Xcaret Parks and Xcaret Hotel Review with 50+ Photos

Xcaret Parks in Cancun, Mexico has revolutionized the concept of an all-inclusive resort. It is the first of its kind to offer guests luxurious hotels and access to all eight unique parks in the area. Families will find all the amenities associated with an all-inclusive resort combined with beautiful views and educational experiences at each of the parks. It is certain to be a memorable vacation for every member of the family.

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In addition to providing all-inclusive amenities, Xcaret parks have created a magical atmosphere that will both entertain and educate guests. While visiting the various parks, guests will be able to learn about local culture as well as native animals and plants in the region. Mexican folk art, archeological sites, and cultural traditions are fused with modern amenities and experiences at every turn, creating a feast for the senses that endears guests to the information they are learning while on vacation.

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Staying at Hotel Xcaret Mexico

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Hotel Xcaret Mexico offers premier luxury as it fuses the culture of the Mayan jungles with that of the Caribbean. Each room is a suite and with more than 900 available in the various buildings that make up the Hotel Xcaret Mexico property, there is sure to be one to meet each family’s individual needs. Suites vary in style from suites with breathtaking ocean views to others with swim-up pools.

An all-inclusive stay at Hotel Xcaret Mexico gives guests access to ten restaurants and eight bars where they can enjoy a variety of cuisines from Mexican to Mediterranean. The restaurants range from a morning brunch cafe to swanky cocktail lounges that do not open until the sun goes down. Whether you are looking for a full-service meal or a quick bite to eat, there is something to please every appetite.

Guests are also invited to relax at the onsight spa and partake in a luxurious massage or facial. The Muluk Spa offers experiences just as unique as the rest of Xcaret. With twenty-one cabins nestled into natural rock and temazcal set deep in the Mayan jungle, your spa experience will be unlike any you have had before. When you need a break from exploring the parks, book a Swedish massage or spend half an hour in a flotarium to clear your senses.

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Part of the all-inclusive experience at Hotel Xcaret Mexico includes transportation throughout your stay. The hotel offers shuttle transportation to and from the airport every 30 minutes. Transportation is also available between the hotel and the Grupo Xcaret parks every 30 minutes.

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Experience Local Culture, Flora, and Fauna at Xcaret Park

Located in the Mayan Jungle, Xcaret Park is a premier and unique water park. The park is surrounded by underground rivers, cenotes, and the Caribbean Sea. With its proximity to the Mayan Jungle and these bodies of water, the park uniquely blends ecology with amusement. While the park is definitely fun, it is also highly educational.

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Xcaret Park allows guests to go on excursions and book activities that will take guests to mystical places such as underground rivers and cenotes that many people never get the opportunity to experience. Children’s World is an area of the park devoted to allowing children to also experience these things. In the Children’s World, kids will be able to wade into shallow cenotes and wading pools designed especially for them.

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If you have a strong interest in learning about the natural flora and fauna of Mexico, Xcaret Park provides the perfect venue to do so. While in the park, guests have the opportunity to visit a Coral Reef Aquarium where they can learn about animals that live among the coral reefs in the area as well as sea turtles. Wander into the Butterfly Garden to view gorgeously colored butterflies and natural plants found in the area. The park also offers the chance for guests to see other animals native to the area including jaguars, flamingos, manatees, spider monkeys, and bats.

Take a walk through the rainforest or visit the onsite aviary to learn about the beautiful birds that populate the area. Guests will be able to see the unique plants that are often only found in tropical rainforests. Bromeliads and orchids are well-known, beautiful flowers that can be found in this part of the world and Xcaret Park pays tribute to these beautiful jewels in their Bromeliad and Orchid Museum. Learn all about these flowers and what it takes to grow them.

One of the most popular attractions that draws people to Xcaret Park is the Xcaret Mexico Espectacular show. This engaging presentation highlights the culture of the area. The audience will witness an impressive demonstration of Papantla Flyers, Mayan dances, and an equestrian show. Not only can you learn about the flora and fauna of the area, Xcaret Park also provides educational experiences for guests to learn about the history and culture of the area.

Make sure to visit the Mayan Village and the “Bridge to Paradise” Mexican Cemetery where you can learn about the pre-Hispanic culture of the area. The cemetery is a traditional cemetery used by ancient Mayans. The burial place is arranged carefully in a spiral that represents the seven days of the week. There are exactly fifty-two steps to symbolize the weeks of the year and the days of the year are represented by 365 tombs. With Mayan and Mexican folk art decorating the cemetery, you will learn even more about the culture in Mexico as you tour the cemetery.

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Water Adventures at Xel-Há Park

Xel-Há Park is known as the park “where water is born.” With a reputation like this, it is easy to guess that this entire park is focused on water activities. From a river that you can explore in a variety of waves, gorgeous coves, and the Caribbean Sea, water lovers will feel right at home during their visit to Xel-Há Park.

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One of the highlights of this park is the Scenic Lighthouse. At 131 feet tall, climbing to the top of the lighthouse provides views of nature unlike anything else. With breathtaking views of the surrounding Mayan Jungle and the Caribbean Sea, it is not something you will likely ever forget. Once you’ve taken in the views, hop on the massive water slides to get back to the bottom of the lighthouse.

Xel-Há Park is also home to premier snorkeling opportunities. Strap on your gear and enjoy an afternoon of snorkeling in a pristine river that empties into a beautiful cove and the Caribbean Sea. The river is surrounded by lush mangroves. You’ll be able to see a wide variety of native animals of both land and sea varieties as you enjoy your snorkeling excursion.

The park is also home to several amazing restaurants where you can sample a variety of international cuisines. An open domestic bar serves Xel-Há’s signature tropical drinks throughout the day as well.

Xel-Há Park is also a great choice for guests looking for an adrenaline rush. Overlooking the river, which you can explore by snorkeling, swimming, or in an inner tube, you will find the Cliff of Courage. The cliff is more than 5 meters tall and overlooks the river. For guests that are brave enough, they can climb the cliff and jump into the river below. Ziplines are also available in Xel-Há Park. Try your hand at activities that require some skills such as rope courses and parallel ropes.

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Trick Your Senses at Xenses Park

Xenses Park is one of the most unique parks in the Grupo Xcaret collection of resort parks. At this park, nothing is as it seems. Head over to this park to open your senses and experience the world in all new ways. There are two activity paths to choose from and each one is full of whimsical scenarios to expand your mind.

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Once in the park, you can choose your path. Choose “A Path of Feeling, A Matter of Logic” to abandon your sense of sight for the day and rely fully on your other senses. “The Path of Doing, Loose Perception” will put all your senses to the test.

  • Along the different paths, you will experience a town that has been engineered to test your balance and make you question what is real.
  • On your way there, zoom down a waterslide into a cave pool.
  • Complete ecosystems are set up that guests are invited to explore in the dark.
  • A lazy mud river made entirely from clay provides a tantalizing experience for your senses as well.
  • Zipline through the air like a tropical bird to top your afternoon off.

This particular park is an excellent choice for families with children as they will be able to learn more about how their senses work and how to trust their own senses more. Kids and adults will have fun going through each of the scenarios and exploring the world with their senses and new perspectives.

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Something For Everyone at Xcaret Parks

Regardless of which park you visit, your stay at Xcaret Hotel will be one filled with learning opportunities, adrenaline rushes, and new skills. Xcaret Parks and Resort is an excellent choice for all families to get away this summer.  With plenty of activities and lots of learning opportunities, Xcaret Parks will easily become one of your most memorable vacations. For your planning convenience, Xcaret Parks map can be found at Riviera Maya website.

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Everything you wanted to know about Xcaret Parks and Xcaret Hotel in Cancun, Mexico

How many parks does Xcaret have?

Xcaret has eight unique parks you can visit during your stay. Each park has its own personality and theme to meet the needs of guests of all ages and adventure levels.

What are the 8 Xcaret parks?

The eight Xcaret parks are Xcaret, Xel-Há, Xplor, Xplor Fuego, Xavage, Xenses, Xoximilco, and Tour Xenotes

Where are the Xcaret parks located?

The Xcaret Parks are located in Playa del Carmen about 45 minutes outside of Cancun, Mexico and 35 minutes north of Tulum.

Is Xcaret in Cancun?

Xcaret Parks are located approximately 45 minutes south of Cancun at Playa del Carmen.

How far is Xcaret from Cancun?

The Xcaret Parks are located 45 minutes from the Cancun airport. Total travel time from Cancun to the Xcaret Park is approximately one hour.

What is Xcaret known for?

Xcaret Parks has become the premier water park in the Cancun and Riviera Maya region known for its over fifty natural and cultural attractions. Snorkeling, underground rivers, beach access, a beautiful lagoon, and natural pools of seawater make Xcaret one of the most unique water parks by incorporating natural water features.

When is Xcaret open?

Xcaret is open daily from 8:30 am to 10:30 pm. You can purchase a night admission at a lower rate to visit between the hours of 4:00 pm and 10:30 pm.

How much do Xcaret tickets cost in 2022?

For children and adults twelve years and older, a daily ticket to the Xcaret Parks is $110 while child’s daily ticket rate is $55. Children that are four years old and under can enter the park for free. You can add a culinary experience on to your ticket for a daily rate of $150 for adults and children over the age of 12 and $75 for children between five and eleven years old. If you want the full Xcaret experience, the Xcaret Total Admission ticket includes your entrance to the parks, the culinary experience, as well as an extra experience of your choosing for $192 for adults and $123 for children.

Is Xcaret good for families?

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Xcaret Parks are an excellent choice for families. This unique resort is designed with activities for family members of all ages. From beautiful shows full of Mexican history, fun adventures like diving and ziplining, and relaxing days at the spa, there is something for every member of the family. Children’s World provides a special place for the smallest children to spend time in the water and wading pools designed especially for them.

Is Xcaret worth it?

Our family visited Xcaret on a 4-day adventure with our 8 year-old inquisitive daughter and it was by far the best time we have had in Mexico. We travel to Riviera Maya, Mexico at least once a year, staying at different all-inclusive resorts and this was our first time visiting both Xcaret parks and Xcaret Hotel. While, in my opinion, both Xcaret parks and Hotel Xcaret are an incredible experience, worth the cost and the time spent, if you are trying to decide between the two, I would highly recommend the parks. Think Disney but focused on the incredible nature of Mexico with tons of water activities that would normally take you a lot of time to plan and execute, all in the same location.

Why is Xcaret so expensive?

Xcaret admission tickets, while expensive, are a great deal for all the activities and equipment included with each ticket. Xcaret works hard to provide entertaining activities that will create lasting memories while also remaining environmentally sustainable.

Is Xcaret man made?

While many of the facilities at Xcaret are man-made many of the water features are naturally occurring. The underground rivers, cenote pools, and tide pools are all part of what makes this area of Mexico special and Xcaret Parks incorporate those natural elements into the design of their parks. Xcaret is known for its over fifty natural and cultural attractions.

Is Xcaret safe?

Absolutely. There are massive misconceptions about Mexico safety. Xcaret parks are no less safe than parks located in the United States. However, like anywhere, you should exercise common sense and some degree of caution.

Are Xcaret rivers man-made?

The rivers in Xcaret are not man-made but rather are part of an extensive network of underground rivers that connect throughout the area. It is a great way to see and appreciate the unique features of the area.

How much are Xcaret tickets?

For children and adults twelve years and older, a daily ticket to the Xcaret Parks is $110 while a child’s daily ticket rate is $55. Children that are four years old and under can enter the park for free. You can add a culinary experience to your ticket for a daily rate of $150 for adults and children over the age of 12 and $75 for children between five and eleven years old. If you want the full Xcaret experience, the Xcaret Total Admission ticket includes your entrance to the parks, the culinary experience, as well as an extra experience of your choosing for $192 for adults and $123 for children.

How to pronounce Xcaret?

It’s a Mayan word, so it’s pronounced as Shkaret.

How does Xcaret work?

Xcaret works in a variety of different ways. You can choose to buy daily admission tickets to the parks that you would like to visit or you can build your own custom package with tickets for up to four of the parks. The best option is to stay at Hotel Xcaret, Hotel Xcaret Arte, or La Casa de la Playa which provides you with an all-inclusive package allowing you unlimited access to all eight of the parks.

What’s included in Xcaret admission?

The basic Xcaret admission includes your entrance to the parks, tours in three underground rivers, access to the beach and natural pools, visits to places such as the Butterfly Pavilion and Coral Reef Aquarium, and equipment for the activities such as lounge chairs, lifejackets, and inner tubes. The Xcaret Plus ticket includes everything that the basic Xcaret ticket includes but also gives you access to the Plus Area Facilities and one lunch buffet with a beer and unlimited fountain drinks. The Xcaret Total Admission ticket includes everything that the Xcaret Plus ticket offers plus allows you to add an additional adventure activity. These adventure activities include Adrenalina, which consists of a high-speed boat ride through the Caribbean, and Sharks, a Hands-on Adventure, where you will be able to swim with nurse sharks. If you choose to book an all-inclusive package at one of the Xcaret Hotels, you will have unlimited access to all of the parks.

What to bring to Xcaret?

For your trip to Xcaret Parks make sure to bring comfortable shoes as well as sandals for the swimming and beach areas. You will definitely want to have a swimsuit and coral reef-safe sunscreen on hand as well. Extra cash for treats and shopping is a great idea as well. Try bringing a change of clothing in case you would like to change after your water adventures. Secure lockers are available to store your personal items.

What to wear to Xcaret

For your trip to Xcaret, make sure to bring wear your swimsuit and comfy walking shoes. You might also want to have sandals with you as well. A dry change of clothes that are appropriate for warm weather such as a t-shirt or tank top and a pair of shorts would be a great choice.

What to do in Xcaret?

There are a ton of options for activities at the Xcaret parks. Explore underground rivers and cenotes to appreciate the natural beauty of the area. Learn about regional flora and fauna by visiting the Coral Reef Aquarium, Butterfly Sanctuary, the Aviary, and the Rainforest Trail. Experience a bit of the local Mexican culture by taking in the Xcaret Mexico Espectacular or Papantla Flyers ceremony. If you are looking for something more adventurous try ziplining, snorkeling, or going down some of the large water slides available at the Xcaret parks. Ropes courses and hanging bridges will give you the chance to get even more movement and activity into your day.

Which Xcaret park is the best?

It really depends on who is visiting, as everyone will have a different Xcaret park as their favorite. If you love nature, Xel-Ha is for you. For adventure, choose Xplor or Xavage. If you love both Mexican and Mayan history and nature, Xcaret will give you a mix of both. If you have small children with you, you will love Xcaret and Children’s world.

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