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xcaret or xel-hal?

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xcaret or xel-hal?

which one is best?

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i went to xel-ha about 4 years ago on a tour that combined with tulum. we loves xel-ha very much and thought that half a day was not enough. we just got back last week and went to xel-ha on our last day there. we still loved it very much and thought next year we would go for 2 days. we also went to xcaret this and were very disapointed. the only thing we really liked were the mayan show at night that for the first half had the mayan ball game and we liked floating in our tubes at the beach by the dolphins. we watched the dolphins from underwater with our snorkel gear. if you have small kids and they like zoos maybe its a good choice but there are not many fish if you like to snorkel and there is a little too much to do to really feel relaxed. they didnt have all inclusive but they had lunch and dinner packages but those seemed expensive compared to the xel-ha all inclusive where you can eat and drink food burgers icecream alcoholic beverages and water for i think like a $20 price differnace. get there early for breakfast buffet its not great but you can get thru the gates early and get your snorkel and locker before the crowd gets heavy please please please use the biodegradable sunsreen you can buy it there or turn your own sunscreen they will hold it for you and give you a few sample packets to use while your there then pick your sunscreen up when you leave. they give you a number for identification purposes.

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Went to XCaret last week. It wasn't worth the money. Every additional thing you wanted to do costs above the price of the the $50.00 ticket.

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In terms of water activities like snorkeling, Xel-Ha is much better. If you're looking for more of a variety of activities, then I'd choose Xcaret. We went to both and enjoyed them equally, they are different from each other.

Xcaret offers both water activities (underground river, beach area), animal exhibits ( butterfly pavilion, huge sea turtles) and the great Mayan cultural show at night. Xcaret is very close to PDC, about $8 taxi ride.

Xel-Ha has great snorkeling, lazy river, cliffs to jump from etc. It's farther from PDC and it's best to take the bus or collectivo.

You can book tickets online to get a discount too. I'd check out the websites to get a better idea and also people's reviews to see what would work best for you.

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Ama said it well - they are different. We went to both last week and enjoyed both of them.

Xel-Ha provided us with some great snorkeling which we had never done - midway across the floting bridge about 20 feet inland is apile of rocks under water - great place to check out. Also the tube down the river was fun (however the end of it was a bit of work trying to get to the shore). Jumping off the cliffs made it all worth it though. Also as we were about to leave at the end of the day, we decided to take the trail across the floating bridge and around the park through the cenotes. That really made the whole trip 10x better. We had the whole back side of the park to ourselves and just explored it. We saw wildlife and it was fantastic. We ended up being one of the last to leave the park. We did the all inclusive and spent the whole day there - I think that is definitely the way to do it.

Xcaret was much different however unigue in it's own right. The only snorkeling we did was doen the underground river - not many fish at all - other than the fact of how cool it is to be in an underground river, it was pretty uneventful and a good workout (we did not have fins). We loved the aquarium there which has living coral reef environments which are amazing. Seeing all of the sea turtles (from baby's to huge adults) was incredible fun as well. The mayan village was great and seeing the night show was great - you get to see how the Mayans played their ball game of which we had seen the ball courts early in the week. The all-inclusive at Xcaret is no good since it only gives you food at 1 restaurant and does not include rentals.

So depending on what you are looking for, either one is great. I recommend both if you have the time and money.

Ontario, CANADA
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Hello,

Quick question - which site would be better for young (ie: 3 & 5 years) children? Xcaret or Xel-Ha?

R & T

ama
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6. Re: xcaret or xel-hal?

figmo,

If you have young children then Xcaret is probably better UNLESS you kids are good swimmers etc. They probably won't get as much out of Xel-Ha since the main activity is snorkeling.

Xcaret has lots of animal exhibits (don't miss the butterfly pavilion, aviary, sea turtles) as well as water activites (beach, lagoon area, and underground river). The Mayan show is also very good at night time.

Your kids might enjoy Crococun as well. Have fun!

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Is it possible to get to Xcaret via the collectivos? We are staying at the Palladium.

Thanks!

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8. Re: xcaret or xel-hal?

Was at Xel-ha last week and we paid $50 a piece on line the week before we went. That was the all inclusive price. The food was great! It was a wonderful time. I did see young children and would agree they would have a good time if they like to swim. You can watch the dolphin's which were phenominal. We took a collectivo from the Copacabana Beach resort which was about 15 minutes away. We did take a taxi back as it was getting dark and just felt more comfortable doing that. I highly recommend going here. We would have loved to go back for a second day. It never felt crowded, nice sites. We got there right when it openned and went right to the floating bridge to snorkel.