The North Coast of the Dominican Republic has been a top tourist destination for Europeans for nearly three decades. There is a very large expat community in Sosúa, which consists of mostly German, British, American, and Canadian expats.
Sosúa is a small town in the Puerto Plata province of the Dominican Republic. Located approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) from the Puerto Plata International Airport (POP), the town is accessed primarily by Camino Cinco, or Highway 5, which runs much of the length of the country’s North coastline. The town is divided into three sectors: El Batey, which is the main section where most tourists visit, Sosúa Abajo, and Los Charamicos. Sosua Bay attracts many water sports enthusiasts, including snorkelers and divers because of its sheltered, calm waters, diverse species of fish and intricate reef structures.
Cabarete is a small, laid-back Caribbean beach village located only 20 minutes away from the Puerto Plata International Airport on the northern shore of the Dominican Republic. It’s a perfect tropical vacation spot. With its charming, hip ambience and a combination of relaxed and adventurous lifestyles, most visitors can barely resist the spontaneous temptation of extending their stay and just hang around the place for another while, and even move here permanently.
It was founded in 1835 by Zephaniah Kingsley (as part of his Mayorasgo de Koka estate) along with his mixed-race family, and 53 slaves he freed from his Florida plantations and brought here while the island was under Haitian administration. Anna Kingsley owned a house in the harbor that stretched out to the sea. Several descendants of the Kingsleys and of the former slaves live in the area today.Cabarete Bay has been the location of professional kitesurfing competitions (e.g. “WorldCup/Copa Mundial”, Master of the Ocean), and nearby Playa Encuentro (3 miles to the west) is among the most popular surfing beaches in the Caribbean.
There is a unique mix of people in the Dominican Republic, with a rich cultural heritage from many different parts of the world. The Taino Indians were the original inhabitants.
Puerto Plata is one of the ten provinces with large cattle ranches in the Dominican Republic. This city produces and exports cocoa, tobacco and coffee. There is also a fishing industry and other products such as liquor, furs, leathers and dairy are produced in Puerto Plata.
The North Shore area of the island encompasses 186 miles or 299km of prime waterfront property, so the region surrounding Puerto Plata is called the Silver Coast or the Amber Coast. This city lies on the rainier or more verdant side of the island. Puerto Plata is known for sudden rainfalls which last for a short time, but is enough to keep the landscape green and fresh.
Puerto Plata city only has few tourist attractions and it appeals to the mass crowd with a preference for the more affordable all-inclusive resorts. This type of accommodation has emerged in large numbers on this coast over the years. In fact, Puerto Plata does not have most of the hotels as they are found in a tourist area known as Playa Dorada.
When it comes to attraction, the San Felipe fortress is a popular site in Puerto Plata and one of the oldest sites in the New World. The La Isabella National Park is another famous site, which is the first European settlement of the New World; the ruins of Christopher Columbus original home and the foundation for the first church that was constructed in the Americas. This Park also has a Taino museum, local gift and crafts shop, and more.