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Information about Sosua, Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic's sunny skies and stunnning beaches help make it an ideal holiday destination. Christopher Columbus called it the most beautiful place he had ever seen, naming it La española. Contemporary indiginous people called it Quisqueya, meaning fertile Mother Earth.
Today, the island is called Hispaniola, which is shared by two countries. The west side of the country belongs to French and Creole speaking Haiti, while the east side is the Spanish speaking Dominican Republic.
The country is a treasure trove of natural Caribbean landscapes, where fertile valleys are covered by lush subtropical vegetaion and dramatic mountain ranges tower 3174 m into the sky. Elsewhere, palm trees overlook the turquoise waters of fantastic white sand beaches.
Sosua sits on the island's north side. The city is situated 25 km west of Puerto Plata, the capital of the province with the same name. Cabarete is just 15 minutes away, famous for its kite and wind surfing. Sosua itself is well known for its beaches and diving adventure opportunities. Although Sosua is relatively small, it is an international town with a large number of expatriate residents.
Athough people have always lived in the area, Sosua's official founding dates back to a time when Jewish refugees, escaping repression, arrived here from Europe. Sosua still has a synagogue, a museum for Jewish heritage and many Jewish festivities and traditions are still observed here. A large part of the Jewish community however has settled in Santo Domingo, the country's capital city.
Sosua is an ideal Caribbean holiday destination for those seeking beautiful scenery, fantastic weather, fun water sports and exciting adventure opportunities.