Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic

Sosua and Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic

North America


According to wholevehicles, Sosua is a small town in a calm bay, with a wide range of shops, bars and entertainment. This resort is very popular among young people and single men. Not least because of the many nightclubs and bars that are open until the morning, allowing cheerful tourists to “flow” from counter to counter, chat, get to know each other and experience a “return to reality” together in the morning. Local residents have long been accustomed to such “alcoholists”, they are very friendly and do not mind having fun with them.

How to get to Sosua

From Puerto Plata Airport to Sosua is only 5 minutes drive (7 km). Taxi fare is fixed ~ 30 USD. Some drivers ask you to pay 25 USD per person, in which case you just need to find another taxi, fortunately, there is no shortage of them near the airport. The prices on the page are for November 2021.

In addition, in addition to taxis, Sosua can be reached by Caribe Tours bus, which runs from Santo Domingo, making about 5 stops along the way, Sosua is the last one. Buses are quite comfortable, modern, equipped with air conditioning and TVs. Fare ~ 250 DOP. Buses depart every hour from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm.


The easiest way to get around the resort is to catch a motoconcho (a motorbike with a driver). The fare within Sosua is 25 DOP during the day and 50 DOP at night. To travel cheaply between resorts like Puerto Plata and Cabarete, you can use guagua (Caribbean Spanish slang for “bus”, in this case a minivan for 25 people). At rush hour, they follow every 5-10 minutes, the fare depends on the distance: Sosua – Cabarete ~ 35 DOP, to Puerto Plata ~ 50 DOP.

Tourist taxis are a convenient, but expensive (by local standards) means of transportation. Taxi Sosua & Cabarete is considered the most adequate company, their parking lot is located in the very center of the resort, and the fare is posted for everyone to see.

You can rent a car both in Sosua (only local offices) and at Puerto Plata Airport (there are also international companies). The cost of renting an economy class car will be ~ 50 USD per day, excluding insurance.

Sosua beaches

The kilometer-long beach in Sosua is always busy, full of tourists and sellers of souvenirs and snacks. The sandy beach is divided into two parts: Los Charamicos (Los Charamicos) on the western side of the bay and the El Batey quarter, founded by Jewish emigrants who settled here during the Second World War. There is a small synagogue and an anti-Nazi museum dedicated to the life of Jews in Sosua, but there are not so many Jews here anymore. This part of the resort has long been owned by tourists. Los Charmicos is more lively, populated and distinctive, and cockfights are still held here (Club Gallistico, Saturday).

Merlin Dive Center is located on the beach and offers snorkeling in coastal waters. About 100 meters from the beach there is a good reef, here you can also rent the necessary equipment. The cost of sunbeds for rent is ~ 70 DOP. In addition, there are many souvenir shops on the beach where you can buy a T-shirt, a bag or Haitian paintings for quite reasonable money. Trade is appropriate.

In addition, the resort has two more miniature beaches: the quiet Playa Alicia, which is accessible from the On the Waterfront restaurant, and the smallest beach at The Sea Hotel.


From December to March, you can visit the whales that migrate seasonally in coastal waters. At any time of the year, jeep safari, excursions to waterfalls, deep sea fishing, rafting, diving and snorkeling await guests of the resort.

Juan Dolio

Juan Dolio is a seaside resort in the southeast of the island, located halfway between Santo Domingo and La Romana (55 km), with 3 * and 4 * hotels, most of which are located on the Caribbean coast. It also provides a wide range of outdoor dining options. This is an ideal place for trips to the capital, located in the neighborhood.

Coastal waters in Juan Dolio are overgrown with corals almost everywhere, and the entrance to the sea is difficult in some places due to slippery coral “plaques”.

Juan Dolio includes two tourist areas: Juan Dolio proper and the modern area of ​​Villas del Mar.

How to get there

Juan Dolio is located 30-40 minutes by bus from Santo Domingo Airport and 4 hours from Puerto Plata Airport.

The beaches of Juan Dolio

Coral reefs in the immediate vicinity of the coastline protect it well from waves, so the water in the bay is always calm. For the same reason, water procedures require special shoes. On weekends, public beaches can be crowded with Santo Domingo residents, so it’s best to plan outings there on weekdays.

Attractions and attractions in Juan Dolio

In addition to the popular trip to Santo Domingo, from Juan Dolio you can go on an excursion to the city of San Pedro de Macorix – the famous “baseball” city, on Bin Bom Beach (encounter with vibrant underwater life on the coast of Bavaro), the islands Saon and Catalina. You can also go diving, snorkeling and rafting at the resort, or go on an exciting “jeep safari”.

Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic