Miches Transportation

Find out which mode of transportation is best for your Miches getaway

On its way to becoming a hot spot for eco-tourism, Miches remains overall a quiet, calm town on the south side of Samana Bay.  Surrounded by beaches, mountains, and forests, this is a great place to go to experience the natural side of the Dominican Republic without cutting yourself completely off from technology.  With that being said, Miches is near enough several of the major resort towns that transportation options are not lacking in the slightest. 

Air Travel

Tourists from around the world have consistently gushed about what a pleasant experience they've had flying into the Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), which is the facility nearest Miches.  The airport is privately owned so it is able to do things just a little bit differently than public facilities: like greet customers with local women dressed in traditional garb and offer photographs with them.  International flights touch down here regularly, from several major hubs in the United States, Canada, and Europe.  For a complete list of airlines that travel to Punta Cana as well as where they fly from, click here


Pleasure sailing is a popular activity in Miches, but it is also possible to travel to the town by boat rather than fly.  The nearest port of entry is in Punta Cana, where some of the island's easiest sailing conditions can be found.  The marina is located at the Punta Cana Resort & Club, and features two docks with moorings for up to 43 boats.  When you sail in to port, raise your yellow “Q” flag and have the passports of all passengers as well as a secondary form of identification available, in addition to a list of the ship's stores and crew.  Customs and immigrations officials will review your paperwork and if everything is in order, clear you to sail around the island.  From there, you can sail to Miches and find anchorage.  Do be aware that Miches was once known as a major human smuggling spot, for local coast guard officials are likely to keep a close eye on any boat that sails into town. 


The nearest cruise port to Miches is actually over three hours away in Samana.  There is a short cut, however, that will allow cruisers to easily spend their time on shore in this beautiful fishing village:  a ferry that travels between Samana and Sabana del Mar, which is just a half an hour drive from town.  You can read more about the ferry service below, but in the meantime, if you're hoping to sail to the terminal in Samana, you'll find that smaller liners like Holland America and Silverseas frequent this port most often. 

Rental Cars

Most tourists who plan to rent a car will do so when they arrive at the airport.  You'll spend between $30 and $125(USD) a day depending on the type of vehicle, additional amenities, and whether or not you purchase the recommended insurance, plus you'll need to have around $500(USD) available on your credit card so the rental agency can hold it as a deposit to be cleared upon return of the vehicle.  Once you're out on the road, you'll find conditions vary greatly.  The highways are paved and kept up, but not immaculately, while within Miches it is more common to find yourself traveling down a street made of dirt or sand. 


If you are in need of a taxi during your stay in Miches, you'll have an easier time calling ahead for a ride.  If you don't speak Spanish, enlist the help of the staff at your accommodations to make the arrangements for you.  It can be hard to find a cab on the streets here, so it is better to be prepared than find yourself a long way from your hotel without a way to get back.  Click here for further details. 


What you will see a lot of on the streets, however, are motoconchos.  These are motorcycles or scooters that operate as a taxi service.  Popular because of their low price of just $0.50(USD) per person, they are also a little unnerving.  Drivers will happily squeeze up to five passengers on their bikes at once, speed through the streets, and nobody on them wears helmets.  It is recommended that if you do hire a motoconcho, you use it only for shore distances. 


In the Dominican Republic, there are two different types of buses available.  The first is a luxury coach service which offers long distance transport from between largest cities like Punta Cana, Santo Domingo, and Luperon.  You can ride one of these buses from the airport to Miches.  For more local transport, and travel between towns that are close to one another, you can catch a guagua, which is a mini bus or a van which offers inexpensive rides.  


As previously mentioned, there is a ferry that could potentially benefit tourists staying in Miches which travels between Sabana de la Mar and Samana on a daily basis.  The ferry is called El Bote and makes its way across Samana Bay from Sabana de la Mart at 8:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m, and 5:00 p.m.  The final return ferry from Samana is 3:00 p.m., so if you're planning a day trip, make sure to be back at the ferry terminal by 2:00 p.m. The ferry costs just $4.25(USD) per person.

Despite its small size, the availability of transportation in Miches is fairly decent, so you won't have to worry about getting from place to place when you visit.  Now that you've taken the time to review what is available to you, you're ready to begin booking this portion of your getaway.  


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