Riviera Maya: Xel-Ha Eco-Park

Riviera Maya: Xel-Ha Eco-Park

Living in Texas has its perks…especially if you love to travel! Cancun is just a 2 hour flight away and will transport you to warm weather, lush greenery, and the clearest beaches in the western hemisphere. In need of a desperate vacation, My old college friend Taylor and I took a spontaneous trip to Cancun!

We decided to visit two eco-parks: Xel-ha (pronounced ‘Chel-ha’) and X-plor! Here is my honest review of eco-park Xel-Ha..


Xel-ha Blue Water

Xel-Ha is located in Rivieria Maya and is GORGEOUS. This eco-park has a list of activities from snorkeling, lazy river tubing, cenotes, water slides, even swimming with dolphins! You can view beautifully colored tropical fish throughout the waters and may spot a barracuda or two! The park was named Xel-Ha after the ancient Mayas coined the area as “where the water is born”.

Xel-ha Lazy River

Lazy River Tubing 🙂

Xel-ha snorkel

The water was so clear it was AMAZING. I highly recommend buying a full face snorkel mask! This type of mask allows you to breathe normally through your nose and mouth! Most importantly, it doesn’t fog. Let me say it again: IT DOES NOT FOG. There were many people taking off their rental masks because they would fog after only a couple minutes underwater. I submerged this magical mask in the water many times and not once did it fog up. This mask is the HOLY GRAIL as far as it goes for beach trips! You can buy one here! Thank me later 🙂

Xel-Ha Park

Xel-ha also provides unlimited food and alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks. Fresh Margaritas y’all!

Would I go back to Xel-ha?

YES. The price was definitely worth it, and for the budget friendly college student, attending 2 parks was a total of $185. Remember this includes All-You-Can Eat food and beverages, snorkel gear rental, and much more. Depending on when you visit the park, it may not be crowded. We went early September and it seemed like a true vacation: not cramped, you can enjoy and relax and snorkel with ease 🙂

Let me know if you have been to Xel-ha and what your favorite activities were!


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