A NATURAL ESCAPE
Tropicalia is located on the beautiful shores of Costa Esmeralda in the community of Miches of El Seibo province on the southern shores of the Samaná Bay, a world-renowned Marine Mammal Sanctuary where 2,000 humpback whales migrate annually to give birth and mate in its warm waters.
Miches boasts a diverse ecosystem of beaches, mountains, mangrove forests, jungle, lagoons and rivers. The area is celebrated for its unique natural beauty, including the stunning beaches of Costa Esmeralda and Playa Arriba, the towering Cordillera Oriental, and tropical prairie landscapes and forests.
MICHES: DEVELOPMENT IN BALANCE
As an emerging tourist destination, the community of Miches will face many challenges and embrace novel opportunities as new hotel developments establish themselves in the region.
Tropicalia and Fundación Tropicalia work hard to support the balanced development of the region, where tourism flourishes in a sustainable, progressive and responsible manner. With this in mind, in 2019 the Dominican government approved and began building a public access road that connects Tropicalia and other hotel developments to the main highway (DR-104); the section on Destination Management describes this effort in greater detail. As a result, the local electric company also expanded the electrical grid and services to cover this area, successfully extending electrical lines through the portions of public road that have been completed with plans to tend new lines as road construction continues.
Between 2018 and 2019 hotel investments increased in Miches resulting in the revival of the El Seibo-Miches Hotel and Restaurant Association. The Association successfully attracted new members and defined its vision moving forward: differentiate and position Miches as an emerging and sustainable tourist destination; promote and support innovation and local business development; and protect and enhance the environmental and cultural diversity of the region.
Throughout 2019, members of the Association supported the renovation and construction of a new road that connects Costa Esmeralda and Caño Celedonio with the main highway (DR-104). In order to make this project viable, several members including Tropicalia voluntarily ceded 183,818.60 m² of land under eminent domain and sought no compensation in return. Specifically, Tropicalia contributed 51,000 m² of land in order to guarantee public access to the beach and allow for the establishment of essential facilities for public use.