Xel-Ha is a large eco-park located south of Playa del Carmen on the mainland and just across the southern tip of Cozumel. The ... More
Xel-Ha is a large eco-park located south of Playa del Carmen on the mainland and just across the southern tip of Cozumel. The name means “where the waters are born” as reference to the natural coves and inlets that have created the perfect environment for marine life. Snorkeling is the main attraction here. The park also has plenty of souvenir shops, restaurants, and bars. Snorkel equipment, lifejackets, bicycles, and inner tubes are free to use. Morning is the best time to arrive since the place fills up quickly. Turismo Aviomar and Intermar Caribe both offer regular tours. Admission to the park is about $68 and includes food. Extra activities are available for an additional cost, such as swimming with dolphins or the popular underwater Sea Trek and Snuba.
My first Dolphin encounter - and it was wonderful. Great animals. The park was lovely. Just didn't enjoy the "tubing the river" - wind was blowing backwards, took more strength than I had to move forward. Two hours later, I was exhausted. Loved everything else. I'd do the Dolphin swim again in a minute.
Wonderfully located on the Carribean, about 45 minutes south of Playa. No need to drive. Take a tour bus for $9.00 USD round trip!!!
Get there early to enjoy the entire day. Great options for food and drink. The lazy river is a wonderful experience, hike, snorkel our just relax in this tranquil environment.
You won't be alone, this popular attraction has much to offer for folks of ALL ages.
Dolphin experience is extra. For $60 for the entire day you can't go wrong. MUCH better than X-Caret, in my opinion.
IT WAS JUST BEAUTIFUL THE BRIGHT COLORS OF THE FISH WITH FRESH AND SALT WATER WAS AWESOME. WALKING ON THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN WAS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE. THE FOOD WAS GREAT EXCEPT FOR THE BONES IN THE RABBIT STEW. WELL WORTH THE COST TO PARTICIPATE AND TO DO IT MORE THAN ONCE.
GREAT TIME !!!!
Xel-ha has it all! We went all-inclusive, it was worth it, especially since you'll be in a swimsuit most of the day, and you won't need your wallet. Bring an underwater camera, and bring biodegradeable sunblock. Ordinary sunblock is not allowed. There is a huge lagoon to swim & snorkel in, and there are many wonderful tropical fish to see, we saw a barricuda between 3-4 feet long, very exciting! As others mentioned, the lazy river, with challenging activities along the way, like the rope bridge (a la reality tv show Survivor) & cliff jumping. Food was good, and you will be hungry with all the activity. Ice cream was fantastic for some reason, make sure you try it. You are also provided with a locker. One thing to note, once you turn your snorkel gear in, you may not get it again, so keep it in your locker if you plan on snorkeling later. There is also snuba, a beautiful beach, swimming with dolphins, all kinds of stuff. In fact we probably missed half of the park because there is just sooo much to do. Go, you will have the BEST time!! I wish I was going too.
Xel-Ha was awesome. Especially for first time snorklers. The dolphin swim was a bit expensive, but 59$US was completely worth the "all inclusiveness." Swimming all day, lazy river, snorkling, hiking, exotic fish, food, drinks, ice cream, biking, hammock island and everything. Definatley worth the trip again.!
Xel-Ha is a beatiful place with tons of stuff to do. We could have easily spent 2 days there. Make sure you get the all inclusive, it's well worth the money. Food, drinks (including alcohol) and ice cream is all included. We spent most of our time snorkeling. I wish we would have spent more time doing the adventure stuff across the floating bridge. They have cliffs you can climb and jump off of, ropes to swing on. Rope bridges to cross etc.
If you only plan to do 1 excursion while in Cancun or Cozumel...make it Xel-Ha.
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