What you need to know About Sosúa before visiting us.
Sosúa is a year round vacation destination, so anytime is a good time. The majority of visitors from North America and Europe come to the area from October through April seeking a warm tropical break from the cold environments in their countries during that time of the year. During the summer months, visitors are mainly from European countries.
What is the weather like?
The Dominican Republic is in the Caribbean, so temperatures are generally quite warm throughout the country all year round. Some have even called the weather here “the endless summer”.
What is the legal age to drink alcohol and gamble?
Both the legal drinking and gambling age in the Dominican Republic is 18 years old.
What medical facilities are in the area?
In the Sosúa/Cabarete area the Servi-Med center is available 24 hours a day for emergency medical assistance. A well-equipped private clinic with an excellent reputation, Clínica Bournigal is located in Puerto Plata 30 minutes away. Other excellent medical services are available in Santiago about 1.5 hours’ drive from Sosúa. A private nationwide ambulance service Movi-Med operates in the area for emergency transportation needs.
- Servi-Med (Sosúa/ Cabarete): 809-571-2903
- Centro Medico Cabarete (Sosúa/ Cabarete): 809-571-4696
- Clínica Bournigal (Puerto Plata): 809-586-2342
- Hospital Metropolitano de Santiago (HOMS) (Santiago): 829-947-2222
- Clínica Corominas (Santiago): 809-580-1171
- Clínica Unión Medica (Santiago): 809-241-0328
- Movi-Med Ambulance: 809-200-0911
Is medical insurance available?
Yes. There are reputable professionals in the area that can provide information about global health insurance policies for coverage both in the country and elsewhere throughout the world including the U.S.
Do I need to speak/ understand Spanish?
You can get by without any Spanish or very little Spanish since there are many people working in the tourism related businesses whether Dominican or foreign understand some English, and possibly other languages such as German, French, Italian, etc. Usually with a little kind effort from both parties, you will get by just fine. Learning a few key words and phrases can be fun. It can also provide extra enjoyment in your experience by providing a better opportunity to communicate with local people. Dominicans definitely appreciate those who make an attempt to speak their language and are generally helpful in assisting with your efforts.