Popular vacation hotspots along the Mexican Caribbean coast in Cancun, throughout the Riviera Maya and all the way south to Mahahual are preparing for the annual influx of travelers that happens every year during the Easter holiday season and Holy Week in Mexico.
“Semana Santa (Holy Week) or Easter, is one of the busiest vacation periods for the coastal region, beginning April 14th”, wrote the Riviera Maya News.
Last year, Airbnb named the Riviera Maya one of its top vacation destinations during Easter and Spring Break, and if early indications are correct, 2019 is poised to be just as busy as previous years for the white-sand Yucatan Peninsula beaches of this popular tropical playground.
Holy Week and Easter Holidays in Mexico’s Riviera Maya
As Easter approaches in Cancun, the Riviera Maya and south along Mexico’s Caribbean coast, beach towns from Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen to Puerto Aventuras and Tulum are preparing to host at least 1.2 million national and international travelers over the coming holidays, marking a 2.6 percent rise over last year’s numbers. Officials are also anticipating between 25-26,000 ferry travelers every day on the Cozumel to Playa del Carmen and Isla Mujeres to Cancun ferry terminals during the holidays.
According to Héctor Tamayo Sánchez, who serves as the Director of Tourism for Puerto Morelos, the beaches are clean and in excellent condition. Sánchez also said the hotels in the area expect an average occupancy rate of 90-95 percent during the coming Easter holiday period, reaching 100 percent during Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Holy Week.
In addition, the restaurant and retail sectors estimate that between 10,000 and 12,000 visitors will be staying in Puerto Morelos alone, with thousands more coming to visit from other parts of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, for an average of at least 17,000 people daily. Finally, between Sunday April 14th to Sunday the 21st (Holy Week), an economic bounty of approximately $80 million dollars is forecast for Puerto Morelos alone, with similar outcomes projected for the entire region.
As one of the country’s most important annual holidays, Easter in Mexico is a blend of Christian and indigenous traditions, with various regional celebrations held in towns nationwide. In every corner of the Riviera Maya and Mexico, Holy Week brings impressive reenactments of the last weeks of Christ’s life before his crucifixion on Good Friday and resurrection on Easter Sunday, with many participants preparing for their roles for many months before the event.
This is a great time to soak up the Mexican culture, so if you find yourself in the Riviera Maya or anywhere else in Mexico during this lively time of year, be sure to look for local Easter events where you can celebrate the holiday and enjoy the longstanding traditional rituals of each region.
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