Enjoy your Easter holiday in the Caribbean

By | 15 February, 2024 | 0 comments

 1. Easter in the Caribbean

Welcome to the magical experience that awaits you in the Caribbean. With its enchanting white sand beaches and turquoise waters, the Caribbean is the perfect destination for an unforgettable Easter holiday.

If you are looking for somewhere to relax, have fun and discover new cultures, Punta Cana and the Riviera Maya are destinations you should definitely consider.

Discover the perfect combination of culture, spirituality and pleasure in the idyllic Caribbean.


Easter in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has deep Christian roots, so Easter is experienced with a spirituality and respect that permeates many aspects of the culture.

  • Santo Domingo: For those considering visiting the country’s capital during their holidays, Easter offers the possibility of visiting the majestic Primada de América Cathedral, which is located in the Colonial City and is the epicentre of Holy Week religious celebrations.

With its imposing architecture and rich history, the cathedral welcomes the faithful and visitors alike to participate in services and prayers. After attending a moving mass, visitors will also have the opportunity to explore the Colonial City of Santo Domingo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Higüey: If you are thinking of immersing yourself in the religious experience of Easter in a place where history and faith combine with proximity to the tourist area of Punta Cana, a visit to the Basílica of Our Lady of Altagracia is not to be missed.

Located about an hour’s drive from our Princess Punta Cana hotels, this impressive building is considered the country’s main Marian shrine. A vibrant, faith-filled ambience permeates the basilica, creating an atmosphere of spiritual communion where the faithful and tourists alike can pay homage to the country’s patron saint. In addition, after your visit you can explore the charms of Higüey and its surroundings, where local markets and typical Dominican nooks and crannies offer the best in Dominican hospitality.

  • Bávaro – Punta Cana: This religious celebration can also be felt in the heart of the well-known tourist area of Bávaro, Punta Cana, where the local community and foreign residents join in prayer and reflection in preparation for the holy days ahead.

Guests staying at our Princess hotels in Punta Cana can enjoy religious services in the charming little parish of Jesús Maestro, just 5 minutes’ drive from our resorts. With their customary warmth and devotion, the local parishioners are accustomed to receiving tourists visiting the area who wish to attend religious events.

Our hotels will also offer a traditional Easter mass, for which our customer service department will be happy to provide you with the details.

For those visiting during Easter and looking for experiences other than the purely religious, we can recommend 3 fun and exciting ways to enjoy this corner of paradise.

Please remember the country has some restrictions that may be in effect from Maundy (or Holy) Thursday to Easter Sunday. These range from limitations on transport, control over certain excursions, and even a ban on the sale of alcohol in the street on certain days. Though none of these restrictions apply to hotels, you should bear them in mind when planning hotel departures.


1. Saona Island:

3. Easter Dominican Republic Saona Island

Don’t miss out on one of the country’s best known and most famous excursions, and discover the beauty of the Caribbean in its purest essence, with its white beaches and transparent waters.

This island is part of the Parque Natural del Este, a protected reserve that harbours a unique biodiversity and is home to a wide variety of bird, fish, mammal and plant species.

The island has also served as the setting for a number of famous films, including “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”, where some of the scenes were filmed on its beautiful beaches.

Click here to see our 6 recommendations for things to see and do in this tropical paradise in the Dominican Republic.

Let yourself be seduced by an island where you can relax, dive, and enjoy an unforgettable experience.


2. Scape Park:

4. Easter Dominican Republic Scape Park

The perfect plan for nature lovers, this excursion is the ideal opportunity to do something different and unforgettable:

  • Explore caves and cenotes: caves and cenotes the likes of Hoyo Azul invite you to swim, snorkel, or simply admire the natural beauty.
  • Hurtle along thrilling zip lines through lush palm trees.
  • Buggy tours: an exciting buggy adventure along nature trails.
  • Ecological trails: where you can learn about the biodiversity of the area.
  • Juanillo Beach: relax on the white sands and bathe in the turquoise waters.

… and all while discovering the local flora and fauna.

Discover all the activities at Scape Park Punta Cana with Princess Hotels.


3. Cocobongo:

5. Easter Dominican Republic Cocobongo

If you’re looking to take your night-time entertainment to another level, you can’t miss Cocobongo, an iconic nightclub that is far more than just an entertainment venue, it’s an extraordinary experience featuring music, ambience, and world-class shows.

While you sip your favourite drinks, let yourself be entertained by performances by musicians, acrobats, dancers, etc.

And all in a multicultural atmosphere where everyone comes together for one purpose, non-stop fun.


Easter in the Riviera Maya

6. Easter Riviera Maya Tulum Church

In the Riviera Maya, Easter is more than just sun and beaches; it’s also a place where spirituality and tradition intertwine with natural beauty. Among the many churches in this wonderful area, here are a few fascinating options that will ensure a unique experience during your Easter holidays:

  • In the heart of Akumal lies the Parroquia de la Sagrada Familia, a place full of history and spirituality. This little gem offers a serene atmosphere for those seeking to connect with their faith during Easter.

Akumal’s tranquil atmosphere perfectly complements the spiritual experience, allowing one to reflect and enjoy moments of peace.

  • Vibrant Cancun is also home to the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who stands as a symbol of devotion. During Easter this church is filled with colour and fervour, attracting locals and visitors alike.

Take part in traditional processions and immerse yourself in the spiritual essence of this cosmopolitan destination as you celebrate Easter in a unique way.

  • Tulum is home to the parish of San José, a historic place that becomes a meeting point where the local community gathers to celebrate the religious festivities that bring life to the town at this time of the year.

In addition to religious celebrations, the Riviera Maya offers a variety of activities for those looking to combine spirituality with adventure. Discover some exciting options:


1. Excursion to the Ruins of Ek Balam:

7. Easter Riviera Maya Ek Balam

Broaden your knowledge of the region’s ancient history by exploring the ruins of Ek Balam.

Here are some of the must-see features of these ruins:

  • Stairway to the Underworld: This impressive structure, known as “The Acropolis”, is a pyramid with a carved stone stairway that, according to Mayan mythology, descends to the underworld,
  • Stelae and carved reliefs: This site is known for the elaborate stelae and carved reliefs that adorn the structures.
  • Tomb of Ukit Kan Le’k Tok’: In 1997 a tomb was discovered at Ek Balam containing the remains of a Mayan ruler known as Ukit Kan Le’k Tok’.

During Easter, this archaeological site comes alive with theatrical performances recreating Mayan ceremonies and historical events.

Walk among the imposing structures and feel the spiritual energy emanating from this ancient site.


2. Exploring History in Tihosuco:

8. Easter Riviera Maya Tihosuco Church

Journey into the past by visiting the ruined church of Tihosuco.

During Easter this historic site takes on special significance as it commemorates Mayan resistance during the Caste War.

Explore the ruins of the church and the surrounding area as you absorb the history and culture of this place.

Participate in guided tours that will take you through the fascinating stories that surround this site, leading you to a deeper understanding of the region’s rich heritage.


3. Underwater adventure in Cenote Manatí:

9. Easter Riviera Maya Cenote Manatí

Take the plunge into the crystal clear waters of Cenote Manatí and discover the magic of diving in this unique environment.

Do you know where the name comes from? “Manatí” comes from the Mayan word “Manatee”, which refers to the marine mammal that used to inhabit the fresh waters of the region. While these no longer inhabit this cenote, the name serves as a reminder of their presence.

During Easter, certified instructors will guide you through this magical experience, giving you the chance to explore underground passages and impressive rock formations.

Cenote Manatí is a must-see destination for those visiting the Yucatan Peninsula in search of natural beauty and aquatic adventure.

At Princess Hotels Caribe we understand that every traveller has their own expectations and needs during their stay, which is why we strive to offer a variety of options.

Whether your preference is for exciting activities, quiet moments, or the opportunity to connect spiritually, we invite you to enjoy it all with us!


Our Easter discounts in the Caribbean

 2. Easter Dominican Republic Santo Domingo Church

How would you like to spend your Easter holidays at the luxurious Princess Hotels & Resorts? Choose between the spectacular Riviera Maya or the enchanting Punta Cana.

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Let us know your preferred destination and the activity you are most looking forward to experiencing, we would love to hear from you.

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