Spend a Day at Xel-Ha

Xel-Ha is a world famous eco-park located south of Akumal, about 15 minutes from our villa in Akumal. It's located on the eastern coastline of the Yucatan Peninsula, the archaeological site of the Mayans in ancient times.

Xel-Ha's many leisure, ecological and natural attractions offer activities for the whole family. The alluring open-sea aquarium allows visitors to view ocean life in its natural abode unaltered and undisturbed.

Swimming with the dolphins is also a popular thing to do for visitors and it is not found easily in most places. Animal and nature people enjoy spending time in the ocean with these gentle creatures, and they will have a wonderful story to bring home to their family and friends!

Snorkeling is also great in the protected lagoon. The coral is dead there, but regular feeding keeps the many types of beautiful fish coming back for dinner. Some snorkelers will have another person feed the fish so they can see the fish from below.

There is a river which starts in a natural spring, and inner tubes are used to float down the stream. This provides a perfect complement to a short rest in a hammock on one of the beautiful beaches.

More adventurous spirits can climb up and dive from the local cliffs in Xel-Ha, exploring the Mayan cave, and looking at the local Xel-Ha ruins. These ruins are mostly unrestored and totally original, with a unique look into the history and architectural contributions of the Maya people.

Hammock Island, Xpa, Bay of Caprices and The Beach are favorite areas for visitors who want to rest and relax at Xel-Ha. Chacah Garden, the Mayan Wall, the Apiary and Plant Nursery provide unique ecological attractions for fauna lovers. Natural wonders are also seen at the Inlet, El Dorado Cavern, Ixchel’s Gulf, the Mayan Cave, Chaac Mangal, and many lakes.

When staying in Akumal, Xel-Ha is a short drive that the whole family will enjoy and offer plenty of varying activities for all. Tickets are reasonably priced. Xel-Ha is unique to the area with activities centering around relaxation, fun and seeing ancient and natural wonders.

Water sport lovers will enjoy the inner tube float down the river, cliff diving and snorkeling in the lagoon. Naturalists will enjoy swimming with the dolphins and exploring the many forms of plant and animal life there, and those curious about the historical roots of the Yucatan Peninsula have an opportunity to see the Mayan ruins and see the architectural influences of that era.

Our kids and grandchildren usually plan on spending the entire day at Xel-Ha every time they visit Akumal. There is so much to do they never get tired of returning year after year. They enjoy riding a bicycle through a path in the jungle, jumping off the cliffs into the limpid blue sea, swimming with the dolphins, and walking through stingrays on the bottom of the sea.

This year for the first time they signed up for the Sea Trek. They wore a technologically advanced helmet that looks like deep-sea diving equipment. Sea Trek required no previous training , diving or otherwise. Instructors are nearby at all times during the walk, helping you in every way and easing any concerns about the aquatic walk of a lifetime. Everyone says it was a walk they would never forget!