“Playa Alicia”: Sosua’s latest natural wonder

Sosua beaches – One of them is Playa Alicia

2015

Playa Alicia

As if it wasn’t enough that the Dominican Republic’s north coast offers some of the country’s most beautiful and pristine beaches, now the beachfront tourism community of Sosua has been awarded yet another gift of nature – Playa Alicia.

The new beach began forming in 2003 when, to the surprise of locals and tourists, white sand brought in by ocean currents began to accumulate near the picturesque village of “El Batey.”  The village was founded in 1938 by 500 Jewish immigrants who traveled to this remote area in their attempts to run away from Nazi Europe. The Dominican government allowed them to settle in this particular area.

It took a few years for “Playa Alicia” – or Water Front beach, as it is currently called – to form. During the 1950’s and 1960’s the area was used as a dumping ground for leftovers from a local slaughter house.

This situation attracted lots of sharks to the nearby waters. Sosua is a resort community characterized by small and quaint hotels, apartments and villas.

The town offers visitors a diverse range of local and international restaurants. All-inclusive hotels, such as the ones that characterize the country’s easternmost region, are almost non-existent in this particular town. (Jose Luis Chavez, text, and photos).

Today, Playa “Alicia” has become one of Sosua’s most beautiful natural attractions. The beach can be found at the end of Calle Dr. Rosen in Parque Mirador Sur. The small park is a lovely place to watch the most beautiful sunsets while sitting on a bench and enjoying a cold Presidente beer.

Advice for Moving Abroad

Moving Abroad or Relocating to the Dominican Republic

There are so many things that are now available going from one country to another. This had made traveling for fun a lot more common and affordable. This has also made the decision of moving to a different country a lot easier travelers like me.

Relocating to different countries for a couple of times is definitely a learning experience. So if you are thinking about making the Dominican Republic your new home I can give you some advice on how you can do it and how to make the transition easier once you are there. They might seem basic, but they are also effective.

Two Bedroom Home Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Beautiful Beach along the north shore

Let’s start with 4 tips for making the move to another country a lot smoother:

1) After you have chosen a place, you want to live in for the next couple of years. And this might sound extremely obvious! But learn the language before you move if you decide to do it once you are there transition will be a lot harder.

2) Then you have the problem of choosing the house you want in the town, city or region you chose. The best advice that can be given to anyone looking for a house in a new country is: Find a rental first. This allows you to take the time to learn about the neighborhood, decide if you like it, and to even keep on searching for a better house.

3) Take your time to pack. Don’t leave this incredibly important task for the last minute. This will give you time to organize your stuff properly and to decide what you really need to take with you and how you are going to get it there. Plus it takes a lot of stress off of your shoulders.

4) Another important thing you should do is learn about the local laws. This involves a lot of research but you should know the basics of what is considered bad but especially about the taxes. Also, do some research about the local culture. Sometimes things that you consider normal can be bad for them.

Here are 4 more tips you can use to start making yourself at home and getting used to a new country:

1) Since you have already researched the place you moved to you already have an idea of places you like. So visit them, explore the place, take your time and truly make the place your home. This is a place you chose to live in, so don’t see things as a tourist, truly appreciate it.

2) As you explore the place to start meeting new people, be friendly. You can start by having a short but pleasant conversation with the person from the neighborhood store, talk to someone in the park. Becoming a part of the community is really important.

3) Since you are starting over in a new place, why don’t you try changing some things in your routine? Think of the things you were doing wrong and take the opportunity to change them. This will make your time in your new home unique and unforgettable.

4) Finally, attend the local cultural festivities. It is another great and fun way of learning about the people and to meet locals. You can go to music festivals or visit a theater to enjoy the most recent play.

Some of these might seem obvious but when planning such an important event we tend to forget about them. So keep them in mind. This can be one of the best experiences of your life, so don’t let stress take over; enjoy every step of the way and good luck.