Xel-Há Park is one of the 7 parks and two tours that Hotel Xcaret Mexico offers. You can also visit these parks without being a guest at the hotel, however staying at the hotel gets you unlimited complimentary access during your vacation. We stayed on property with Hotel Xcaret Mexico so we reserved our park day in advance and took the shuttle bus from the hotel to the park. The shuttle is the same type of bus they utilize for their airport transfers. They are extremely clean, plush and comfy with nice cool air-conditioning. They play videos on the bus showcasing the park your headed to for the day and a local guide explains what to expect when you arrive and additional activities you can book through his microphone on the bus. The guide even gets off the shuttle with you bringing you to the front of the park and explains how the return shuttle works on the way back. They answer each and every question which is a great help for those who are unsure of what to expect. It is also great for those who typically feel nervous to leave the hotel property.
There are many things you can take advantage of with your admission into the park. Unlimited snorkeling, all the food and beverage you wish to consume (even all of your alcohol is included), river tubing, cliff jumping, ziplining into the river, ropes course on river and in jungle and a bit more. So you can safely enjoy the day going through the park at your own pace without purchasing extra activities, but it should be noted, they drop you off in the morning and do not pick you up until about 5:30 pm. If you are not the type to relax all day long you will most likely want to add some extra excursions to your day. They also have complimentary lockers for you to leave your things in as well as showers which is great after a long day in the salt water!
We started the day on the river tubing. This starts at the opposite end of the park from where you will enter so they make it very easy for you to get to where you need to be. You can either walk, bicycle, or take a tram to the start of the river. We took the tram because we were on a time crunch with some of the additional activities we booked. This is a very lazy river and can take you up to an hour to get through. During your time floating you will pass by others cliff diving, rope climbing in the water, and zip lining right into the river. They also have exits every so often so if you want to get out at anytime you can.
When we finished river tubing we headed to our first activity which was Adrenalina, a speed boat that goes out into the ocean and reaches almost 60 miles an hour top speed. We have done a similar excursion in the Bahamas and thought we knew exactly what to expect but this one is definitely different! Not only does this boat whip around in full speed 360s, it also stops short and goes into what they call an "immersion" when half the boat goes pretty much under the water and the waves smash you in the face. It is a lot of fun but not for the faint of heart.
After our adventurous boat ride we showered off the salt water and headed to grab some lunch. Did I mention they have 4 restaurants and 4 bars and all of your food and drink is included? You can have your breakfast, lunch and dinner here at Xel Ha with a few Margaritas or Pina coladas! Then you could head over to the hammock station and take a nap.
A little later on in the day we scheduled a 25 minute deep tissue massage. While it is way less expensive here for the massage than it is at the hotel, the hotel would be a much better experience. The massage itself was not bad but since the spa is outside near a busy area of the park you can hear people yelling and playing so it may not be as relaxing as you would hope it to be. But hey, a massage outside in the beauty of Mexico can never really be that bad can it?
I also want to point out that they make it impossible to get lost at the park. They have signage all over the grounds that is easy to spot. All in all we had a fantastic time with very little to complain about. The only downside we felt was that when you get to the park you are there until the shuttle comes back at 5:30 pm, so if you wanted to leave early you are going to have to take a taxi. Below you can enjoy some additional photos from our day as well as a video tour of the full property.
We had a lovely day here and would totally recommend you visit here for some beautiful scenery and relaxing activities. We are looking forward to heading back ourselves. To book your next excursion to Xel-Há Park visit us at Info@StarstuffTravel.com or by clicking here!