere and was always busy. It overlooked the swimming pool at the Casa Marina Beach Hotel which looked beautiful at night with all the lights around the pool.Each time...more
This club was by far the best nightclub in Sosua for dancing and the hottest women. The Music is banging, Latin, dance, hip Hop etc... The night I was there, they had a guess DJ from New York City who was off the hook. The dancefloor was going crazy. Drink prices are reasonable and there is no better place for music women and booze. Defenitely a...more
This place is everything in the title plus dancing, eating and drinking, people watching, maybe adult spot and definitely meat hustling market # 1 in Sosúa..... As I usually sat at Central Bar, some three or four meters away from Merengues entrance, the girls swapped over and it was many times a sheer pleasure to kid around with them if they had...more
Sitting anywhere on Calle Pedro Clisante at night watching the crowds walk by you will undoubtely spot this gentleman with the freaky haircut..... In fact, I was so impressed that I asked him if I could take a couple of pictures of him which he gently okayed. It turned out that he is a magician who cruises the busy Sosúa streets at night in search...more
The drivers of motoconchos (called motoconchistas) can be quite helpful, not just in Sosúa. We were driving around the DR and asked motoconchistas a number of times to guide us to a given destination. (Street and road signs are not all that common in the DR.) The drivers were friendly and helpful. If all you ask for are directions, no money is...more
The most common form of transport in Sosua is the use of a Motoconcho, this means the back seat of a moped or motorbike. Almost everyone in Sosua uses this transport and it was amusing watching people pass by, sometimes you would see just two people on the bike which was okay, sometimes three or four people would pile onto the back of the bike and...more
Gregório Luperon Puerto Plata International Airport ( POP ) , gateway to the DR North Coast.....Arriving here you get a merengue playing band before you even get near the passport control... I guess you're supposed to tip them but I was not really in the mood.... Too tired, too noisy....Before you present yourself at the passport control you have...more
Johnson's features the better quality jewelry in the area. Both the look and feel of their jewelry speaks of quality. In Sosua, Johnson's is the Tiffanys. For the quality, their pricing is reasonable. Larimar, Amber, etc. reasonable pricing, ask about discounts on more than one piece...more
I'd say what makes these so special is the colossal accumulation of futil items in such small areas and the worries the shopowners must go through when they see a rare gringo opening his wallet to buy one of these items at another store.......... because they all carry more or less the same merchandise and probably have the same furnisher.....If...more
Whether you have a whole badge of 1000 Peso bank notes left over or not, getting early to the airport gives you a chance to spend some more money.....Maybe a kitschy gift or two for the left behinds at home from the numerous cheapo kiosks scattered all over... where you can also actually find a few items worth acquiring...Or if you're into refined...more
You have to pay a departure tax when leaving the Dom Rep.It is 20 US Dollars per person.Make sure you save this at the beginning of your holiday, we kept it save inside our passports so we didnt spend it. But it has been known that people havent had the money when leaving the country.. not quite sure what happens there though.We had to go through...more
You can buy your tourist visa before you travel to the Dom Rep or you can get it on arrival at Puerta Plata airport. We were worried that there was going to be anormous queues of people wanting to get a visa but i was surprised.All we did was go straight through to a counter, they check your passport and you give them 10 US Dollars per person. Try...more
I'm very fond of this popular music of the Dominican Republic. Basically, it was the music of the poor people. The most popular bachatu is Anthony Santos. When I went for the 1st time in DR in September 1996, I heard in the streets of Sosùa the hit song "De ti" from the bachatero Andy Peña, named el beiby del Amargue. I loved it and bought his...more
So many people have come to Sosúa , many times as simple tourists... and thought they had "discovered" their paradise.... next step , they thought buying real estate in Sosúa or adjacent communities like Cabarete would be a wonderful investment , dreaming of a house on the hill with ocean view or really oceanfront..... next comes the plundering of...more
As I pointed out in my Sosua Intro, you cannot be careful enough in trying to protect your property if you own some in Sosua, surroundings and probably in all of the DR because laws are full of loopholes, bureaucracy and creepy tardiness of the courts wear down the strongest steel nerves and there's an obstacle at every step you make. So be...more
Would you appreciate catburgers or dogsteaks....? Grilled parrotbreast ?? Hamster nuggets ?? When you walk down Calle Pedro Clisante you can see a VERY weird sign...... and it's a big one too.....So think twice before you take your poodle or kittykat with you on your trip......Pic 2 already reveals that the vet must have a pretty tilted sense of...more
Make sure you get some small notes when you change your currency before you travel. We made sure we had plenty of one US Dollar bills and it was a good job we have some because when you arrive into Puerta Plata airport and collect your suitcases all the locals flock to you and grab your suitcases then expect a tip, we were okay with giving a tip as they were helpful however some people we spoke said the men were quite rude and demanded a tip... only give a tip if you feel the service was good.
Unique Suggestions: I saw a family of four and again the men at the airport took all the cases then wanted a tip, i saw the poor tourist give the man 20 US Dollars because he obviously had nothing less. I personally would not do it, so to avoid this situation get some small notes before you travel.
Fun Alternatives: You could always say no thank you but they are quite firm and take the suitcases anyway but if you do not have any money tell them as soon as they touch your case.... im sure they will soon let you have it back if they know they aint going to get a tip!
Luggage and bags:
Make your luggage stand out with a bright coloured tag or tie something around the handle of your suitcase. Its a nightmare waiting in the foreign airport (with no air conditioning) and sweating away. By doing this it saves you time.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: There were some rain storms whilst we were in Sosua so bring an umbrella to be on the safe side, there was nothing worse than going back to the room to get ready to go out and then getting soaked as we walked to the restaurant so take one just in case. Also take a light jacket for the evenings, it was only chilly a couple of nights as our hotel was right by the sea.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take plenty of paracetemols, imodium pills and insect repellent as it is quite expensive in Sosua. Also things such as shampoo, conditioner, gel or hair spray was quite expensive so make sure you take plenty of your own stuff. I did find the sun lotions in Sosua to be really cheap though, they had some good brands such as Hawaiian Tropic, Nivea, Malibu etc.
Photo Equipment: Lots of camera film or a memory stick for your digital camera is needed and a water camera.... especially if you go to Ocean World. There are lots of excellent photo opportunities there.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Its very hot and humid in Sosua so all your beach wear, flipflops, hats, sunglasses, protective clothing for children and sunblock will all be needed for a nice day at the beach.
Miscellaneous: Gaz purchased a lilo when we got there as the sunbeds at the hotel were really uncomfortable. The lilo only cost around £3.00 which was a bargain. They also sell snorkelling gear, baby floats, balls and rubber rings to keep the children entertained for a good price.
For those who know the history of Sosúa and not only the bars and beaches, seeing this tiny synagogue tucked away between hotel bunkers comes as no surprise. As already mentioned in my intro page, jewish refugees, mainly from Germany and Austria, made it out from hell at the beginning of the 40' and were invited by then President and Dictator...more
I just returned from sousa and all i can say is yikessss. If you go stay at a secrue resort with everything there . Don't try to save money andd get cheap accomidations. Most people there will harrase you . people there are like used cars salesman trying to sell you crap. The nightlife is fun but becareful cause the chicas will rob you blind....more
Dominican Republic is an excellent value for money destination. Its not one of the best Caribbean islands but it still has a authentic Caribbean feel to it. You will find the Dominican Republic is always cheaper to travel to than other Caribbean islands such as Mexico, Jamaica, Cuba, Barbados and more.But if your wanting a good value holiday with...more
Taking a walk you might be interested that in Calle Ayuntamiento are the "Municipality Offices", which translates in my opinion into something like the city hall , a sure red tape and much ink bet...Further up where Calle Ayuntamiento hits Calle Pedro Clisante you will find a user friendly, ready for international money transfer bank , Banco Santa...more
Before going to the Dominican Republic I did some research on the internet. I entered a forum and asked what to do during Christmas. Well, this is how I met Colleen. She runs the Checkpoint Bar and Sandwich Bar with her husband. When we walked up to the bar and I asked if she was Colleen (sosuagal), she knew who I was right away. Even though she...more
The Dominican currency steadily depreciated for the first several year of the new millennium, reaching an exchange rate of nearly 60 DOP to 1 USD in early 2004. Since that time, the Dominican Peso has gained ground on the dollar and at the time of writing (2005) converted at approximately 30 DOP to 1 USD. Currently, the Dominican Peso is exchanged...more