Xcaret, Playa del Carmen

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Must see · Theme Park · Water / Amusement Park
Take a short drive out of Cancun to Xcaret, where ecologically oriented activities cater to visitors of all ages. The theme park gets its name from a nearby settlement once inhabited by the pre-Columbian Maya, and some of the original village's structures remain. The park's 81 hectare (20 acre) grounds also contain a coral reef aquarium, bird and butterfly pavilions, bat cave, deer shelter, and a greenhouse designed to protect and display delicate orchids and bromeliads. Aiming to entertain both adults and children, the park's nature-based activities include snorkeling with sea turtles and swimming with dolphins. Check the official website for ticket discounts and a complete listing of special performances and family-friendly activities. To visit Xcaret and other attractions in Playa del Carmen, use our Playa del Carmen online tour planner.
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  • I'm sure the park is fine - I'm leaving this as a warning for anyone thinking about buying passes for family - DON'T Part of the entry requirements is a photocopy of both sides of the credit card...  more »
  • Had a wonderful and full day at Xcaret. The park is beautiful with lots of really interesting things to see. It's well laid out and there are plenty of maps about so it's easy to find your way around....  more »
  • I loved Xcaret. There are literally things to do for everyone. The food quality is phenomenal. You can enjoy yourself there even if you don't do any of the activities. They have a small zoo and some private beaches you can chill at as well. The service of the workers is top notch. You can tell they focus on providing a great experience for the guests. Don't miss out on the night show because it is 40% of the overall experience. 5/5 stars
  • This place is not for the faint of heart. What I mean by that is that you will need to be hydrated and ready to walk, A LOT! There is so much to do and honestly may take two days to actually enjoy it all. The top moment for me was the river that you float along for about an hour and a half. Depending on how fast you swim, but I recommend just floating along. Lot of animals and sightseeing and a good buffet.

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