Apparently, every one has decided it’s time to go to the beach. This past week the most popular destination was Sosúa, and given the current weather we’re experiencing in New York (snowstorm in October!), the beach sounds pretty sexy to me too.
Sosúa is a small town in the Puerto Plata province of the Dominican Republic, located just south of the States, marked in red on this map:
Fun facts about Sosúa:
Sosúa provided a safe haven for Jewish refugees during WWII. At the 1938 Evian Conference Rafael Trujillo offered to accept up to 100,000 Jewish refugees; about 800 German and Austrian Jewish refugees received visas by the Dominican government between 1940 and 1945 (see Dominican Jews) and settled in Sosua. The government provided them with land and resources with which they created a dairy and cheese factory (thanks Wikipedia).
There is a very large expatriate community in Sosúa, which consists of mostly German, British, American, and Canadian expats.
Tourism in Sosúa only really began in the 1980s and it is now a top destination for travelers looking for a relaxing beach destination.
Quite honestly, there are not that many “facts” about Sosúa because the basics are really what sells it. There are gorgeous beaches, lots of expats, nice people, good food, and a nightclub scene. All in all, the perfect getaway. What’s not to love?
Yeah, the pics really do say it all, don’t they?
Based on some basic research on my end during desperate late night “I need a vacation” internet travel search binges, it looks like you can get yourself a pretty nice package deal via Jet Blue for vacations in Sosua and other parts of the Dominican Republic. So go. Right now. I can’t, so you should. And if it’s amazing please report back so I can live vicariously through you, and of course yell at you for not taking me with you.