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“A perfectly full day.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Xel-Ha

Xel-Ha
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$89.00*
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Xel-Ha Park All-Inclusive Admission Ticket
Ranked #6 of 212 things to do in Riviera Maya
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Xel-Ha Natural wonder awaits you! Xel-Ha is simply unique! Xel-Ha is one of the world's most beautiful, natural aquariums. And it's all inclusive too!!! Swim and snorkel surrounded by rainbow colored fish who have made the river and inlet their home, take long walks in the middle of the jungle, ride a bike, take the train or just relax while enjoying the lazy river! All these activities are included too!
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Port Hardy, Canada
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“A perfectly full day.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2014

I can see this activity appealing to all different groups. We chose not to do the morning in Tulum, and enjoyed the full day in the park. It was very quiet when we first arrived; the weather that day was okay. It didn't rain, but clouded over and cooled off in the afternoon. We walked up the path first on our way to the start of the river. Took maybe 15 minutes, if that. Did the bike ride later, which took 5 or less. We saw no reason to take the shuttle. The restaurants were pretty good. We left our resort late enough that we had breakfast before we left; the one breakfast place looked pretty busy. The swimming was awesome! Just keeping our heads down and looking around we got to swim around with a big ol' sting ray by ourselves for awhile. The lighthouse area is not at all as it's depicted on maps: there are no trees, chairs or hammocks out there. The walking trails on the maps are all delightful, and there are tons of iguanas and coatis around the park to see. Hanging out in a hammock in the afternoon is a great way to relax if you've had a big morning, and the dolphin tanks are viewable from the paths in several places so it's fun to watch them play. Lots of souvenir shops, but they all seem to carry the same kinds of thing. Very quiet bus ride back to the resort; seems like everyone enjoyed their day to the fullest.

Visited January 2014
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“Fun, just a lot of fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2014

OK its a bit theme park like, but we had such a good time. Lots of places to snorkel and see fish weather in the many bays of this natural ocean inlet or the cool clear cenotes. The bike path was fun be it whizzing between the trees left naturally on the path or dodging the many iguanas that sun them selves on the trail, we even saw a Coati ambling down the path. The all inclusive restaurant's all have good food for what ever your taste, North American sliders and rollers if that's your fancy or Mexican its all there. The change rooms are clean and security of the lockers provided for storing your personals are all well made and readily available. Snorkel gear an life vests at every water entry point ease the transition from land to water. If you don't have kids to take that's OK as you can be a big kid all you want and no one is going to laugh at you since everyone else is doing it to. Fun, lots of fun.

Visited January 2014
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Escazu, Costa Rica
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“What can we do with all this beauty?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2014

I feel like I’m reviewing Disneyland. A large, global, sometimes crowded theme park. A corporately designed attraction that regularly gets the ire of travel purists like those at Lonely Planet. But on the other side, I’m reviewing a place that has become such a keynote that no person that calls himself a serious traveler should avoid.

What have we here?: an inlet that’s so ravaging and aggressive in its colors and sounds that you sometimes feel like wondering: ‘What can we do with all this beauty?’ You can . You can go biking or walking to the start of the river and from there snorkel all the way down. There is some cliff diving to do, some zip-lining and lots of tubes for when you get tired of all the swimming (and you do get tired). We did see lots of fishes, and even a ray.

Now, on the price: I would consider it expensive if the place wasn’t an all inclusive (yes, that means buffets from sunrise to sunset and all the cocktails you can get). It does not get to an MGM or Grand Mayan level, of course, but it’s not as cheap as an ‘all you can eat for $10’.

It’s a must, but maybe not very appealing to children as it would tire them from the very start (the passport game is an alternative that will keep them engaged). All other things in, time will fly when you’re here.

Visited February 2014
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doncaster
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“Amazing!!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2014

fanastic day spent here lots of things to do and great prices on the phots get all the photos taken you want and have them put onto a usb $79 for all the pics for 1-3 people great value

Visited January 2014
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Best memories”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2014

Found this place to be one of my best memories of a great holiday, so much to see and do, the sea trek, where you wear a divers helmet and walk along the bottom is great fun, highly recommended,

Visited March 2013
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