With sugar-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and tropical forests, the town of Michès in the Dominican Republic is still a best-kept secret among locals. But, with the debut of the Michès' first hotel, Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, now is the perfect time to visit this still (mostly) untouched, off-the-beaten-path destination.
So, Where is Miches, Anyway?
Michès is a small, rural beach town located in the El Seibo province of the Dominican Republic (on the island's northeast coast). The town has a population of about 30,000 people. Most residents are either farmers or fishermen.
How Far is Miches from Punta Cana?
To get here, you'll need to fly to Punta Cana International Airport. From there, it's about a one-hour drive. Despite its close proximity to the bustling resort town, Michès truly feels like a world away with its unspoiled beaches, nearby mountains, and beautiful flora.
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Beaches in Miches
Unlike in Punta Cana, the beaches in Michès are pretty much untouched — which means you can enjoy turquoise waters, sugar-sand shorelines, and palm-tree shaded areas sans the crowds. Playa Costa Esmeralda (which is where Club Med is located) is a popular hotspot for tourists. Other nearby beaches include Playa El Limón (a secluded, three-kilometer beach surrounded by coconut trees; in the spring, look out for sea turtles) and Playa El Morón.
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With its lush natural beauty, there's no doubt about it: Michès is absolutely stunning. These activities and excursions are a perfect mix of fun, adventure, and, of course, epic photo ops.
- Montaña Redonda is a 1,000-foot-tall mountain that offers awe-inspiring views of the island and ocean. The mountain is home to the "Instagram Swing," (where you can hop on and take a pic of yourself overlooking the island).
- Salto Jalada, the tallest waterfall in the Dominican Republic, is a spectacular sight.
- The two lagoons that make up the Redonda and Limón Lagoons Scientific Reserve (Laguna Redonda and Laguna Limón, respectively) are home to some incredible flora and fauna.
Where to Stay in Michès
We recently stayed at Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, which opened in November 2019 and is the region's first property. The family-friendly, all-inclusive resort spans 93 acres and features 335 rooms and suites, a large pool, tropical decor, exciting drinking and dining options, a spa, and a 2,000-foot private beach.
What to Eat & Drink in Miches
Avocados, oranges, mangos, and coconuts — along with locally raised cattle (like pork and beef) and fresh-caught fish — are all staples here. Some of the region's most famous dishes include mangú (mashed plantains served with salami, eggs, and cheese), pollo guisado (a hearty chicken stew with veggies), and pastelitos (a savory pastry stuffed with meat and/or veggies). Pescado minutas (fried fish) is also popular here. Wash it all down with a glass of mavi (also spelled mabi): a tropical beverage made with fermented tree bark, sugar, fruit, and other flavors like vanilla, cinnamon, or nutmeg.