The best plans for your winter holiday in the Caribbean

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Winter, that season of cold weather, less sunshine and when we wake up every morning afraid to step outside… Leave your fear aside and come on holiday to the Caribbean!

Pleasant weather, tropical beaches, cocktails and zero worries. What more could you ask for?

Start planning that holiday to Punta Cana or Riviera Maya now! Below we explain some of the best activities on offer in each area.

And, for your peace of mind, Princess Hotels has a Protect Yourself programme, which aims to ensure the health and safety of both our employees and our guests.

To achieve these objectives, our hotels strictly follow all measures and protocols indicated by the official authorities. If you need more information, you can find it here.


The best plans for your winter holiday 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 some of the best activities we recommend:


1. Explore Samaná and go humpback whale watching

Humpback Whales Dominican Republic

Did you know that humpback whales come to Samaná Bay to breed and have their calves in January?

Humpback whale pregnancy lasts a year, so both stages coincide in the same place. Among other reasons, they come to the bay because the water is warmer and shallower and so it provides a more favourable environment for the calves in this early stage of their life.

The sight of mothers playing and jumping with their babies is definitely a natural spectacle not to be missed! During the excursion you will also discover other areas and landscapes of the island, particularly the northeast, which is characterised by beautiful mountains that descend to the sea.


2. Enjoy the unspoilt Macao beach

Macao Beach Dominican Republic

Macao beach is about 20 minutes’ drive from our Princess Punta Cana hotels.

It is a semi-virgin beach characterised by kilometres of golden sand, a quiet area that is like a natural swimming pool and a rougher area that is perfect for surfers.

Locals have set up small wooden bars along the beach where they cook the fish and shrimps brought by the fishermen, all prepared in the local style, either fried, with coconut sauce, tomato-based sauce… and accompanied with a cold local beer, Presidente, delicious fried plantain and rice and black beans.

We recommend you take your camera because the boats on the shore, the waves, the colours of the sunset, and the beach surrounded by palm trees, are a spectacle worth framing.

3. From shopping centres to local crafts

Tiendas Punta Cana

At Princess Hotels Punta Cana, you have access to shops and local markets held once a week. Our customer service teams will explain how to reach each area:

  • Shopping centres in the area: You will find international brand shops at the large shopping centres. You will also find supermarkets where you can buy souvenirs such as rum, coffee and chocolate at a more competitive price. There is a more international feel to the souvenir shops and jewellery stores, they are air conditioned, speak different languages, accept credit cards and have fixed prices.
  • Nearby local markets: If you prefer to see local handicrafts, interact with Dominican vendors, bargain, look for simple souvenirs such as sarongs, Dominican paintings, key chains, magnets or the classic t-shirts, the nearby local markets are the place for you. A word of advice: they don’t usually accept credit cards, so it’s best to bring cash.

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


4. Experience the nightlife in Punta Cana

Punta Cana Nightlife

Sun, beach and pool are great, but we also suggest that you discover the friendly and fun Dominican nightlife.
In addition to the nightly entertainment in our hotels, we invite you to go out and get to know Bávaro and Punta Cana by night. Close to our hotels you will find bars where both Dominicans and tourists drink and dance to Latin rhythms.

If you’re in the mood for a nightclub: Ask for Imagine, a club inside a cave, or the internationally renowned Cocobongo with its amazing shows.

If you fancy a quieter night out: Visit the Corales area, which is full of restaurants and has a fun and lively atmosphere. Sometimes there is live music and many restaurants have pleasant terraces, as well as varied and international menus. You will be able to interact with real local life as residents, tourists, Dominicans all come together in one place!

Find out more about the best nightlife in Punta Cana.

5. Visit Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo Dominican Republic

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

  • Zona Colonial: Strolling through these streets is a journey into the past. See the Primada de América Cathedral, walk along the Calle de las Damas or have a drink in Plaza Colón.
  • Botanical Garden: You can also visit other beautiful areas of the capital such as the spectacular Botanical Garden. It is full of exotic, Caribbean and indigenous species of plants, flowers and trees. Children will be thrilled when they see the butterflies flying around them and parents can enjoy the peace of the Japanese garden, among other areas.
  • National Park: Of course, there is also the Tres Ojos National Park. It is a very large cave with a crystal clear lake. Inside, the cave is divided into 3 lagoons, one of which can be seen from the outside. It is a protected area and you can’t go swimming, but you can go boating.


The best plans for your winter holiday in Riviera Maya

With the perfect climate for people who don’t like extreme heat, the Yucatán Peninsula will make you feel at home. Winter is also a great season for sightseeing at the many local and regional attractions.

Today, we want to recommend the best things to do during the winter in Riviera Maya.

1. Day trip to explore Valladolid and Chichén Itzá

Chichen Itza Riviera Maya

If the sun is not particularly strong, you can take the opportunity to schedule a full day trip to the colonial city of Valladolid and the Mayan ruins of the ancient city of Chichén Itzá.

  • Chichen Itza: One of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico. It is considered one of the 7 wonders of the modern world and it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.
  • Valladolid: Approximately one hour from Chichén Itzá is the colonial city of Valladolid. Considered a “Magic Town”, Valladolid offers tourists a magical experience, due to its natural beauty, cultural richness, delicious cuisine and great hospitality. Things not to be missed include:
    • The magical Cenote Zaci
    • The Church of St Servatius
    • Enjoy the local gastronomy: don’t hesitate to try the famous ‘cochinita pibil’, meat marinated in achiote, and ‘relleno negro’, turkey cooked in charred chilli paste with vegetables and hard-boiled eggs.


2. Experience the Day of the Dead in all its splendour

Day of the Dead Riviera Maya

If you visit Riviera Maya during the month of November, you’re in luck! The Day of the Dead is celebrated on the first two days of the month in Mexico.

This holiday involves family and friends coming together to pray for and remember friends and relatives who have died, helping them on their spiritual journey. For Mexicans, death is seen as a natural part of the human life cycle.

At Playa del Carmen, you will see lots of ‘catrinas’ (men and women with elegant skull face paintings) during the annual parades. Make sure you don’t miss:

  • The many symbolic altars with different offerings for the dead.
  • Special gastronomic delights created especially for this event.

We’re sure this will be a party you will never forget! Find out more about the Day of the Dead here.


3. Discover Xavage, the new park by Xcaret

Xavage Xcaret Riviera

From the creators of Xcaret, Xplor and Xel-Há comes a new adventure park to increase the number of entertainment options in this region. Xavage is a thrill park where you will have an amazing time!

Jet boats, monster trucks, high ropes and kayaking are just some of the features of this park located on the way to Cancun.

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


4. Experience one of our spa rituals

Spa Maya

There are days when you prefer to stay in the hotel, and that’s the perfect time to pamper yourself. We recommend you experience one of our exclusive Princess Riviera Maya Spa rituals, which will provide you with ultimate relaxation at Grand Sunset Princess:

  • Amankaya – Iris flower: Reduce stress and tension with smooth glass cups that oxygenate and create space between the back muscles, immediately releasing feelings of heaviness and chronic tension.
  • Lol-Tún – Stone flower: Experience a mystical treatment to restore the energy balance in the body through the wonderful effect of quartz.

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Our Winter Offers in the Caribbean:

Winter Offer

Don’t think twice and escape the cold by travelling to one of the most cherished destinations in the world: the Caribbean. Choose your destination, Riviera Maya or Punta Cana, and experience an adventure you will never forget.

Take advantage of our Winter 2022 offer! Also, when you make your booking, make sure you join MyPrincess, our loyalty programme, and get up to 10% extra discount and exclusive benefits.

Still have questions? Let us know or tell us about your experience, we look forward to hearing from you!

Categories: Caribbean, Tips, Be inspired, Mexico, Punta Cana, Riviera Maya

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