Xcaret (pronounced ish-ka-ret) is perhaps
the top attraction in all of Cancun. With seemingly endless attractions,
you'll need at least a full day in Xcaret to see the park. Xcaret
is an Ecological and Archaeological Park located south of Cancun in
the Riviera Maya that contains small Mayan Ruins as well as a wide variety
of flora and fauna, including Jaguars, Dolphins, and more.
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The biggest attraction at Xcaret is the
Dolphins activity. You get to interact with the dolphins in the
pool - they'll let you pet their bellies, give you kisses, and footpush
you across the pool like Superman depending on the activity you
choose. It's truly the experience of
a lifetime. It sells out well in advance, so make sure to book
before you leave. Xcaret also offers dozens of outstanding free
attractions to see including:
We recommend taking a tour down to Xcaret - it is
by far the easiest method to see the park. Make sure to reserve
the Dolphin Swim well in advance - it can sell out very early - you
will likely be disappointed if you wait until you get to the park.
We recommend to plan your activities and your schedule ahead of time
so you can maximize your time in the park - there is a lot to see and
We recommend the Private Tour because it takes
you directly there and back, on your schedule, giving you the most
time at the park, and saves you a couple hours of transportation
time by not having to pick anyone else up at their hotels. Of
course, it costs more for small groups, so it's a trade-off.
For the public options, if you want a buffet lunch then Xcaret Plus
is definitely the way to go. The buffets at Xcaret are
expensive - around $30.00 per person. However, there are ala
carte restaurants where you can order things like hamburgers for
less money. If you prefer this type of meal, then the regular
Xcaret tour may be the best value for you.
You'll want to stay for the free Night show - it's
quite good. Skip the Scuba Diving and do it in Cozumel instead.
The crowds are smallest on Saturday and Sunday, as they are travel days
for many people. Xcaret is a great place - the kids will love
it too. If you have kids and you're not sure which to do - Xcaret
or Xel-Ha, pick Xcaret - you won't be sorry.
HOW TO GET TO XCARET:
The vast majority of visitors to Xcaret do so on
a tour. This is the best way to get there, as the tour will include
hotel pickup and drop-off. The night show is always included for
free. A private tour will get you a couple of extra hours at the
park while a public tour can cost a little bit less, especially if you
are only a couple of people. This is usually the most cost-effective
way because the entry fee to Xcaret alone is $75 so if you can get picked
up and dropped off at your hotel and not have to drive for only $14
extra - that's a good deal in our book.
If you are an independent traveler and cringe at
the idea of a tour, even a private one, you can get to Xcaret by rental
car, by bus, by taxi, or by collectivo. The collectivo or bus
will let you off along the highway where the "Flintstones" shuttle bus
will pick you up every 10 minutes and take you to the park. A
taxi from Cancun will cost you between $80 and $100 one-way. After
7:00pm, there are no more collectivos and you'll have to take a taxi
so beware. A taxi from Playa Del Carmen is about $15 each way.
Public buses are about $3.00 from Cancun and Playa Del Carmen.
IMPORTANT MONEY SAVING TIP FOR THOSE NOT TAKING
Xcaret will not allow you to bring your regular sunblock into the
park, as part of the ongoing effort to protect the environment.
It will be confiscated at the gate unless it is biodegradable. See