If you’re planning a family vacation in the Riviera Maya, you’re probably overwhelmed by all of the kid-friendly tour options available. No need to stress. When it comes to local activities, there’s one option that everyone will love, and it’s the most famous in the area: Xcaret Park.
Located near Playa del Carmen, what makes Xcaret Park great is that it has attractions and facilities for every age — babies, kids and adults alike. In fact, Xcaret is also by far the most baby-friendly nature park in the Riviera Maya, with paved pathways for easy stroller navigation and baby changing stations throughout. Keep reading to discover the extensive attractions that children of all ages and adults alike will love during a day at Xcaret.
Designed for ages 0 – 12, the newer Children’s World provides adventurous fun created especially for kids. Be careful, or they might want to spend the entire day here.
A small ropes course of hanging bridges, water slides, waterfalls, a small bird habitat and beautiful cenotes takes bigger kids on a jungle expedition. Babies and toddlers can have fun with a wading pool, water jets, and a sandbox. Parents can keep an eye on the main swimming area from the relaxation area. Family-friendly restrooms come complete with family bathrooms, feeding rooms, showers, and dressing rooms for your convenience.
Xcaret park is set in a region surrounded by stunning Caribbean beaches and refreshing underground rivers, making it an ideal place for families who love a good swim.
The park’s famous underground river takes you along a calm, crystal-clear river between rocky cliffs as it traverses the park. Bigger kids and adults won’t want to miss this attraction. But we don’t recommend it for babies or toddlers simply because the water is too cold.
However, all ages can enjoy Xcaret’s gorgeous white sand beach areas. The coastal side of the park has inlets with pool-like waters for lounging and relaxing, along with a channel especially for snorkelers.
Kids. Love. Animals. And to be honest, so do we.
During a day at Xcaret, you can’t turn any corner without being greeted by animals. Xcaret Park is also one of the region’s top conservation areas, with several programs for helping local species like sea turtles, macaws, quetzales, and more.
A massive outdoor aviary is a home to regional birds. Here, a safe path and hanging bridges take you around a waterfall-lined cliff face — from the top area which is home to canopy-dwelling birds, down to the bottom where you’ll find water-dwelling species.
The park’s lush, green butterfly pavilion provides a huge habitat for butterflies of all colors, letting you walk through a small jungle filled with these vibrant winged creatures. Kids will be mesmerized by Xcaret’s aquarium, where they can peer into large-scale recreations of the Riviera Maya’s famous coral reefs. Just outside is a sparkling bay that’s home to the region’s beloved and well-protected sea turtles.
Near Xcaret’s main entrance is the hacienda area, which houses its horse stables. During the day, families will love viewing the Mexican-style horse shows with the country’s traditional riders known as “charros” and “adelitas.”
As you head further into the park, you’ll come across numerous habitats that offer a home to local animal species like flamingos, monkeys, tapirs, macaws, deer and even jaguars.
A day at Xcaret park gives your kids (and you) the chance to learn more about local culture in many fun and fascinating ways during your vacation.
The Riviera Maya’s vibrant roots can be seen at the Maya Village area, where you’ll see how the ancient Mayas lived their day-to-day lives. Also, there are real Maya ruins found in the center of the park.
Mexican culture also thrives at Xcaret, with a colorful Mexican cemetery set around a hillside. Papantla flyer shows during the day showcase performers participating in a centuries-old ritual spinning from ropes off the top of a pole.
Of course, the park’s famed evening show, Xcaret Mexico Espectacular, takes place in the main theater at the end of each day. The first act reenacts ancient Maya history and its famous ball game. The second act of Mexican history features dance and music from after the arrival of the Spanish.
Xcaret’s extensive facilities and fun-filled activities make it an easy and unforgettable experience for the entire family. Here’s a list of travel tips that we hope will make your day at the park even more hassle-free:
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