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A Small Town in the Dominican Republic

Aug 17, 2007
Sosua is a small town in the Puerto Plata province of the Dominican Republic. The town is divided into three sectors. A small village with a cosmopolitan character, which offers a superb crescent shaped beach and numerous cafes, bars and restaurants.

The town was developed by a group of approximately 600 Jewish refugees from Europe who settled here in 1940 and founded the now thriving dairy industry for which the village is noted.

The original synagogue built by this expatriate community is still standing and features a museum dedicated to the history of the community.

Near to Sosua is a major family holiday attraction, the Columbus Aqua Park, offering plenty of watery activity.

The Dominican Republic is hot and tropical, with little seasonal variation in temperatures, which average about 77. Seasons can, however, be determined by rainfall, with October to April being the rainy season on the north coast, while May to November is the wettest month in the south of the country.

Hurricanes occur on average once every two years on the island, most striking the south of the country and most happening in August and September.

The busiest time of year to visit is between December and April when North Americans take a tropical break from their winters and from June to September, which coincides with European summer holidays.

Spanish is the official language, but English is spoken in the main tourist centres.

The Sosua beach is one of the finest on the non Caribbean side, with beautiful clear waters. My advice to anyone going is to do as many trips as possible. The white water rafting is amazing as is the horse riding and the rum run is something you will remember. This half km of beach has beautiful soft, white sand, clear turquoise waters, and sits sheltered in a small cove surrounded by amazing high coral cliffs. Just behind the beach there are plenty of souvenir shops and restaurants vying for your business. This is also where most snorkelling and diving tours depart from.

The government provided land and resources with which they created a dairy and cheese factory, named Products Sosua, still in existence today. Descendants of the original settlers still live in Sosua, where they maintain a synagogue and a museum.

Drinking purified bottled water is definitely recommended and is available everywhere in the Dominican Republic. Hotels and restaurants use purified water to clean and cook their food, and purified water is used to make all ice. It is not recommended that you drink tap water. For those with a sensitive stomach, it is not recommended to even use tap water to brush your teeth. The different microbes in the water in the Dominican Republic, compared to ones found in the water supply in other countries, may affect some people adversely.
About the Author
Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Sosua Rental Site
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