Traveling with your family to the Riviera Maya

is always a good idea

When our family travels it is a priority to learn about the local culture and environment.  For us, travel is not just about escaping Canadian winters, but a way to learn about the world we all share.  As soon as I heard about the Xcaret parks, I knew our whole family would love exploring the natural waterpark of Xel-Há and the adventure activities at Xplor.  

We loved our visits and want to share what made these parks so special for our family.  

1.- Watersport Wonderland

You have never been to a waterpark until you have been to Xel-Há.  It shows kids that you don’t need fancy slides to have fun in the water.  With a natural lazy river, adventure zone with zip lines and water obstacles courses, snorkeling opportunities and more, it is the perfect way to enjoy the Mayan Riviera’s gorgeous water.  

While Xplor is an adventure park, it incorporates water into its activities.  The kids had a blast riding a hammock into a cenote and swimming in an underground cave.  


2.- Children’s Area

While there are tons of activities for kids at both parks, my kids loved the Children’s Area at each park that offered kid-sized adventures.  There were high ropes courses, adventure playgrounds, wading pools, and water obstacle courses that allowed younger kids to have fun in a safe setting.  



3.- Unplugged Fun

In a world where our kids are spending more and more time on screens, the Xcaret parks are the perfect place to disconnect and enjoy good old fashioned fun together as a family.  After a day at each of Xplor and Xel-Há, we were wiped from two active days in the fresh air.


4.- Adventure Zone

The Adventure Zone was one of our favorite areas at Xel-Há and we spent hours challenging ourselves.  Located at the end of the river, the Adventure Zone has zip lines and hammock swings into the water, a tightrope, slack line, and water obstacle course.  It was wonderful to see the look of determination on the kids’ faces as they tried to advance further each time.


5.- Try Something New

Both Xel-Há and Xplor offer tons of opportunities to try something new.  We have done zip lines all over the world, but we certainly had never driven an amphibious vehicle through caves, swam in an underground river or rode a hammock into a cenote.  

Xel-Há is a great place for kids to try snorkeling in the calm waters and to test out their endurance at the Adventure Zone.  


6.- All-Inclusive Goodness

We loved the all-inclusive concept at Xel-Há and Xplor, where we could lock our wallets away for the day.  All of the main activities, food, and drinks were included at both parks. If you want to purchase additional experiences (like animal encounters or jet boat rides) and photo packages, you can, but the basic ticket is perfectly sufficient.  

Our kids loved the huge buffets where they could indulge in as many hot dogs, churros and ice cream cones as they wanted.  The buffets also offer great choices for the adults like fresh seafood, salads and tasty Mexican specialties. Xel-Ha includes alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and the beers and Piña Coladas were perfect for a day on the water.  The kids were not left out and enjoyed tasting different mocktail concoctions.  Xplor is a non-alcoholic property, but we loved the different smoothies and fresh juices made with real fruits.  



7.- Test Your Limits

Study after study in North America says kids are not being exposed to enough risk anymore, resulting in loss of confidence and increased anxiety.  At the Xcaret parks, kids can take risks in a safe environment. Whether it is zip lining over the jungle, snorkeling in deep water or jumping off a cliff, there are lots of opportunities for kids to test their limits.  


8.- Environmental Stewardship

We were impressed to see that Xcaret is taking steps to safeguard the environment.  They have eliminated all straws at their parks and require visitors to use biodegradable sunscreen.  They are also involved in a massive reforestation project and consistently receive sustainability awards.