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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
ILOVESOSUA.COM, we cover Sosua News, Sosua Nightlife,
Sosua Events and Breaking News. We also cover events
and news stories for Cabarete, Puerto Plata and the
Dominican Republic North Coast. STAY TUNED as always.
We are all about the Sosua Party. Which is still going.
INTRODUCING SOSUA BEACH
BEER , RUM, BEACHES, BARS. DISCOS , PARTIES, EVENTS, MUSIC , AWESOME TRAVEL, HOT LATIN LADIES, FUN
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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
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 semen 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.
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 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
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.
EVANGELICAL PREACHER BUSTED FOR CHILD RAPE
SOSUA NEWS 5/31/2018. HAVE A LOOK AT THE NEW PASSIONS
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
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.
CHINAS HUGE CARIBBEAN INVESTMENTS
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
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READ THIS STORY.
WE ARE VERY
A SAD ENDING TO MISSY THE DOGS LIFE. WE ARE PISSED
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.
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!
SOSUA TURNNG INTO A MINI BANANA REPUBLIC?
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.
A GREAT ALL STAR SALSA CONCERT AND ???
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.
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
MAYOR NUEMANN HONORED BY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Sosua News 6/22/2018. Sosua Beach Mayor Nuemann
was recently honored by the local Catholic Church in
Charamicos for her support of the Patron Saint
Antonio De Paupua. Who? We were talking to a very
well known Sosua businessman who concluded the
Mayor has conpletely ignored the local business
community. He has been in business here for 17 years
and has never met Mayor Nuemann and has never
been in his business. She is too busy spending time on this nonsense and
too much time with the Sosua Sharks Basketball Team. And the Casa De Arts?
Few if any care about this. But spend time with the local businesses? Never.
Nor have we ever seen her in a local restaurant. Supporting local
businesses should be her number one priority along with a new local public
hospital. Outside of some new asphalt and a few sidewalk repairs, The mayor
has done little to nothing except damage the local economy in 8.5 yeers in
office. Thanks to SosuaNews.com for the article. Sosua needs a new Mayor.
MORE SOSUA BAR CLOSINGS. OUR TAKE ON THIS
Sosua News 7/1/ 2018. Yes, another Evangelical preacher
busted. This time for the raping of a nine year old child. The
article did not say what sex. We will assume it was a female.
Arrested was Candido Arraujo, 42 years old of Samana RD,
which is located on the far eastern tip of the island. We
Hope he is chipping rocks in the 95 degree heat. And these
are the guys are constantly scolding everyone for immoral
behavior. Please scroll down for two more similar articles,
including the preacher telling women his semen was
blessed by God? Scroll down and have a read. Much more
to come here. And Thanks to DETRASDELRUMOR.COM.DO.
for this story. Nice work! Keep it up and stay tuned.
AND THE DR IS MAKING ITS OWN WHISKEY!
Sosua News 7/1/2018. Yes Amigos, the
Republica Dominicana is producing
its own whiskey. Kings label, which is
being made in Santiago. Whiskey is
currently being made in Scottland and
in Kentucky and Tennesse in the US.
That puts the Dominican Republic in some very rare
company indeed. And no, we havent sampled any
yet, but will soon. Seagrams may be part of this also.
SOME COMMENTS ON NICARAGUA AND VENEZUELA
AND LETS NOT FORGET BOCA CHICA
Sosua News 7/7/2018. And Readers.
Lets not forget Boca Chica. There is
always a nice party going on down
there and maybe its time to check it
out. Located on the South side of
the Island, close to the Santo
Domingo Airport. And lots of condos and low to
moderate priced hotels. No its not as nice as Sosua. The
Beach is not as nice as Sosua Main Beach, but how many
are? But its OK. Nice enough. BC needs more bars and
discos. That will change in a hurry if more of our party
crowd shows up. Some of our amigos only go to BC.
Remenber our past story about a 58 year old guy from
Florida got his first passport, went to BC and Njust went
crazy. Partied like a rock star for five days. We wont go
into too much detail, but use your imagination. We like it
and will make more trips. The party lives in Boca Chica.
Sosua News 7/27/2018. Hello to all of our loyal visitors and all of you
new to our blog. Now more on the recent Sosua bar closings. These
businesses are doing nothing illegal according to Dominican law.
Prostitution is 100% legal here. Pimping is illegal. Before Llana
Nuemann was elected Mayor of Sosua, this never happened. The week
she was elected in 2010, all hell broke loose. Mass arrests of the girls,
bar closings and bars having to put up barriers on their windows so
families cannot see in. Bye the way, we havent seen a family walking
through Sosua in months. We cannot remember the last time we saw a
family here, except for locals at the beach. But families of Gringos?
Forget it. There was a popular bar called Caribbean Mens Paradise. It
was raided and closed four years ago. The owner went to court, won
the tight to re open and was shut down in one day. Bars are being shut
down because authorities can do what ever they want regardless of
laws. They just throw the human trafficking label on a bar and shut it
down. Blue Ice and Picaflora were raided by military armed with AR15s.
This is the stuff of Banana Republics. The owners have zero rights.
DOMINICAN GOVERNMENT IS ISSUING $ 1,8 BILLION IN BONDS
Sosua News 6/20/2018. Over the
weekend there were raids on two
Sosua Beach bars. Picaflora, located
in Playa Laguna and Blue Ice Piano Bar
were raided and closed.
Sosua News 7/20/2018. The DR government just issued 1.8
billion in 6% 10 year bonds due in 2018. This will help
balance this years budget shortfall. The bonds have been
given a BB- rating. Not good but not too bad. The situation
here is considered stable, but issuing debt is also
dangerous. It has to be paid back. Look at the USA?
VENEZUELAN REFUGEES ARRIVING IN THE DOM REP.
Sosua Beach News 7/27/2018. So far approx. 30,000
Venezuelan refugees have arrived in the Dominican
Republic. We just watched a news story on the
Venezuelan economy and you can hardly blame them
for fleeing. The currency is completely worthless.
There are no jobs, no food. The story said the country is on the brink of
famine. Crime is at epidemic proportions. And Venezuela has the worlds
2nd largest oil reserves. The average citizen has lost eleven kilos of body
weight. President Maduro makes the place sound like paradise. So they
are arriving in the DR. Land of low wages. They are asking for immediate
residency. The economy is booming here. But little money to be made
unless self employed. Business owners here can become very wealthy.
These refugees are better off going to the USA. But here, the store
shelves are full. There is so much food there is a type 2 diabetes problem.
The economy is ill equipped to handle more refugees. Remember there are
two miliion Haitians living here. The government has its hands full trying to
manage all of this. They will also work in the hot sun for low wages.
LOW RATINGS FOR PRESIDENT DANILO MEDINA?
is doing very well. And we can confirm that crime is way
up. 25 million people on the island and not enought jobs.
We know dozens of under 30 males just sitting around
doing nothing all day. This will lead to crime. Lots of it.
.Former President Leonel Fernandez is prejected to get
elected in 2020. Mercy.There is a fight going on to allow
more than two consecutive terms. Danilo has been in
office for two terms. Things will get crazy. STAY TUNED.
We never visited Blue Ice but it seemed pretty slow most
of the time. But it is owned by Peter who was owner of
Passions. We think they still have a have a bone to pick
with him, even though he never broke any laws. And why
arrest the manager? But Picaflora didnt really surprise
us. But it is or was a seafood restaurant. They just added
a nice little desert bar. Hey, why not go out for some
seafood and get a little sex. All under one roof! We never
mentioned this place on the blog here in an effort to
keep things low key. But we are not surprised. Our
contact, see beach report left, says officials are just
trying to bankrupt Sosua. Why he did not know. But that
seems spot on accurate. What does surprise us are
heavily armed military raids on these places. Is all this
show of force necessary? Hell no. Throughout all the
bars shut downs over the years Marengue Bar/Classico
disco remains open with business as usual. We just got
wind of this story today and had to scramble to make
space for this. But the Picaflora was doing a really
booming business. It was a more remote version of
passions located in Playa Laguna. There is space for a
Red Light District at the end of Calle Pedro Clisante, but
have one two miles outside of Sosua is a problem? Is the
party dead? No way. Weekends will continue to be busy.
Dont hesitate to get on a plane. Boca Chica? Please scroll
down and have a read. This place is a good time.
THE 2020 ELECTION IS OFF TO A CRAZY START
Sosua News 7/27/20128. We just
saw a recent poll that found DR
President Danilo Medina has a 65%
disapproval rating. This surprises
us. The low numbers are due to
high crime and corruption. The
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IS DROWNING IN TRASH
Sosua News 7/27/2018. Dominican Republic clean up
crews as well as volunteers have picked up 65 tons of
plastic waste from the countries beaches this past week.
We see creeks that flow into the oceans clogged full.
these numbers are just staggering. The tourist heavy beaches have crews out
cleaning things up in the mornings. Go to a lesser visited beach and it will be
completely trash strewn. But, hey if you need a tooth brush or new pair of flip
flops you just might have a look. But your flip flops might not Match. Sorry
ARE THESE CLOWNS STILL N SOSUA?
AREA HURRICANE SITUATION TEPID SO FAR.
ANOTHER MEETING ON PROSTITUTION IN SOSUA?
MISSING COLLEGE STUDENT WAS HEADED TO DR
Sosua News 8/8/2018. Missing College
student MolllieTibbetts was headed to the
Dominian Republic for her boyfriends
brothers wedding this month. But she was
reported missing after going for a run in
Brooklyn Iowa, A local Farmer is the key suspect. Police have
interviewed him three times but he has refused to take a lie
detector. We assume the wedding was to take place at a Punta
Cana all inclusive. Does not look good. The boy friend was
rumored to maybe proposing to Tibbets on the trip. Stay Tuned
DON MIGUELO ROCKS VERANO PRESIDENTE
Sosua News 8/8/2018. We ventured to Puerto Plata 8/5 for
the Verano Presidente concert . This tour stop featured
one our favorites Don Miguelo, Salsa act Chiquito team
Band, Hip hop performer Musicologo. Who? We know little
about him and DJ Nitido playing techno late into the night.
Don and his twelve piece band, put on their usual great set
of Hip Hop combined with Rock. The crowds just swell
before he takes stage. Everyone gets really excited. He
delivered playing all his hits. But, Chiquito Team Band was
actually better. Just a great set of Salsa. The crowd got
into it. Nothing gets the party going like Salsa and these
guys put are a great live act. We didnt stay for Musicologo
and DJ Nitido. On Techno, we like to see real bands playing
real music. But who are we? These guys are packing huge
arenas. attracting young crowds and making huge $$$. Bit
Don and Chiquito really got the job done. Where U there?
Sosua News 8/8/2018. We all know the
current bad situation in Venezuela. It is so
bad on Sunday 8/5 President Madura was
almost killed by a drone loaded with
explosives. Never been there but when it
recovers we would love to visit Isle
Margarita. Caracus, we may skip. But Margarita is a complete
paradise. But not now. And a comment on Nicaragua. We have
been there three times. And stayed in the city of Granada. And just
a great place. Cheap, safe, great bars and discos, cold cervesa and
very pretty ladies. And all with Daniel Ortega as President. We saw a
decent economy and all seemed good. But lately there has been
lots of political strive and demonstrations. Also there was a nice
sports bar, a great place to hang out. And a good number of Ex Pats
and retired gringos. And huge foreign real estate investments.
People were investing heavily buying islands on Lago Nicaragua.
Just no idea what the status is here. But it shows the potential risks
of buying real estate in potentially unstable countries. Be careful.
Just a sad state of affairs on two great party spots. Stay Tuned.
Sosua News 8/14/2018. Its still 2018 and
things are already getting out of control.
Willie Olevences is far and away the
front runner. Even more so, since his
major opponent Oscar Peralta is already
out. Mr Peralta was to be the PLD Parties young hotshot
candidate running against Willie. And was running the Tourismo
office in Sosua. These guys have lots of clout. They issue
restaurant, bar and hotel permits. And can shut them down at
will. They have more power than the Mayor. Was he the driving
force behind the recent bar closings and increased arrests of
the girls? He was running on a theme that Sosua Deserves More
and seems conservative.Yet he calims to be close to ex Sosua
Mayor Vladamir Capsenses who owned the legendary El Flow
Bar and is pro fiesta. No bar closings under his tenure. Bars
were booming and we miss those Wild Wild West days in Sosua.
So what happened to Oscar? He was caught attending a party in
Sosua loaded with strippers doing lap dances for the guests.
He was also photographed posing with two scantily clothed
women on a trip to NYC. We say big deal, the guy is just normal,
but was suspended him without pay. The upper middle pic is of
former President Lional Fernandez. He is a shoe in to be re
elected. Almost no competition. And we would like to thank
Fabio Garcia at DETRASDELRUMOR.COM.DO for this atrticle.
Great work as always. And what an eye opener this website is,
And of course Best of Luck to Willie. Now in the 2016 election
just about all of his Highway billboards were vandelized with
spray paint. Now who was behind that? We can only speculate.
REAL ESTATE NIGHTMARES. WATCH YOUR STEP!
Sosua News 8/24/2018. On 8/18 the Anfitiatro
Puerto Plata hosted a great night of Salsa. Never
will there be a lineup like this again. Just about
every Dominican Salsa act was there. David
Cada, Alex Matos, Revolution Salsera,
Sexappeal, Chaquito Team Band. Also one we
never heard of, named Ruth La Cantanta. Who?
She was a nice surprise. Great voice and a real
talent. Salsa needs mote female singers. There
was one band for five of the acts. Usually the singers brings
their own bands, but to save on costs just David Cada,
Sexaoppeal and Chaquito Team Band brought their full bands.
The others brought maybe a keyboard player or one or two of
their musicians. And this saved sponsor Ron Columbus big $$$.
With this lineup we expected a near sellout. But no, there were
about 4,500 in attendance. That left 2,500 empty seats. The
venue has had trouble selling out lately. The concerts have
been starting too late, leaving the crowd sore and
uncomfortable, sitting for hours on hard wododen benches. But
this concert started just one hour late and it moved along fast.
Ten minutes between acts. But the show still lasted till 2am.
Ruth Cantanta opened and the closing act was Chaquito Team
Band. All eight acts sounded great. The backup band were just
crack performers but some of the musicians but were fumbling
with sheet music. They had to learn a lot of songs. The weather
was a perfect. Nice and cool and was a great night. And cheap.
The average ticket price was 500 pesos. About $10.The sponsor
still had to write a huge check. Ron Columbus is one of the
smaller Rum companies. More to come.Stay Tuned.
A SECOND CRUISE SHIP PORT FOR PUERTO PLATA?
Sosua News 8/24/2018. Yes a new cruise
ship port is in the works with a cost of
approx. US$ 80 Million. This will allow
every other crusie ship line to compete
with Carnival Cruise Lines in Maimon.
Just where all this will fit remains to be seen. Puerto Plata
wants to revive the 1990s when the port was a cruise hot spot.
The Carnival ships dock at 8pm and leave at 5pm several days
per week. The new port will bring in huge numbers of tourists.
Great news for the tour companies. But will the new ships stay
over night like they did in the 90s? Well, that depends. Back in
those days Puerto Plata was loaded with strip clubs. And they
were jam packed with just about every male on the boats. Jam
packed and Rockin. Adios honey, we are going to have a night
on the town. But in 2018? Just two strip clubs remain. Way too
quiet. The fun police just wreck everything. Much more to come
SOME NEW SOSUA BEACH THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS
Sosua News 8/26/2018. Venezuela continues
to be a mess. Last count there were 30,000
refugees here in the DR. Thats been a few
weeks so that number has to be up. But,
4,000 Venezuelans are pouring into Equador
every day with many of those headed to Peru. These countries
do not have the money to support all of this. And of course
Columbia and Brazil are over run as well. All this with oil
prices near $70 per barrel. The currency is just worthless. A
bushel barrel load buys a loaf of bread if they can find one.
And a thought on Sosua Beach. The recently closed Picaflora
restaurant was 2.5 miles out of town in the middle of nowhere.
And the city wants to build a Red Light District a mile down
Calle Pedro Clisante in the middle of Sosua. Just dont think
that will happen. Its a great idea that will never take off. We
have had a little rain lately but still not enough. The good news
is there is almost guaranteed warm sunny weather for your
trip. The Sosua party is slow but still light years better than
where you are right now . We think. If you find a new paradise
email us ASAP. Hey Las Vegas where are you?
300 TUBBY POLICIA NATIONAL GOING TO THE FAT FARM
Sosua News 8/31/2018. We found this gem of
an article on the DominicanToday.com
website.There is just too much food here. A
lot of it fattening and loaded with carbs, but
these guys have to be hating life right now. They will going through
hellish boot camp workouts until they are back to thin. You can eat
very healthy here. All day long there are fresh fruit and vegetable
trucks rolling by. But island wide there is a fat crisis going on.
Sosua News 9/1/2018. Now thas horror story
goes back a few years now, but problems
like this stiill exist. A guy we knew pretty
well bought a well known bar near the
Hotel Europa in Sosua. He bought the bar
from a German who claimed to be the
owner for US$ 160,000 for the bar and land. The transaction
was completed and the new owner remodeled the place and
did a great job. All good so far right? Well not so fast. After
the remodeling was complete he was approached by the real
owner, who informed our friend that he was the true owner of
the land. And the purchase was a fraud. The contract was a
fake. The guy had no choice but to rent the space from the
real owner. And the German was off into the sunset, never to
be heard from again. A tough lesson learned. No idea if
these two worked together and split the money. We will never
know. Some advice to all of you thinking of buying real estate
in Sosua or the Dom. Rep. Always go through a professional.
We recommend using Richard Hunt at Coldwell Banker. Also
Chip Bomaritto and David Logan at DRListings. Or consult
lawyer Guido Perdomo. These are Sosua Real Estate pros.
You will never have these problems. A simple visit to Mr.
Perdomo and our friend would have saved $160k. There are
also problem surveys here. There are more surveys here
than plots of land. For years the government has been trying
to clean this up. You do not want a knock at your door from
someone who claims all or part of your house is built on his
land. You can also buy from great builders such Residential
Hispaniola or Casa Linda. But dont be in a hurry. We
recommend renting or leasing for a period of time and test
the waters. And yes the real bar owner waited until the bar
was remodeled. Smart. Take our advice. Dont be a Sucker
TROPICAL UPDATE. BEACH FRONT BARGAIN HUNT ANYONE?
THE LEGEND OF BLACKBEARD NEVER DIES
Sosua News 9/6/2018. We recently saw a TV
program on the legend of pirate BlackBeard who
raped, pilleged and plundered the Caribbean in
the 17th Century. And the endless search for his
buried treasure. Treasure hunters have spent
fortunes trying to find the millions of dollars in gold and silver.
But in reality the money was spent on whiskey, women and
gambling. Not a peso was saved. Sorry, no buried treasure.
Sounds like Black Beard and his friends were just normal dudes
looking for a good time. Over the centuries we never really
change. More on this facsinating subject coming. Maybe stick to
huntng for sunken treasure. Several years back a ship loaded with
treasure was found in the DR in just ten feet of water.
THE DR SUPREME COURT ON TWO TERM LIMITS
Sosua News 9/9/2018. The DR Supreme
Court, yes they have one of these, has
enforced two term limits for elected
officials. So that means Danilo Medina is
out and Lionel Fernadez of the PLD Party
|will return as President. He served two terms from 2002 to 2010.
He will have little opposition. Under Lionel the Party in Sosua was
left alone. We had a Vladamir as a party friendly Mayor and the
town was wild and crazy. Just how we like it. Willie Olevences is a
sure bet to be the new Mayor and is very party friendly, having run
Latinos Club and DLatin Drink. He currently runs the Latin Club at
the Playa Chaquita Casino. So things are looking up. We just have
to wait until 2020. Thats a long time. But the party limps along with
moderate weekend party crowds. Too slow. Same with the Sosua
Beach crowds. Un spectacular. But still better than where most of
you are right now. Rutherford NJ, Beacon Falls CT, Canmore AB,
Las Vegas? Vegas, where are you? We are getting nice global
traffic and we appreciate all of you for tuning in. Stay Tuned
Sosua Beach News 9/14/2018. The rule on buying real estate in the
Tropics is buy two blocks in. After a few hurricane seasons you
will have a nice beach front home. Its hard to believe the
numbers of people who have to have a beach front home. Steps
from the beach. And now for an update on the current situation in
the Eastern Atlantic. Invest 92Land 93L are now hurricanes Isaac
and Helene. Helene is expected to be pushed North into open
seas. But that was the prediction for Florence, which is as we all
know is a cat 4 getting ready to tear up the US East Coast. Now,
Isaac may or may not be weakened by wind shear as it nears the
Leeward and Windward Islands. Its target ranged includes Puerto
Rico and the Dom Rep. Yes, it could barely hit Sosua Beach. But it
looks like Punta Cana could take a hit. It is on the SE Coast and is
on a flat plain. Just perfect for contact. And who knows what else
will be coming off the coast of Africa in the coming days. Fasten
your seat belts. This could be a wild storm season after stating off
calm. But in Sosua, the weathe is hot, sunny and dry. Stay Tuned.
Sosua Beach News 9/14/2018. Just the
same old for Sosua. But we just
commented that Willie is a lock to be
the next Sosua Beach Mayor. A Lionel
Fernandez will be the next President.
But this is two thirds of the ecuasion
NEW SOSUA BEACH REPORT AND COMMENTS
We also need a party friendly Ministerio de Tourismo. The
current North Coast head is not party friendly. He is in the
turning Sosua into a family resort mind set. As we all know
that has been a complete failure. Recently, we spotted a
father walking his daughter through town. But no others for
months. The former Head of Tourismo in Sosua, Oscar
Peralta, see pic above, was fired for attending a party with
strippers and having his photo taken with two scantily clad
ladies on a trip to NYC. Come on. But we also think he was
behind the closing of Piano Bar and Picaflor recently in
Sosua. But he is out. Lets hope the next guy is party friendly.
And what else? The price of the new Cruise Ship Terminal in
Puerto Plata is US$ 100 million dollars. Have mercy. There is
an area close by is perfect for night club development. But
this is years away, if ever. No new concerts at the Anfiteatro
Puerto Plata. No eventos anywhere. Just slow. DLatin Drink
looks finished from the outside, but inside just a bunch of
rubble. But the party in Sosua just keeps going. So dont
cancel your trip. Sosua needs your money. Stay Tuned.
US RECALLS DOMINICAN AMBASSADOR
Sosua News 9/17/2018. Yes Readers, there
was a high level meeting this week in Santo
Domingo to discuss how to stop rampant
prostitution iin Sosua and Cabarete. How
many of these have they had? Countless.
So many we cant keep track. Attending the
meeting were of course Sosua Mayor Llana Nuemann. Also,
Humbero Pichardo of the Sosua Hotel Association, Director of
Alcoholic Beverage Control Aris Leyda Mercedes, Police Minister
Jose Ramon Fadur, Andres Pastoriza of The Sosua Sustainable
Development Assoc. and Tourismo Director Lorenzo Sancassani.
Have Mercy, They just do not read this blog. How many times have
we written about the simple solution to this. In Sosua there are
about four party bars open. Mayor Nuemann can simply go to the
hardware store. But four padlocks, raid and close the remaining
bars, Then clear everyone out of the party zone. Easy, this will take
one day. Over and out and we all move on. Make that two hours and
done. But No! They just refuse to shut down the party. They know
that without us the weak Sosua economy dies. And for the guy from
the SSDA. Mr Pastoriza has done nothing but promote an annual
10k run. He has done nothing in the past five years to change
Sosua. Families remain scarce in town. You are more likely to see a
herd of elephants running through Sosua than a family. Stay Tuned
Sosua News 9/17/2018. The US has
pulled the Ambassadors from the
Dom. Rep, Panama and El Salvador
for accepting money from China. In
return they must cut ties with
Taiwan. This did not mix well with Washington. The US
Ambassador to the Dom Rep. Robin Bernstein was in her
first day on the job. The above pic shows her meeting with
President Madina. We were surprised that Panama bit on
this. They have plenty of $$$ and are a well developed
country. Thanks to DominicanToday.com for the pic and
story and also for our story on prostitution. Just crazy.
Sosua News 9/17/20. TS Isaac is
passing by way to the south and will
hit us with a little rain. Nothing more
but could strengthen as it heads
towards the Gulf and maybe pose a
threat to the US. A new TS Joyce has formed in the mid
Atlantic and looks to be headed south. We will be watching
but dont expect much. Florence passed by with a few waves.
WASON BRAZOBAN AT ANFITEATRO 9/23
SOME BADLY NEEDED SOSUA BEACH COMMENTS
Sosua Beach News 9/24/2018. First off and
once again thanks to all of you for staying
loyal and Tuned In. Hey Rutherford NJ and
Beacon Falls CT ! Do you realize Sosua is
a two stop light town? All this comtroversy
over a town with maybe 7,000 full time
residents. Now, the Mayor of Sosua governs a number of villages
including Los Charamicos, Sosua Abajo and La Union, whick makes for
a sizable population. But Sosua itself is a spec on the map. Just not a
normal spec. The pic above shows just how out of whack things are
around here. People involved in wrecks on the highway, all over the
road, severely injured, and no trauma center or emergency room in
the area. In fact there has been no talk on this matter for two years or
more. Yet thousands of dollars were spent on a meeting on how to
control prostitution in Sosua. We wonder if anyone has figured out
these are business transactions between two consenting adults? And
95% of these are between Dominicans? This is probably why it is still
legal. . It is time to get at least a trauma center in Sosua. Sosua is a
party town. Keep tampering and it will be a nothing town. No new
Sosua Nightlife updates. The party is going but way below average.
But its.time to get our priorities straight. And te weather is just perfect
Sosua News 9/24/2018. Dominica singer Wason
Brazoban will be performing live this Sunday at the
Anfiteatro in Puerto Plata. Who? Oh yah, that guy after
watching some of his YouTube vids. He has several
tunes that get air play but he is not a household name.
At least to us. He is a crooner. Not a rocker. But the
locals will know every word to every song. Will he sell
out? We hope so. Just too many concerts with empty
seats lately. Ticket prices range from 300 to 3000
Pesos. Lets hope for a big crowd and great weather.
A HUGE THANKS TO CERVESA PRESIDENTE
Sosua Beach News 9/24/2018. Verano Presidente
just finished twenty great Summer concerts. A huge
thanks for all the time, effort and the Millions of $$$
spent. And all of them with free admission. But no
Festival Presidente 2018. It is held evety two years
so we all have to wait until 2019. This is a long wait.
A SCENE FROM LAST YEARS FESTIVAL PRESIDENTE