Where to go on winter vacations? The best plans await you!

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Thinking about where to go on winter holidays? Winter, that time of the year that brings cold, snow and frost. With fewer hours of sunlight, we get up in the morning dreading the cold that awaits us outside in the street, on our way to work. To help you put your jacket aside, we suggest a holiday in the Caribbean! Temperatures drop a little, with an average of 28-31 degrees Celsius, and the weather is still very pleasant during winter in the Caribbean, although there is a higher chance of rain.



Where to go on winter vacations? The best plans of Riviera Maya

If you’re not a fan of extremely hot weather, you’ll feel “at home” with the general temperature. It’s a great season for sightseeing at the many local and regional attractions. Here are our suggestions for the best things to do during winter in the Riviera Maya:


Discover Xavage, the new Xcaret park

From the creators of Xcaret, Xplor and Xel-Há, this summer there was the debut of a new adventure park to increase the amount of entertainment options in this region. Xavage is a new park of emotions where you can have an amazing time! Jet boats, monster trucks, rope courses or kayaking are some of the characteristics of this new park located on the way to Cancun.

You can book your visit to Xavage directly at Grand Riviera Princess.


Experience one of our new Spa rituals

For days when you don’t feel like leaving the hotel, take some time to pamper yourself. We recommend you experience one of our new exclusive Spa rituals that will induce the ultimate relaxation at Grand Sunset Princess:

The Amankaya – Lily Flower: to reduce stress and tension with the use of soft crystal cups that will oxygenate and create space between the back muscles, immediately releasing heaviness and chronic tension.

Lol-Tun – Stone Flower: experiencing a mystical treatment to restore energy balance in the body through the wonderful effect of quartz.

Discover the Mayan Rituals at Platinum Yucatan Princess:

>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdo3lZVIPjc <<


Take a day trip to explore Valladolid and Chichen Itza

If the Sun is not particularly appealing, you can take the opportunity to schedule a full-day trip to the colonial city of Valladolid and the Mayan ruins in the ancient city of Chichen Itza.

Chichen Itza: one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico. Considered one of the 7 wonders of the modern world, it was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.

Valladolid: this colonial city is approximately one hour away from Chichen Itza. Considered a “Pueblo Magico”, Valladolid offers tourists a magical experience due to its natural beauty, cultural richness, delicious cuisine and great hospitality. Not to miss:

– The magical Cenote Zaci

– The Cathedral of “San Servacio”

– The local gastronomy: don’t hesitate to try the famous “cochinita pibil” (meat marinated in achiote) or the “Relleno Negro”, which is turkey cooked with a paste of charred chillies, vegetables and pieces of hard-boiled eggs.


Experience the Day of the Dead celebration

If you visit the Riviera Maya in November, you’re in luck! On the first two days of November, Mexico celebrates the Day of the Dead. This holiday involves family and friends coming together to pray and remember loved ones who have died. Help support them on their spiritual journey. In Mexican culture, death is seen as a natural part of the human cycle. In Playa del Carmen, you’ll see plenty of “catrinas” (skeletons wearing a fancy hat) during the annual parades. Also, don’t miss:

– The many symbolic altars with different offerings for the dead.

Special gastronomic delights created especially for this event.

We are sure that this will be a party you will never forget! Here you can see more information about the Day of the Dead.


Where to go on winter vacations? The best plans in Punta Cana

It’s summer all year round in Punta Cana, so you can escape for a few days to an oasis of tropical beaches, delicious cocktails and refreshing pools. Here are the best things to do in Punta Cana:


Watch The Humpback Whales !

In January, the humpback whales arrive in the bay of Samaná to reproduce and give birth to their calves! Each pregnancy lasts one year, so both stages coincide in the same place. They come mostly because the water is warmer and shallower, so the calves find a better environment at the earliest stage of their life. Watching the mothers playing and jumping with their babies is definitely a spectacle of nature that you can’t miss! During the excursion you can also discover other areas and landscapes of the island, in this case, the north-east, characterised by beautiful mountains.


Have a tasty local fish on Macao beach

Macao beach is located about 20 minutes by car from our Princess hotels in Punta Cana.

It is a semi-pristine beach characterised by miles of toasted sand, a quiet area that looks like a natural swimming pool and a rough area perfect for surfers. A beach where the locals have set up small wooden beach bars where you can cook the fish and shrimps brought by the fishermen on their boats, in the local way: fried, with coconut sauce, a la criolla… and accompany them with the traditional Presidente cold beer, some delicious fried tostones, or a Moorish rice dish. We recommend you take your camera, as the boats on the shore, the waves, the colours of the sunset, and the beach surrounded by palm trees are a spectacle worth photographing.


From shopping malls to local crafts

In our hotels you will find several shops, and the local flea market once a week. Our customer service teams will explain how to get to:

Shopping centres in the area: where you will find international brands and supermarkets where you can buy different souvenirs such as rum, coffee, or chocolate at a more competitive price. There are also souvenir shops and jewellery stores with a more international atmosphere: air-conditioning, fixed prices, shop assistants who speak foreign languages and accept credit cards.

Nearby local markets: If you prefer to see local handicrafts, interact with Dominican vendors, bargain, look for some simple souvenirs such as pareos, Dominican paintings, key rings, magnets or the classic T-shirts. We are sure the nearby local markets will be great for you. A tip: make sure you bring cash, as credit cards are usually not accepted.

Don’t miss our guide to buy souvenirs in the Dominican Republic!


Nightlife in Punta Cana

The sun, beach and pool are great, but we also suggest you discover the warm and fun Dominican nightlife. In addition to the nightlife in our hotels, we invite you to go out and get to know Bávaro and Punta Cana at night. Near our hotels you will find some popular bars where Dominicans and tourists drink and dance to Latin beats.

If you are in the mood for bars and clubs: be sure to ask for Imagine, a club inside caves. Or the internationally known Cocobongo with its amazing shows.

If you enjoy a quiet night out: you can visit the Corales area, full of restaurants with a fun and lively atmosphere. There you can find live music, nice terraces, varied and international menus. Also, you will be able to interact with the real local life: residents, tourists, Dominicans… they all come together in one place!


Visit Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic and offers many tourist attractions:

Zona Colonial: strolling through this area’s streets is a trip to the past. See the Catedral Primada de América, stroll along the Calle de las Damas or have an aperitif in the Plaza Colón.

Botanical Garden: another spectacular area in the capital. It is full of exotic, Caribbean and native species of plants, flowers and trees. Children will be thrilled to see butterflies all around them and parents can also enjoy the peace of the Japanese garden.

National Park: last but not least, the 3 Eyes National Park. It is a very large cave with a crystal-clear water lake inside, which is divided into 3 lagoons inside the cave and one that can be seen from the outside. It is a protected area so swimming is not allowed, but you can take a boat trip.

What did you like most? Tell us! And if you want to go to the Caribbean in winter, do not miss our best offers and discover the magic of the Caribbean!


Our Winter Offers in the Caribbean:


Grand Bávaro Princess: the renovated and exclusive hotel that awaits you and your family in Playa Bávaro, a tropical environment to live your best holidays!

Princess Family Club Bávaro: only for families. Enjoy rooms with direct access to the pool, swimming pools with water slides and a wide gastronomic offer.

Caribe Deluxe Princess: Newly renovated hotel for couples, groups and friends. A wide gastronomic offer and modern facilities for your holidays in Punta Cana.

Punta Cana Princess: Our Adults Only hotel in Punta Cana. A peaceful setting to relax, enjoy the Caribbean and its cuisine.

Tropical Deluxe Princess: A brand new hotel designed for families! Discover its large rooms, swimming pools with slides and endless activities.


Grand Sunset Princess: designed especially for couples. If you want to enjoy the Riviera Maya in a hotel with extensive facilities, this is your best option.
Grand Riviera Princess: Enjoy a family holiday in our resort in Riviera Maya. You will find a wide gastronomic offer, plenty of swimming pools and a variety of suites to choose from.

Platinum at Grand Riviera & Sunset Princess: it offers an exclusive area with Platinum services and facilities to take your holiday to the next level.

Princess Family Club Riviera: Our Family Club in Riviera Maya offers services for all members of the family! Enjoy the wide gastronomic offer.

Platinum Yucatán Princess: Adults Only in Riviera Maya? Platinum Yucatan Princess is a modern hotel for adults only. Discover the exclusivity of our services, gourmet restaurants and rooms.

What did you like the most? Tell us about it! And if you want to go to the Caribbean in winter, don’t miss our best offers and discover the magic of the Caribbean!

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