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Sosua Beach is a small beach town located on the
North Coast of the Dominican Republic. It is located
between Cabarete, ten miles to the East and Puerto
Plata, twenty miles to the West. Sosua is a legendary
party town known for its lively nightlife, bars and
discos. Sosua Main Beach is one of the most beautiful
beaches in the Caribbean and is lined with close to
150 bars and restaurants. The water is gin clear and is
famous for scuba, snorkeling or just sitting back and
having a cold Presidente Beer on a Sunday afternoon.
Sosua also stirs up a huge amount of controversy
which keeps us busy trying to keep up. Stay tuned for
all the Sosua News and Eventos from this tiny town.
Never a dull moment in Sosua Beach. Here at
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INTRODUCING SOSUA BEACH
BEER , RUM, BEACHES, BARS. DISCOS , PARTIES, EVENTS, MUSIC , AWESOME TRAVEL, HOT LATIN LADIES, FUN
ITS ALWAYS LADIES NIGHT, HAPPY HOUR AND A PARTY GOING ON AT ILOVESOSUA.COM
AND YET ANOTHER CHARITY OPERATING IN SUNNY SOSUA BEACH 10/5/2017
Yet another Chartiy setting up shop in Sosua. This one is called Quisqueya Aprende Contigo. This is help
illiterate residents learn to read. It is just a fact, the DR has a very high literacy rate. The public schools do a
great job of teaching Reading, Writing and Math. In fact in eleven years here we have not met one illiterate
Dominican that we can think of. And the school system already runs these types of programs to get people
caught up to speed. The Sosua area attracts dozens of charities. Why? Because there are girls, beaches and cold
beer and the workers get fat salaries to enjoy all the spoils. . Why else? You can bet the owners are not flying
coach. Wanna Bet? We will bet most of these are making someone rich. We never hear of any charities going
into bad or dangerous areas. Just pretty beach towns. Reference. SOSUANEWS.COM
A VINTAGE PHOTO OF LATINOS CLUB SOSUA
SOSUA NEWS 12/20/2017 NOCHE DE BATCHATA. FRANK REYES PUTS ON AMAZING SHOW
On Dec. 16, Yes we made it. Frank Reyes and his amazing band
played a great 2.5 hour set. included were most hits from his twenty
plus year career including Nada De Nada, Amor Distancia, Por El
Alcohol, Quieren Es Tu and Princesa with a Hot Hot dancer. There
was a team of dancers performing all evening. But what a show. We
hear Franks music everywhere, but seeing him live with his just
rippin band takes his songs to a whole new level. The songs are
rearranged and sound much better in concert. And the crowd was
really into it. They were singing all the lyrics and Frank really didnt
have to sing. Just start the song, point the mic towards the audience
and let them take over. Another concert done to perfection at the
Anfiteatro. This is at least the 20th concert at the venue that we
never thought would be completed. Shows you what we know. Now,
there were actually four shows going on at once. Frank singing,
dancers dancing and the performance by his awesome saxophone
and guitar players. And just one Problem. Say what? Yes the concert
was to start at 9pm. Frank didnt arrive till 11pm. The crowd was
getting grumpy and we were getting really sore sitting on those hard
wooden bleachers. Next time we bring our chiropractor. But once
the music started the pain just went away. Just Awesom
SOSUA NEWS 12/28/2017. HERE IS OUR LATEST CONCERT REVIEW AND A BIT STRANGE
12/23/2017. Just a different kind of night at the Anfiteatro Puerto Plata on
Saturday. The evening started off just 1.5 hours late unlike the 2.5 hour
wait we had for Frank Reyes. Come on Frank! But things kicked off with
the mystery band Divas by Jimenez. See upper left pic and pics below.
Well they are made up of a seven piece band, was solid and girls voices
were just booming. And very nice voices. And loads of energy. And they
are very pretty. Their voices maybe shattered eye glasses in the crowd.
But the locals barely knew their music. The Divas would point their mics
towards the crowd and few were singing along. With most acts here they
are singing at the pain level. But with the Divas. Pretty quiet. And their set
was quick, lasting about 20 minutes. Then came on Alex Matos and a wildly
energetic set of his Salsa hits. Wow can this guy sing and he can sustain a
note for a long time. He did all of his well known hits and the crowd loved
him and sang every word. The 3rd act of the night was the Poochy Familia.
Who? We never heard of them but seem popular. There are four male
singers and they look like a Mexican Mariachie Band and sound like
Marengue fuzed with a little Salsa? Hmmm just not for us. No gusta. Then
came on Mark B with his hot dancers and solid hip hop act. He was fresh
off Festival Presidente. And a surprise visit from Hip Hop singer El Mayor
Classico. And the ladies went just crazy over this guy. He drove them into
a frenzy. By the way the concert was FREE and still was not a full arena
and yes there was ten minutes of rain. See the foto to the right. Everyone
but us had an umbrella and we ran for cover. But all got back to normal and
was a good if not great night of music. And a shout out to Coors Light for
writing a Big Fat check. And please stay tuned. These concerts pop up
unanounced. And gentlemen, these concerts draw loads of pretty ladies.
SOSUA NEWS 12/31/2017. A TALK ABOUT THE GROWING PROSPEROUS DR MIDDLE CLASS
SAY WHAT ? You crazy? We are just sick and tired of all the talk about poverty here in the
DR. Thats all anyone talks about. And more Sosua charities. This country has a booming
economy and with it a large growing MIDDLE CLASS with increasing spending power. Just
recently a new Jumbo Super Market opened in Puerto Plata along with the La Sirena
Market prove this. Think about it and enlarge these pics. These retail chains plus others
are growing thoughout the island and cannot survive serving the so called 2% of the
population hogging 98% of the wealth while the rest of the population eats out of
dumpsters. Just not possible. These markets and many other businesses are packed with
the DR Middle Class freely spending large amounts of money. Over Black Friday Weekend
La Sirena put on sale at least 200 flat screens. Many 52 inch. That weekend every one was
sold. Thats not just the rich 2%. Come on. Just look around and look at all the late model
cars and trucks rolling around. 9 out 10 are driven by Dominicans. Not rich Gringos and
the wealthy. Just open your eyes and look. People are starting businesses here in record
numbers and gaining wealth like never before. We live all around this. Ever sliver of land
has construction projects going up. Yes there is poverty but all but a few have at least a
newer smart phone, a scooter/pasola, motorcycle or car, a roof over their heads and cable
TV. We live here and see this everywhere. And everyone gets enough to eat. No one is
starving here trust us. Maybe just the opposite. And there are numerous educational ops
for anyone with ambition, including a Technical University where anyone can learn dozens
of skills. The government has done a great job here. SosuaNews.com reported yet another
Sosua Charity. If people want to get ahead here , the opportunity is there. MORE TO COME.
SOSUA NEWS 2/27/2018. Puerto Plata pastor Melvin David Quirez on 2/9/2018 was
sentenced to15 years in prison for raping dozens of women. This knucklehead
brainwashed these women by convincing them his sieman was sacred and
blessed by an envoy of god, then convincing them if they have sex with him they
will be saved. And these stupid ladies believed this guy. We dont have an age
range but most likely teens and twenties. And the result is dozens of children
confirmed by DNA testing. Readers, these are the same guys that have been
attacking our Sosua party for years. We wonder how many times he has been to
Sosua yelling over a loud speaker telling everyone they wil go to hell for having
sex outside of marriage. This behavior is widespread and is the rule not the
exception. The DR is infested with evngelical groups from the US and Canada
who rent a store front or building and do nothing but preach and scare the poorest locals with their going to hell if you
dont think like us BS. And coming from Gringos they believe it. They provide no money for school uniforms, books,
health care, food, etc. All the recourses go on recruiting. And little to no support for local restaurants or businesses.
This preacher was no doubt influenced by these groups. There have been a number of cases of sex abuse in local
churches. This is just the first one we reported on. Also, the Sosua area is full of useless NGOs that are here for girls,
sex and beer. Just Hipocrits. And thanks to WWW.DETRASDELRUMOR.COM.DO for your great reporting and great work.
We are just tickled by this story. We will be on top of these stories as they break. The Sosua economy remains slow.
OK Readers this is the most insane article in our ten year history. The
recent Atlantic Ocean low pressure systems including the Noreasters
hitting the US East Coast have caused huge waves to hit the
Dominican North Coast. As a result the sand on Sosua Main Beach
shifted from the west side of the beach to the east side forming an
large new beach on the east side in front of the old Sosua Bay Resort.
Now you must enlarge these pics to get the real picture here. Please
enlarge the top middle left pic. You will see water right up to the
seawall, slamming the front of the resort. As you see there is no
beach. Now look at the upper right photo. There is now 40 yards of
new sand. The concrete posts, upper right were in five feet on water
two weeks ago. The lower right pics show the old boat launch. Now
look on the bottom right. There is now forty feet of sand from the boat
launch to the water. Boats can no longer launched. The three photos
on the left show a decimated west side of Sosua Main Beach.
SOSUA NEWS 3/12/2018. ATLANTIC STORM SWELLS FORM AN ENTIRE NEW BEACH IN SOSUA.
SOSUA NEWS 3/23/2018. A BUNCH OF NEW SOSUA BEACH PICS. WE DUG INTO OUR VAST ARCHIVE AND
We found some photos above showing all water on the east side of Sosua Main Beach. Please look at the 2nd
from the left shows water crashing into and destroying the sea wall. This went from all water to all beach
And thanks to our good buddy Tim for these dramatic drone pics. All rocks and water to all beach.
Mother Nature created a new Beach but ravaged the west end of Sosua Main Beach. The middle pic shows this part
of the Beach when healthy. Mother Nature gives and takes away. And all we can do is sit back and watch the show.
Well Readers, It was a somewhat disappointing Semana Saturday
Beach Fest in both Sosua and Cabarete. The weather was hot and
sunny and the water calm for a change.. But in Sosua the severe
beach damage on the west side of Main Beach reduced the normal
huge crowd by at least a few thousand. The new section of beach was
mostly empty. Most of the crowd gathered in the still fat middle of the
beach. A big crowd but the worst we have seen in 12 years. As for
Beach Fest Cabarete. The normal crowd but nothing but DJs and
taped music. Last year Don Miguelo and his 12 piece band rocked the
stage and drew at least twice the crowd size. Taped music and DJs
just dont cut it. Its the cheap way out. Come on and spend the money
and bring in some top acts. Cheapy Cheapy Cheap. Last year both
beaches had great parties. But still a great time. And we predict next
year the beaches will heal and we will get back to normal. Stay Tuned
SOSUA BEACH NEWS 3/30/2018. SOSUA BAY IS ANGRY. WE WERE SURPRISED AT THE EROSION
We should not be surprised at Sosua Main Beach erosion at this point, but we are.
The upper left pic shows the newly formed section and it looks ok. This area and
the areas back under the trees will have to hold the majority of the normal 8,000 to
10,000 partiers on Saturday. The other three pics show severe erosion creeping
into the normally wide middle areas of the Beach. Tne waves were high enough to
draw surfers and no one was in the water. Waves were slamming into the sea
walls. But the Semana Saturday Beach Party will go on and draw a record crowd.
Same with Beach Fest in Cabarete. The beer and rum will be flowing and the music
blasting. Still the places to be on 3/31/2018. Please scroll down for more pics.
Sosua News 4/29/2018. And thanks to our buddy at SosuaNews .com for the info on the new Sosua Red Light District. We will
believe this nonsense when we are standing in the finished building. We just do not believe the current owner or tenant of
Sosua Lights Nightclub will spend a Million Dollars US on land and a building with Mayor Llana Nuemann in office. How
damn stupid can anyone be? But she has tried everything for 8.5 years to bring in an alternative tourist demographic and
has failed miserably. You could sit in downtown Sosua for two weeks and not see a single gringo family. Just think about it.
Investors s[ending fortunes on new bars and discos in a place where authorities can shut you down for no reason at all at
any time. We have seen this with Passions, CMP Club, Rumba Bar, DLatin Drink, Bermuda Bar, Latinos Club, Ranco Tipico.
All closed for absolutely no reason at all. These bars violated no laws. Much more to come here. We will be checking things
out over the weekend. What next? We just dont know.
SOSUA NEWS 4/22/2018. We saw a
recent article in SosuaNews.com
on Sosua Mayor Llana Nuemann
promoting the Sosua Sharks
Basketball Team. Do we have a problem with this?
Of course not. But not one time have we seen the
Mayor supporting Sosua small business owners.
We have no record in eight years of her welcoming
a new business to town. Nor have we ever seen
her patronizing a local business. Ever see her in a
Restaurant? Never. If so, email us a photo. By all
accounts we can find, the Mayor lives in Santiago,
two hours away, not Sosua. Her claims to fame are
creating a ballet, an art gallery and a violin
concerto. But supporting the Sosua business
community. Forget it. Employment is way up as is
crime.Dont believe it? Please visit
WWW.DETRASDELRUMOR.COM.DO. Then hit
Regionales. And start scrolling. It is a crime blotter.
This new strategy of moving the bars to a red light
district will fail miserably. Point being here is
Mayor Nuemann is not a business person and
never will be. Still thinking of opening a business
in Sosua? Best of luck. You have our 100% support
Sosua News 5/22/ 2018. Just another pretty photo of
Sosua Bay? Hardly. This is a pic from Sat. There is
world class dorada fishing is this region. Yet the
entire sport fishing fleet is anchored in the Bay. And
never a more perfect day. The reason? Not as many
single guys are coming to Sosua. As a result, fewer
ANOTHER BAD EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN. THIS GUY SHOULD BE IN PRISON. READ THIS !
Sosua Beach News 4/25/2018. There is a German in the area who runs a small internet cafe out of his house. We will not
mention his name because we need his computers from time to time. First off, he lives with his girl friend. Sex outside of
marriage? That is the least of it. The two of them constantly argue. We can he hear this loud and clear. They just dont get
along. Two weeks ago everything came to a head. We noticed his business was shut down and the house locked up. We
asked the neighbors what is going on? Well, the two of them got into a fight. A real fight. Turns out he beat her face in and
was thrown in jail. She was in the hospital for days getting her face put back together. And he was in jail for a total of three
days. Three days? Money changed hands some where and he was let out. We will never know the details. Now for the kicker.
Ten days later the girl moves back in. Your reading this right. And we still hear arguing. Not as much, but its only a matter of
time before problems arise once again. We hope she got lots money. Now why are we reporting this? Because he claims to
be an Evangelical. He has bibles sitting all over his house. And if you dont the meaning of some church holiday, he peaks
over his reading glasses and stares at you like your an idiot and your doomed to Hell. Please. Come on. He also smells like a
bottle of rum half the time. If there was anyone taking advantage of a poor Dominican woman, this is it. Right? Its move back
in or live in a shack. We were not going to report this, but these groups have been attacking this website for years. As well
as the party in Sosua. They go on the war path, yet do not invest a peso in the local economy or support for the poor. Buy a
kid a school uniform? No way. Stay Tuned for more. And there is more for 4/29. This guy also has a dog and four cats,of
course they are abused and scared to death of him.
MAYOR NUEMANN ENDORSING A RED LIGHT DISTRICT ?
A SOSUA MYSTERY IN THE PHOTO ABOVE
Sosua News 5/1/2018. Please take a look at the girl
above in the black halter. Her name was Jackie and
was a very good friend of ours for years. And she
was a fixture in Sosua. Very pretty and very nice.
One night about four years ago she was in Latinos.
All seemed normal until two very angry Dominican
men came into the bar. They took her by force and
walked her across the street to a car parked at
Rumba Bar. She was forced into the back seat and
off they went. She was very upset. We have not
seen her since. We have no idea if she is dead or
alive. Most people resurface here sooner or later
but not Jackie. You old vets would know her from
Merengue Bar. As you walked in the main doors she
would be standing just to the right at the corner of
the bar for years. Hmmm, What happened? We miss
Jackie and we miss Latinos Club. Very Very much.
SAY WHAT? After all this Mayor Llama Nuemann critizing we now think the
new Sosua Beach Red Light District is a good idea? Well, we did a survey of
the proposed area. There is a lot of open space on the east East end of
Sosua. We forgot how much. Vacant lots everywhere and room for multiple
bars and nightclubs. And its also away from the beach so lots may be
affordable. At least until this news came out. Until now it was basically
useless land. The only hotel in the area is the Ahnvee Resort. This will
never be a main stream tourist area. There is some construction started
see pic above left. Next to the vacant High Caribbean. What a
disappointment that was. This supposed to be the new Sosua Lights Night
Club. But, the current Sosua Lights is just a beautiful bar with a large disco
and a concert area. They never have concerts there. Just a waste of a
great venue. But spending money this early in the game? They have 14
months to move. By the time all this shakes out Sosua might have a new
Mayor. New Minesterio of Turismo? Maybe. So its too early to pull the
trigger. But this really could work. Got a Million $$$ laying around. Maybe
you should really think about investing in a new nightclub. And the two pics
lower right show a really quiet Sosua Beach last Sat. Just the start of seven
months of low slow season. Our ever loyal single guy weekend crowd are
the only ones showing up. And the authorities recognize our value.
Sosua News 6/14/2018. Well, Readers the weather
continues to be hot, sunny and dry. We might be
getting into drought condidions? No rain for three
months. And the water is calm on Sosua Main
Beach. Gin clear and perfect snorkeling and
diving. Sunday crowds remain small. And our
weekend party crowd continues to prop up the
Sosua economy. The Sosua economy is very slow.
5/23/2018. Missy the dog is dead. We have been doing health reports on
her lately. We have been feeding her for two years. She ate some type of
poison that affecter her liver. Her stomach swelled up and she just got
huge. We got her to a local vet two weeks ago. We also contacted The
Dogs and Cats of the DR Charity and spoke to the Director, a retired dentist
named Mark. He agreed to pay the med bill out of charity funds. He turned
out to be a first rate JACKASS. He refused to help get the dog to the Vet.
He stopped picking up the phone. We had to call ten times to get him to
answer. Never returned a single text or email. He said he would stop by
the clinic. He never did. Just two phone calls. He said the medical bill was
US$300. It was no where near that. He said the dog had surgery and they
found a bad liver. No surgery was performed. He never paid the bill. Then
without contacting us he ordered the dog to be put down. And he still
never contacted us. I called him 5/21 and got the news. We went to see her
Sat, 5/12. See the first photo above. She didnt look great but was
improving. She was never sick. Always ate all the food we gave her. No
pain. This guy did nothing but lie to us. He is a complete Jerk. And two
years ago some great person awarded the charity use 15 acres of land
near the city of Luperon for a dog retreat. And little or nothing has been
built. Will it ever be built? Not for a long time. Not with with this director.
PUNTA CANA APPROVES HIGH RISES AND A NEW RESORT
OUR WEEKLY SOSUA BEACH REPORT
ANOTHER NASTY ACCIDENT IN SOSUA AND NO 911?
Sosua News 5/11/2018. The Chinese government
has offered the DR a huge US$3.1 billion in loans
and aid. The conditions? All economic ties with
Taiwan must be cut off. China considers Taiwan
an illiegal wayward colony and are doing its best
CHINESE GIVE REPUBLICA DOMINICANA US$3.1 BILLION
to isolate it by offering developing nations this type of aid package.
And we are seeing the increasing Chinese investment here. This
loan package will be used among other things a new gas fired
power plant and a new highways. And the US govt is all upset
claiming there will be an imbalance of power in the region. Come on
the DR is a low priority for the US. They pay little attention to the DR.
We are seeing huge increases in website visitors from China,
including Shenzhen, Nanjing and Jaingsu. Hey, wait a minute we
thought China could not get on Google or the other search engines?
AND LOOK WHAT WE STUMBLED ACROSS. WE JUST COULDNT RESIST
Sosua News 5/16/2018. We were out checking
up on the New Sosua Red Light District and we
stopped by the closed High Caribbean Disco. No
wonder they went out of business. How can you
run a bar where they dont allow drogas, pistols,
minors, knives. prostitutes and idiots? You
know the place was just no fun. They dont even
allow idiots! A night club is just not a night club
without idiots. And to top that, the guests even
have to dress up. Seriously, we were counting
on this place to be a big hit but got hit with too
many rules and didnt stand a chance, Now it will
be part of the Red Light District. Good Luck!
SOSUA NEWS 5/31/2018. HAVE A LOOK AT THE NEW PASSIONS
Sosua News 5/20/2018
There are about
twenty small clothing
stores and boutiques
in Sosua. We think
the new Chinese
clothing store will
eliminate about half of
them. Best of luck to
all. You will need it.
OUR WEEKLY BEACH CONDITIONS REPORT
Sosua News 5/16/2018. On Saturday we found these
guys dragging large boat across the sand to the
boat ramp on Sosua Main Beach. So what you ask?
Well this area used to be water. See pic, lower left.
For you new readers, a series of Norester storms hit
the US East coast his winter and caused huge waves
in Sosua Bay. The sand shifted from the West side
of Sosua MainBeach to the East side, creating a new
beach. And a huge track of new sand where there
was once water. Mother Nature gone crazy. Now
boata have to be pushed across forty meters of new
sand. This is hard work. These guys were really
working up a sweat. Just a little crazy. And Hurricane
Season starts in two weeks. Never a dull moment.
Scroll down for more beach pics. Please have a look
Sosua News 5/22/2018. Just
thinking that if the remaining
Sosua bars and discos are
forced to move there will no
more places to dance,
unless you want to go two
miles to the Red Light
District. Sosua is going to get
really boring. The sidewalks
will roll up at 8pm nightly.
Let us all bow our heads and take a moment of
silence for yet another fallen Presidente Beer
Hero. He put up a gallant fight for his life. He didnt
make it. But he saved his ice cold Presidente
Beer. We honor and salute you. You will never be
forgotten. And yes, you wil be automatically
admitted into the Beer Drinkers Hall of Fame. And
yes, we wiped away the tears, sat down on Sosua
Beach and enjoyed every drop. Thank you and you
are enshrined forever here on ILOVESOSUA.COM
SOSUA BEACH REPORT THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS 5/31/2018
JUST ANOTHER PRETTY PIC OF SOSUA BAY? HARDLY
located in a few All Inclusive Resorts. With 25 million
people living on the island. Well you get the point. Not
a pretty one. And trash is equally a problem. Piles of it
everywhere. Got garbage? Just throw in into a pile
somewhere or throw it along side the road. Just
sickening. The tourist beaches are kept clean. The
rest are plastic waste dumps. But if you need a tooth
brush or pair of flip flops you might want to have a
look. The flip flops might not match however. But all
that sewage running into the ocean. Oh No. Blahhh.
are renting the boats. Mom, Pops and the kids going fishing? No, we dont
think so. Yet another formerly booming Sosua business in trouble? We
hope not but this is not good. Lets face it Readers, we are the economy.
AND WE MUST HAVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE
LEAVE THE DANCING SHOES AT HOME?
CHINAS HUGE CARIBBEAN INVESTMENTS
Sosua News 6/14//2018. Welcome to the Party as always
Jamaica, NY, Montreal, FT Lauderdale, Richmond VA, Chicago,
Boston, Oshwa ON,Beijing, Zizers Switzerland, Balashika Russia,
Kenneshaw GA, Calgary AB, Bramont ON, Ottawa ON, Innis Falls
AB, Hampstead UK, Le Pontet FR, Tianjin China. Leduc AB,
Mosbach GER., Milan Italy, Burlange Sweden. And a shout out as
always to Clifton NJ, Bronx, NYC, Staten Island, Brooklyn,
Stafford TX. No India lately? We even got a visitor from Bogata
Columbia. Thanks for visiting. Stay loyal and Stay Tuned.
A NOTE ON CONTROLLING POLLUTION IN DR
Sosua News 5/22/2018. Pollution
here in the DR garners little
thought or discussion. Lately,
just a little. Few Dominicans
think about the environment or
its impact. The only sewage
treatment centers we know of are
WE THOUGHT WE
COULD TRUST THIS
CHARITY. WE WERE
SCROLL DOWN AND
READ THIS STORY.
WE ARE VERY
MAYOR NUEMANN IGNORING LOCAL BUSINESS?
A SAD ENDING TO MISSY THE DOGS LIFE. WE ARE PISSED SED
Sosua News 5/27/2018. Another nasty motorcycle wreck in Sosua.
Three were seriously injured and no response from the new 911
ambulance service. The victims were transported to Puerto Plata in
the back of pickup trucks. No medical attention for forty minutes.
And no talk of a trauma center in Sosua. Hmmm. Photo and story
provided by WWW.DETRASDELRUMOR.COM.DO. Just tragic.
Sosua/Punta Cana News 5/27/2018. The
Punta Cana area building boom continues
with the recent approval of High Rises up to
22 floors. This will keep the travel boom in
high gear for years. The majority of the
tourist growth is in the Bavaro, Macao, Punta
Cana, Cap Cana areas. And of course the area Gringos are
bitching and complaining. But look at the pic, upper right.
Looks good to us. Wide open spaces perfect for development.
And Club Med is putting up a new All Inclusive in Michles,
which is an hour north of Punta Cana. The boom continues.
A PARASITE INVADING PUNTA CANA BEACHES?
Sosua News 5/27/2018. Will a beach
parasite hurt Punta Cana Tourism?
As we write about a high rise boom,
Parasitic Hook Worms have invaded
area beaches. Tourists walking on
the beaches have picked this up and
have required medical treatment with a drug called
Ivermectin which kills the larva and worms. This cause
of this parasite can be polluted water. North Coast
hotels might just have smiles on their faces? Nasty.
The R BBQ Restaurant, formerly Rumba Bar is open
finally, after two months of delays. See pic above
left, Now they have to fill it. No small task since the
old place went through a truck load of beer and
Rum and a 100 meals or more daily . It was empty all
Sunday afternoon. Sosua is looking shabby. Shut
down bars and restaurants and piles of trash on the
streets. The new Red Light District bar construction
has stopped. No surprise there. To make this work it
will take at least five bars going up at once. And
Sunday was a perfect beach day in Sosua and Main
Beach was empty. Worst Sunday crowd we have
ever seen. This is just killing the beach bar and
restaurant business. Porque? And we had a nice
weekend party crowd that always saves the nightlife.
We just cannot believe what happened to the old
Passions. It is now set up as a private, exclusive
enclave for bachelor parties and groups. It has 14
nice rooms, a beautiful pool area with a pool bar.
Parties must rent the entire facility. The cost is
$1900 USD per day. But wait a minute! It is an All
Inclusive package that includes all meals, beer and
premium liquor. That sounds expensive until you
break it down. A group of 14 would pay a mere $135
per person per day. Not bad. Only one of the
original three bars remain. See above left. But it is
nice. Bachelorettes? It is open to you as well. And if
you want to see what the original Passions was like.
Please go to Google Images and hit in Passions
Sosua. You will need a cold shower after looking at
these pics. Like to rent? Contact us ASAP. We will
get you set up. This is total luxury. Really Nice!
RUM MUSIC LADIES AND FUN COMING SOON
Sosua News 6/8/2018. We are a little
disappointed with the selections.
First off we just saw Eddie Hererra
at The Anfiteatro in April and this
will be his third performance there.
Good performer but,too many other
great singers out there we want to
see. Gilberto Santa will be playing
his classic Salsa hits. He has been
around for a few decades and is a
THE RUM FESTIVAL CONCERT LINEUP HAS BEEN NAMED,,,,AND
SOSUA NEWS 6/8/2018 A PASSPORT STAMP NIGHTMARE IN HAITI
Well Readers, if you decide to leave civilization and move overseas as an
ExPat, you will have to get your passport stamps updated. So we made
our annual treck to Dajabon DR and into Haiti on Sunday. We exected it to
be smooth, but we soon found out a new system is now in place. Not all of
our previous stamps were showing on the computer. We were brought
into a separate room and it took three hours to get things figured out. We
paid 8000 RD or Dominican Pesos. This is $162 USD. Then another $30 in
other fees. We then went into Haiti and got stamped there. Which took
two minutes and $20 more. Plus gas. It took an entire Sunday. They also
take fingerprints now. A whole new system. The meter starts running
after 30 days. We waited over a year. Or you can pay when you leave the
country, but its best to go to Dajabon like we did. Not fun and a three hour
trip, 120 miles, nothing to look at, but you have to take care of this.
6/8/2018 SOSUA BAR AND BEACH REPORT
Sosua Main Beach traffic remains
light and Sosua is quiet . Very
slow. Scary slow. DLatin Drink
site, top photo remains in disarray
with piles of building materials
stacked all over. It looks like they
might be rebuilding a new bar?
They just knocked a new one out
after the Red Light District bat
move announcement. But six
months to a grand opening. 2019?
Also a new R Restaurant BBQ pic.
Tables out in the old parking lot
area and some small to moderate
crowds so far. And a new photo
of the last remaining Passions bar
legend. Will he sell huge numbers of tickets? We are not sure. But not a
young crowd. Also, Feita la Grande, Krisspy, La India Canella and El Prodigio
are all Merengue Bands. Too much Merengue. And no Bachata or Hip Hop?
Hmmm, maybe a big mistake. And not enough Salsa. Eddie Herera we would
say is Latin Pop. Hip Hop draws a young crowd. Always needed. So this will
probably sell out but we will attend the other festivities. And large rum
companies such as Brugal and Ron Barcelo are not on the sponsor list. They
will have to partake in some way. We hope to get lots of free shots.
NEW FOUND RESPECT FOR THESE LADIES
We bought some produce from
this lady. And then picked up the
basket an put it back on her head.
It had to weigh 60 plus pounds.
And these Haitian ladies walk
around all day like this. This is
called working for a living. Uhg.
Sosua News 6/14/2018. The 6/10
Sunday Sosua Beach crowd was way
below average. Smallish. A number of
restaurants were doing a good
business. We were happy about that,
but actual people in the water? Very
few as well as a low number renting beach chairs and
sitting on the Beach. Missing are the huge crowds from
Santiago. They would sit on the west side of the beach
that is still storm damaged. That part of the beach
remains empty. There were exactly five tour buses
when there are close to 100 on a normal Sunday. And
downtown Sosua remains vacant. Remember the days
when Sosua was busy seven days per week year round?
WHY ARE WAGES SO LOW IN THE REPUBLICA DOMINICANA?
Sosua News 6/13/2018. There is constant talk and debate over
low wages paid by employers here in the DR. There is one
word. It is called DISTRIBUTION. When a worker is hired about
25% of their monthly pay has to be paid when that person is
fired. That payout starts after three months of employment.
The government has set appropriate pay at 29,000RD or Dominican Pesos
per month. About US$640 Dollars to cover rent, food and other expenses.
But a large number of DR workers make between 9000 to 15000RD. These
are store clerks and various unskilled workers. Of course no business is
going to pay a high wage under these circumstances. Now if an employee
quits or steals and is fired, is the payout different? No, not always. The
owners of a very well known Sosua restaurant noticed food missing from
their freezers. They installed a camera and filmed a long time worker
stealing food and taking it out the back door. They fired him and refused to
pay his Distribution. It wound up in court. The judge or fiscal sided on the
worker and the owners had to pay out 100%. Even after viewing the
videos. So, expect to pay the Distribution if you open a business in the DR
Some businesses, especially on the beach fire their workers close to the
three month deadline then hire them back. So the average wage will
remain at about US$3 per hour. As long as this law is in place wages will
remain low. Remove it and wages will go up in a hurry. Or be like many
here, learn skills and start a business. Many Dominicans do and some
make it big. We cant help think about a well known Sosua restaurant owner
fired an employee and had to pay out 45,000RD or at the time US$1000. The
employee, who we knew well, was very happy. Now you know. Stay Tuned
THE R RESTAURANT AND BBQ GRILL
Sosua News 6/14/2018. Has a real Happy Hour
going from 4 to 7pm da\ily. And the best beer
prices in town. 80 pesos for a small Presidente
and 120 pesos for a grande. Very good. The food
prices seem a little high. And they need a Cuba
Libre Special as well. This is a true Happy Hour.
Now they need to put butts in seats. Good Luck!
ANTONY SANTOS LIVE 8/4/2018 AT NEW YORK RANCH, BUT?
Sosua News 6/14/2018. We just saw the posters for
an 8/4 Antony Santos concert at New York Ranch. All
good but why not a show on the big stage at the
Anfiteatro in front of 7000? NY Ranch can hold maybe
300 people. Antony is a Bachata pioneer. He has
been around since the 1990s and can easily fill the
Anfiteatro. Dancers, jumbotrons, a huge crowd. And
he continues to book small venues. This will be a
great concert, but nothing like the Anfiteatro.