Sandwiched between Puerto Plata and the watersports haven of Cabarete, Sosua Beach has a local feel which is lost in the other two towns. Groups of children play along the shoreline while coffee-sipping Doiminican men play checkers beneath the palm grove. A smattering of beach bars line the shoreline where drink specials and appetizers are cheaper than at the resorts.
There is also great snorkeling in the confines of Sosua, and this protected cove is often free of wind when the nearby coastlines are gusty. Men strolling the beach will offer to rent you snorkeling gear (as well as sell fruit, souvenirs, or rent you a cabana), and women frequenting the nearby beach bars might be offering more than you’re looking for.
Accessible as a day trip from Puerto Plata or Cabarete, Sosua Beach is a welcome change of pace where the day-today existence is noticeably more raw.