At what resort is there the best snorkeling from the beach. Where is there a reef close to shore
In the Puerto Plata area, the best is probably the main beach in Sosua ... that's where all the tours go ... you can swim out to it from the beach if you're comfortable with that, but it's probably 2-300 meters.
I haven't heard of any resorts in the POP area that have decent snorkeling right from their beach. Sosua Bay is right there on Sosua beach but it consistently gets horrible reviews. Casa Marina is less than a 10 minute walk away though (great location for those that like to get off resort, because there's a town full of bars and restaurants right outside the resort)
Yes, the best snorkelling is Sosua and you can take a catamaran excursion directly from the Playa Dorada beach. If you would like to snorkel directly from the beach you could stay at the Gran Ventana which is oceanfront resort on Playa Dorada and has a small reef directly in front of the middle portion of their beach.
If you are staying anywhere in Playa Dorado please swim where the resorts are. Immediately after the resorts is the local public beach. Swim there if you like but it is very busy on weekends. Please stay very close to the vicinity where the flag is up from the shore.
We were lunching at Le Petit Francois (located at the public beach) when suddenly everyone went running towards the beach just left from the beach. There are absolutely no markings near the water indicating that it's a dangerous area. Locals know the beach starts and ends but none else would.
There was Haitian family not even 20ft from the "safe" area. The boy was in the water in near the shore and the father was further in. A wave came up and literally took him out to sea. Ambulance, then police and then the firefighters all came to the shoreline. The locals seem to care more about the family and the man than the emergency personnel did. They took care of the boy and the mother and mostly everyone at the beach stayed on shoreline looking for any glimpse of the man. The was (taken by stretcher) along with the family to the hospital) "Emergency services had no binoculars and no other search rescue was called. While they seemed to have completely wrapped up, a local person who was paragliding in the area started frantically searching. we among them searching the waters. A little while later locals took a boat to search. No one expected that he would be found alive but everyone, except emergency services, knew to importance to the family to have closure.
Our hearts are completely broken. Here we are on holiday and not only does a man die but we witnessed "emergency services ' do basically nothing.
The question remains. What if it had been a Canadian or a European? Would more help been offered? Completely shocking to witness. 😢🙏
Please take care where you go swimming or snorkeling and be safe.Edited: 24 September 2018, 01:47
Canadian or European the result would probably have been the same. We lost two Canadian teachers from our town at the same time with lifeguards just standing around and the tourists were the ones who tried to rescue. A lot of Dominicans and Haitians don,t know how to swim and many drown every year. So sorry you had to witness this but it,s not uncommon.