The municipality, which was developed in its beginnings by foreigners, has beaches to enjoy and a rich history in culture.
The consolidation of the development of this municipality, belonging to the province of Puerto Plata, began with foreigners, from Jews to Germans, who settled in the area and not only took off tourism, but the first meat company in the country. Along with its municipal district of Cabarete and with an intrinsic relevance that has gone hand in hand with the takeoff of what is the first tourist pole that the Dominican Republic has, it shows its kindnesses given by nature, with paradisiacal beaches.
At present, it has a population of approximately 65 thousand people. The 2010 census established 49,593 inhabitants in Sosúa and 14,604 in Cabarete, towns that over the years have not only seen the number of hotel rooms grow, but the development of industries and the arrival of large supermarkets. It also has the Gregorio Luperón airport, built in 1979 in the community of La Unión de Sosúa, just 15 minutes from the San Felipe town of Puerto Plata.
The foundation of this municipality is recognized with the arrival of the first 800 European Jews, who ran to the Nazis were welcomed during the tyranny of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo in 1938. These foreigners, who decided to stay in Dominican soil, introduced the dairy and meat industry and they installed the company Sosúa products, which for some years passed into the hands of Mexican capital and bears the name Sigma. Attached to their culture, they not only collaborated with the development of this area, but also wanted to maintain their traditions and installed a synagogue with a museum that highlights the Jewish community.
They also conserve the Jewish cemetery, in the Villa Victoria community, which is one of the most visited places for foreigners interested in the exodus of this community and its permanence in the area. One of their traditions is to place stones in the graves of their dead, instead of the usual flowers.
Among its most visited places is Monkey Jungle, located on 280 hectares of farmland between Sosúa and Cabarete, nine kilometers from the road that leads to El Choco National Park. The park has a population of capuchin monkeys, a zipline of seven stations, a botanical garden and an ancient Taino cave that allows you to descend 18 meters underground. The recreational space also serves as a recovery center for rescued capuchins. Visitors can visit the botanical gardens hidden inside a cave, jumping into the zipline and flying over the farm. All proceeds from the tours are intended to finance a medical and dental clinic that is located on the farm.