Playa Sousa

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The entire town of Sosua seems to revolve around Sosua Bach, with beach resorts, open air restaurants and bars, and markets selling beach apparel. The beach here is a beauty, and drives tourism, making it one of the most popular beaches in the Dominican Republic.

Located near the heart of Sosua, Playa Sousa is on the North-Northeast edge of the Dominican Republic. You should consider dropping by regardless of whether you are staying particularly close by.

How to Access The Beach
Sosua Beach is set off Dr. Rosen Road, 20 minutes east of Puerto Plata.

Amenities and Ambiance

A great family beach, Sosua is clean with golden sands, clear waters, and a number of shops and restaurants in walking distance. You can see silver fish swimming around your feet, and you can rent chairs and umbrellas. Sousa Beach dips into the coast in a crescent shape. The bay is protected by a coral reef, making it great for snorkelers, but also providing a wave break that keeps the aquamarine hued waters calm enough for early swimmers. The sand is tan colored and dotted with umbrellas and beach chairs, and lined with trees and hotel properties.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Fortunately, umbrellas and chairs will be available for use to guests hoping for a place to relax in the shade. The water in the area is clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you want to see what lies beneath the surface.

Playa Sousa and its offering of comforts are found inside a tourist hotspot. If you would rather stay free of busy-beaches and crowded shores, it's an appropriate motivator to plan your day for times when there are less people, perhaps arriving for a breakfast picnic and cool swim. Or it's possible you may run the risk of all the amenities being too crowded for you to use.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the North-Northeast coast of the Dominican Republic. It is near some interesting sites like Museo De La Comunidad Judía De Sosúa, which is seen a half mile to the north, and it is one of a few the area's interesting attractions.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run low on things to do. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Sousa
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Museo De La Comunidad Judía De Sosúa Museum 0.5 mi. N --
Jewish Museum of Sosua Museum 0.5 mi. N --
Casino Playa Chiquita Casino 0.8 mi. N --

Cities and Towns

The nearest section in the Dominican Republic to Playa Sousa is Sosua. This location is only a half mile from the beach, meaning it doesn't have to be a terribly lengthy excursion. Sosua is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. You can typically expect to encounter quite a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Visitors will find a pretty nice selection of resort and hotel options to choose from in the area surrounding Playa Sousa. The most convenient of which can be viewed below.

Accommodations near Playa Sousa
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Casa Veintiuno 0.2 mi. NE B & B
Sosua Bay Club 0.3 mi. N Hotel
Victorian House 0.3 mi. N Hotel
Piergiorgio Palace Hotel 0.3 mi. NNW Hotel
Hotel Casa Cayena 0.5 mi. N Hotel
Hotel El Rancho 0.5 mi. N Hotel
Hotel Casa Valeria 0.5 mi. N Hotel
Hotel Orchidee 0.5 mi. NNE Hotel
Casa Marina Reef 0.6 mi. N Resort
Casa Marina Beach 0.6 mi. N Resort


When you're starving for a midday meal, the area near this beach provides some viable options, and you don't have to go far away. Jack's Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant has a menu featuring American cuisine. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their hamburgers and pizza.

Some nearby restaurant options are shown in the following table.

Restaurants near Playa Sousa
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Jack's Restaurant (829) 396-7988 American Very Casual 0.1 mi. S
Resto Veintiuno (829) 342-8089 International Fine Dining 0.2 mi. NE
Bourbon Street Cajun Restaurant (809) 571-4650 Cajun Fine Dining 0.3 mi. N
Restaurant El Almendro -- -- -- 0.3 mi. N
La Roca (809) 686-5658 Buffet -- 0.3 mi. N
Morua Mai (809) 571-3682 Continental, French, Italian Very Casual 0.3 mi. N
Chi Chi's Burrito Hut (829) 717-0599 Canadian, Mexican Very Casual 0.3 mi. N
Sinatra's (829) 709-8768 American Very Casual 0.3 mi. N
P J'S Steak House -- -- -- 0.3 mi. N
Jolly Roger -- Canadian Very Casual 0.4 mi. N
Britannia Pub (809) 571-1959 British Very Casual 0.4 mi. N
Carpe Diem (849) 632-5818 French Informal 0.4 mi. N

Other Beaches

The Dominican Republic has several beautiful beaches, and Playa Sousa is just one option.

You may also want to consider Playa Chiquita, which is located two miles away.

The Dominican Republic has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, so visiting Playa Sousa is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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