1 bed/1 bath apartment with high speed 10MB/s+ private WiFi just steps from Calle Pedro Clisante with its restaurants, bars, clubs and other entertainment options.
Beaches (Playa Alicia or Playa Sosua) are a short 8 minute walk (or 45 second motoconcho ride). You can also just hang out at the pool outside the front door. The fully functional kitchen includes an oven, stove-top, refrigerator and microwave.
ELECTRICITY INCLUDED (some charge extra) plus a BACKUP GENERATOR.
Rates start at $19 per night during low season and go up from there. Multi-week discounts are available and one cleaning per week is included in the rate. A $100 deposit will also be collected and held against your credit card until check out.
Plaza Sosua II , El Batey, Sosua, Dominican Republic
This one bedroom/one bathroom first floor apartment is fully secure in a gated community in El Batey, Sosua. The apartment is centrally located just off Calle Pedro Clisante and is a few minutes walk to the beach.
There is WiFi in the common area, and we have reliable private WiFi in the unit with speeds over 10MB/s download and 1.5 MB/s upload. This isn’t shared WiFi for the whole building, it’s private WiFi for this unit. High speed internet in Sosua isn’t cheap, and there are several places that offer WiFi; however, in those places you’ll be lucky to text and email. At my place you can stream content and have full connectivity. With over 10MB/s (speeds can exceed 30MB/s at times), you will be able to function as if you were at home. Whether you need to catch up on work (God forbid) or just want to download videos and content, the WiFi speeds in the unit will be faster than most of what you’ll find in Sosua.
We have cold A/C and instant Hot Water and everything you will need for nice weekend, week or month or more away in the DR and ELECTRICITY is INCLUDED. Seems strange to have to say that, but some rentals in the DR will charge you extra for the electricity you use by reading the meter at check in and check out.
In addition we have backup generator that allows for the appliances and electrical outlets to continue running even if the power on the street fails. It's not uncommon for the power to go out for minutes or even hours at a time, and so we have installed a backup battery generator that will provide between 5-8 hours of uninterrupted emergency power to keep the WiFi, fans, refrigerator and the lights on. Please note that because of the power usage, the A/C unit and instant hot water heater will not work during an outage, but you will not be left in the dark.
While power failure in the DR isn't an everyday event, it can happen for brief periods of time. The backup generator makes it so that you are not impacted by temporary outages. Finally, the generator is powered by rechargeable batteries so there is no noise when it kicks on.
You will find iPhone/iPad/Android charging cables and plugs available for your use in the unit as well as an international power adapter for visitors from the UK and Europe. The DR uses US type plus, so if you are traveling from North America, you have nothing to worry about. You are welcome to use the chargers and adapters, just put them back where you found them so they are available for the next guest.
The apartment is the perfect size for an individual or a couple. No kids or pets please.
If you would like to rent for more than 29 consecutive days, please feel free to make multiple reservations. For example if you’d like to rent for 45 days, you can make a 29 day reservation and then consecutive 16 day reservation.
Guest access to the condo is via the front gate. You will be given a key FOB that opens the gate and keys for the unit. You will have access to the common area including the pool just outside of the unit. We are visitor friendly, but we ask that while you are in the common areas you be mindful that there are others that live in the complex. As with any place you would visit, use common sense, and you'll have a great time.
When you arrive, I’ll have my assistant meet you to give you access to the apartment. Unfortunately we can not accommodate arrivals after 8PM, and check-in is generally at 2pm; however, early check-in may be available if the unit is unoccupied the night before or the current renter has checked out early. Checkout is at 10am, but again we may have flexibility based upon the schedule.
If you like to guarantee early check-in or late check-out, simply book the night before or after. You’ll find that we are pretty laid back and easy to work with, so if you need special accommodation, please just ask, and we will do our best.
My goal is to have you enjoy your trip to the DR to the fullest, and come back often to our beautiful island.
Interaction with guests
When you arrive you'll be met by my assistant who lives a block away. She will get you set up and will be available in the event that there are any problems.
There is a one time cleaning fee that is included in the AIRBNB fee for after you check out to make the place comfortable for our next guests. Additional cleaning service is weekly and is INCLUDED in the the rate. Should you desire more frequent cleaning/towel service, it is available for US$ 20 or RD$ 1000 per cleaning. This is my cost, and I don’t make any money on the cleaning fees. Simply let my assistant know when you want cleaning and she will schedule a time.
My assistant and I are available via the AIRBNB app or WhatsApp as well if you have any concerns.
Other things to note
Shopping, dining, bars, clubs, beaches and entertainment are just a few things that are just around the corner. The walk from the apartment to the beach down Pedro Clisante is a colorful introduction to the DR culture and you will find virtually anything you need from the mini mart around the corner. From local food to international restaurants (Italian, Chinese and a British Pub to name a few), you can enjoy a diverse cuisine. Once you get to the end of Pedro Clisante, there are a stretch of local shops that lead up to the beach.
On Playa Sosua, the shopping continues with dozens of dining and retail establishments located right on the beach. If you are looking for a quieter beach experience, head over to Playa Alicia at the end of Calle Dr. Rosen. At the end of the day, the party shifts to Pedro Clisante where you can safely walk around all night. As with any place you would visit, use common sense, and you'll have a great time.
The town is relatively small and easily walkable. You can also get around using the motoconcho, where you are basically hitching a ride on the back of someone's motorcycle. The price within the El Batey area of Sosua is 50 pesos, though you will certainly be quoted more if you ask them firsthand. Simply tell the driver where you want to go, hop on, and hand the driver the exact fare when you arrive at your destination and walk away. The motoconcho drivers are everywhere and will actively solicit you for a ride. Do not hop a concho while you are inebriated.
The cheapest way to move between Sosua and the surrounding cities and towns of Puerto Plata, Cabarete and Rio San Juan, as well as the tourist resorts in between, is by guagua (Caribbean Spanish slang for bus), which are small mini-vans operating on the main highway between Puerto Plata and Rio San Juan. At peak hours they pass every five or ten minutes. Short distances (i.e., Sosua to Cabarete) should cost no more than 20 pesos to Cabarete, to 30 pesos to Puerto Plata. They will pack in up to twenty-five people per mini-van (this is not an exaggeration!), with passengers almost in each other's laps. You may even have someone's cage of roosters deposited on your lap.
If you'd like a less colorful option, tourist taxis are plentiful but expensive when compared to the guagua or motoconchos in Sosua. Should you arrive by bus from Santiago, tourist taxi from Caribe Tours bus station to El Batey is around 150 pesos. A taxi from Sosua to Puerto Plata airport will charge $25US for the car; however, many taxi drivers will attempt quote $25US per person, so be aware.
The nearest taxi stand is at the corner of Calle Pedro Clisante and Calle Dr. Rosin, however, finding a taxi or motoconch anywhere along Pedro Clisante is easy to do. You will pay about $15US from Sosua to Cabarete; however, if you wish to be adventerous, you can take a guagua for about 20 pesos per person. Guaguas run through the main road (Rt. 5), which is about 1 block south of Pedro Clisante. You have to flag them down so they will stop for you.
There are car/moped rental places just around the corner (to the right) on Pedro Clisante. There are other car rental locations as well, so shop around. You can, and should, negotiate the rate. The longer you rent the better the price. If you rent in town from a local company you may be required to surrender your passport. It should be safe, but in the event of an accident do not count on your insurance or credit card company to bail you out. You will be required to pay the damages in full, in cash before your passport is returned. If you try to get around the process of paying you may find yourself dealing with the local police or judge, which may end up costing you more, and is not recommended.
If you prefer to deal with the more reputable International chains simply stop by the Puerto Plata airport. An economy car may be rented for US$30 per day. Check with your credit card company first to see what coverage they provide because this price is not inclusive of insurance. You may be required to purchase Third Party Liability insurance even if your credit card offers it. One way to avoid this is to have a letter from the credit card company that states that the credit card insurance will cover third party liability. Local insurance is expensive so most simply rely on the coverage provided by their credit card. Remember, insurance is extremely important since drivers in this country a bit more crazy than in Europe or the States.