Sosua Beaches

Sosua Beaches
Sosua beaches aren’t as well known as other island beach areas such as Puerto Plata and Santo Domingo, but that’s a good thing. Sosua is known to attract visitors looking for a quiet seaside break where all essentials are available and development has been kept to a minimum but they can still find some of the prettiest Dominican Republic beaches. Safe, clean, and well established as a haven for expats, Sosua offers a convenient diversity of amenities and hotels, and the beaches are pristine and natural. A short distance to Puerto Plata city, Sosua is within easy distance of big city delights with a backdrop that signifies everything leisurely.

Playa Sosua

Playa Sosua Dominican Republic is the main beach within the region and the most popular. If any crowds are found within the area, it will be here. Still, aside from crowds, there is plenty to enjoy, including horseback riding, scuba diving, snorkeling, and deep sea fishing trips. The area is lively and near many attractions, including the historic Jewish neighborhood El Batey with a synagogue on the list of must-see sights. This area is no longer home to the Jewish community, who first settled during WWII. It is now the main tourist hub housing all the guesthouses, inns, and all inclusive hotels. There is a colorful row of vendors along the beach offering regional handicrafts, and plenty of spots to grab a cold drink and try some local fare.

Playa Chiquita

North of Playa Sosua, Playa Chiquita is the tiniest of all Sosua beaches and because of its size, not many tourists make the trek. Just north of the El Batey tourist area in Sosua, Chiquita offers a small slice of golden-sand beach that dips gradually into the water. Chiquita is, however, frequented by residents that live within a large developed community in the surrounding area.

Playa Encuentro

A hotspot for windsurfing, kiteboarding, and surfing, Playa Encuentro has great waves and a long, firm coastline. This shared beach between neighboring Cabarete and Sosua is definitely worth a visit, but is not necessarily the best beach for lounging or swimming. With a very rocky shoreline and powerful waves, swimming is not recommended. The beach doesn’t offer enough width for sunbathing, especially when the tide is high and there is only a small strip of sand left.

Kite Beach

West of Barrio Pie del Fuerte in Sosua Dominican Republic, Kite Beach is one of the newer Sosua beaches currently being developed further to accommodate increasing tourism. As the name implies, kitesurfing (and windsurfing) is famed here with plenty of outfitters around to show you the ropes. The beach is a short walk from the city center and flanked by animated restaurants and bars.

Escondido Bay Beach

Situated between Sosua and Cabarete, Playa Escondido affords a prime oceanfront setting that’s both quiet and scenic. Head to Playa Escondido now before development is in full swing. There are already vacation rentals in place so snagging one up means access to both a quiet beach area ideal for swimming and sunbathing, as well as quick route to town for evening entertainment and day-to-day necessities.

Casa Marina Beach

Casa Marina Beach is a large, almost oval shaped beach bordered by several large hotels, including one of the same name, within the El Batey Jewish quarter. The beach is a busy one because of the calm surf and picturesque, turquoise Caribbean water.

Playa Alicia

Accessed from the waterfront restaurants, Playa Alicia eschews everything mainstream and instead provides a backdrop that is serene. It is one of the smallest beaches within Sosua offering the big rewards of seclusion and a genuine natural feel.

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