Sosua, Dominican Republic

Sosua is located in the Dominican Republic, and is known for being both a historically rich and exciting destination. The area was established in the 1940s when the Dominican Government offered to accept Jewish immigrants from Europe, specifically from Germany and Austria. These Jewish refugees established the town of Sousa, and began a cheese and milk factory called Productos Sosua, which is still running and available for tours to this day. Today, the area is home to many expatriates from Germanic countries, as well as Canadians, British, and Americans.

The city of Sousa is divided into three sections: El Batey, Sousa Abajo, and Los Charamicos. The latter two districts are home to local Dominicans, most of which work in the tourism industry and travel daily to the El Batey district. Los Charamicos is also known to be a nightlife capital, although most of the patrons are locals rather than expatriates or travelers. The El Batey district is home to most international residents and tourists, and was the initial settlement of European Jews in the 1940s. Most of the town’s tourism industry is based here, and nearly every hotel and hostel can be found in El Batey.

Tourism in Sousa as well as Holidays to Dominican Republic really began to take off in the 1980s, thanks in large part to it’s waterfront location and tropical climate. Visitors come to Sousa in order to enjoy the beautiful beaches and diving, as well as partake in a big industry for the town–the nightlife. There are many beachside bars, and the area of Pedro Clisante is known for it’s thriving expat community at night. Rum based drinks are of course the most popular, but locals beers are cheapest and just as delicious as their imported European counterparts.

The main beach is called Playa Sousa, and is over a kilometer long. Countless shacks run alongside the shore, each with a vendor selling items to tourists like drinks, snacks, or souvenirs. Beach supplies can also be rented, like lounge chairs, umbrellas, or snorkeling equipment. Snorkeling is a popular activity on Playa Sousa, thanks to a coral reef just beyond the shoreline. For a quieter and more tranquil beach-going experience, you can visit the Playa Alicia, another beach nearby. Fewer vendors means less local flavor, but it can be calmer and more relaxing if you need to decompress after a night of barhopping.

Sousa is a beautiful and vibrant town, and one that attracts many tourists annually. With a combination of Dominican heritage, early 20th century European history, stunning beaches, and an exciting nightlife, Sousa is the ideal destination for any traveler.


Samana, Dominican Republic

Whether it’s whale watching at Samana Bay, a horseback ride to the beautiful waterfall of El Salto del Limón, or swimming with the Sea Lions, all this and much more await you in Samana!

Located on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, the Samana Peninsula is a beautiful and welcoming destination. The Samana Peninsula was first visited by Christopher Columbus in 1493. He named the bay where he and his men landed Golfo de las Flechas due to the welcome he and his men received from the indigenous Ciguayo Indians. When they arrived and began exploring this beautiful new land, they were attacked fiercely by the Ciguayo who released a hail of arrows on them, thus the name given to this place, which means gulf of arrows.

The town of Samana was later founded by freed slaves from the United States in the 1820s. Their descendants can still be found living in the area and many speak English as their first language. The influence of these first English speaking residents is still prominent in the culinary, architectural and religious customs in Samana.

Today, Santa Barbara de Samaná, or just Samana, is the largest city on the Samana Peninsula. Unlike many Caribbean destinations, Samana does not have all the glitz and sophistication of many of its counterparts. Instead, visitors find a beautiful, relaxed hideaway, very much the way you would envision it in Columbus’s day. There are some fine resorts with all the amenities you will need but the area is largely untouched, making it an island paradise perfectly suited to a romantic retreat or a family vacation.

The Samana Peninsula has an abundance of the natural beauty that the Dominican Republic is famous for that will entice visitors to explore this island paradise. Crystal clear waters along pristine white sand beaches, lush tropical vegetation and picturesque rugged terrain offer the perfect place for a relaxing getaway.

The Samana Peninsula offers some of the best diving on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The many variations in the underwater terrain offer an outstanding dive for those seeking an underwater adventure! The clear water offers excellent visibility for diving and exploration. During the winter season from mid-January till mid-March, vast numbers of humpback whales frequent the area during their migration to warmer waters. Along the coast of the peninsula surrounding the many small islands in the bay is a series of caves, swim-throughs and tunnels interspersed throughout the reef system along the sea floor.

One of the jewels of the Samana Peninsula is the Parque Nacional de Los Haitises. This magnificent park is well known for the Taino cave paintings and carvings that date back to the 1500s. There are many attributes of this lush tropical forest area that make it one of the premier eco-tourism destinations within Samana. These include the red and white mangrove swamps, numerous cayes and lagoons and a reef system where many bird species, including the blue heron and the brown pelican, come to nest.