sousa/puerto plata - dominican republic
a couple and a 6 yr old boy, may spend a week in february. never been in the DR. any recommendations for food in sousa and/or puerto plata. at the moment i'm leaning towards the former, but if people with experience tell me the latter, or something else, is a better choice, my plans are not too solid to change yet. I'll take any non-food tips as well.....
i second the place on cabarete beach called Dom Alfredo Papi (or something like that.) the shrimp are great.
we also really enjoyed the mofongo at mofongo king on sosua beach. absolutely delicious.
the food at casa veintiuno is worth checking out. the proprietor there is wonderful.
there's an indian restaurant called blue moon that's supposed to be amazing. call for a reservation, we couldn't get in.
morua mai (spelling?) was pretty good too.
all in all, it's not really a foodie destination, but there is definitely some decent grub!
have a great trip!
If anyone is still interested, Blue Moon which was mentioned once or twice on here is an "Indian-Dominican Fusion" restaurant in the hills past Cabarete, you have to drive to the next town, Sabaneta, about 4 miles and then turn right direction to Jamao/Santiago.
They only take groups though, I think 6 or 8 people minimum and reservation at least a few days in advance is imperative.
It's an absolutely amazing experience, not only the food but everything. Make sure you get there before sunset so you can walk up the hill with a Blue Moon cocktail and watch the sun disappear.
After that, everybody is seated in an open round patio on mattresses on the floor - your plates are banana leaves and you eat with your hand. It's unique and fun and the food is delicious.
If anybody needs other recommendations I'd be happy to help as I have been living in Cabarete for the past 13 years...
I was told that Cabarete is amazing in the evening time.
Are there any special bars/restaurants we should go to that is easily accessible?
I will be going from Puerto Plata, not sure taking a taxi would be a good idea, or have to rent a car..... By the way, any recommendations on seafood restaurant in the area would be helpful!! Thanks!!
Check Tripadvisor, they have some decent-sounding recommendations. In Cabarete (not far from Sosua) there's a restaurant with "Papi" in the name and their shrimp dish is darn good. The D.R. isn't a tremendous food destination generally. You're staying in a wonderful town though! And Sosua Beach is great fun, there are a bunch of beach restaurants, cook-out shacks really, that are fun for lunch, and bunches of teensy fun shops in bright colored shacks. Cabarete has a beautiful avenue of restaurants along the beach. Both make for a great day "out." The people in the D.R. are absolutely delightful, great senses of humor and so friendly. You'll have a great time, congratulations for staying away from the all-inclusives, talk about a way NOT to experience the place you're visiting! If we didn't stay with my Dad west of Puerto Plata, we'd stay in Sosua. Iguanamama.com does tours in the area - the whitewater rafting, while pretty tame, is also great fun. Enjoy!