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Xcaret picture in Playa del Carmen
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Dolphins Xcaret picture in Playa del Carmen
Underground River picture in Playa del Carmen
Xcaret picture in Playa del Carmen

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  • Prices vary depending on ticket type
  • 8:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. daily

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  • Beaches, Zoos and Aquariums Type
  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.4
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  • Facilities
    4.0
  • Atmosphere
    4.0

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Both experts and travelers say that Xcaret is a sort of Yucatán-style Disneyland, a large outdoor "eco-park" filled with an aviary, a dolphin aquarium, a turtle sanctuary and a beach perfect for swimming, diving or snorkeling. The park also offers various excursions like dolphin interactions, stingray encounters, shark swims, snuba tours and speedboat rides. Stay the day at Xcaret then enjoy the evening events, which include performances exploring the area's Mayan past. Xcaret is home to a few dining venues as well.

Past visitors were big fans of Xcaret, noting that the park was filled with attractions, things to explore and activities to enjoy, though some do say it can get very crowded. Some do note Xcaret's admission fees are expensive but most say it's worth it, calling out the well-maintained exhibits and beach and the pleasant staff. Past visitors recommended setting aside at least one full day to take advantage of Xcaret's attractions and experiences. In fact, some said you could spend two days here and not see the same thing twice. Travelers also note you can save money by purchasing your tickets in advance online. 

The park is open year-round from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Prices for admission vary depending on the ticket you purchase and the number of days you want to spend at Xcaret. If purchased online in advance, tickets start at $89.99 for adults and $44.99 for kids. There are build-your-own package options available and discounts if you book combo packages with photos, add-on activities or admission to its sister attractions. Keep in mind: Not all activities are included in the admission price. You can also add on transportation to and from the park. Xcaret is located about 6 miles south of from Playa del Carmen. If you don't have your own set of wheels, you can reach the park via taxi (fares cost approximately $15) or by public bus. Buses to the park leave from Playa's main bus station on 5th Avenue. For additional information on Xcaret's attractions and admission costs, check out its website.

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#1 Beaches Your hotel or resort will likely occupy a stretch of pristine white sand, but if you feel like venturing off the property to explore more of Playa's shore, you ... Read more » Pola Diamonte / Getty Images

#2 La Quinta Avenida Playa del Carmen's main street, La Quinta Avenida, runs parallel to the shore and serves as a pedestrian walkway for travelers and locals. The avenue is lined with an ... Read more » Mark Lewis / Getty Images

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