Xcaret is a water, theme, amusement, eco-archaeological park and more, in one place. Its name means “small inlet” due to the fact that a portion of the Caribbean Sea enters the land. Enjoy underground rivers, a beach area, a lagoon, and natural pools of seawater. In different sections of the park you will see jaguars, manatees, flamingos, spider monkeys and saraguato, bats, deer, and tapirs. Do not miss the Mexican Folk Art Museum, the “Bridge to Paradise”. Mexican Cemetery, and the Hacienda Henequenera.
The beachfront Hotel Xcaret is an all-inclusive resort with a fantastic location for travelers planning on spending a lot of their time at one of the nearby parks. Guests wear wristbands that act as room keycards, access to all-inclusive dining, and even sensors for various cameras spread across the resort. The crowing feature of each room is the furnished outdoor terrace, which has chairs and a hammock, plus loungers and ocean vistas in some. Casa Fuego is for adults only, and it has an exclusive ocean-view rooftop pool and bar, and restaurant.
Hotel Xcaret is packed with on-site features, plus guests receive free admission and transportation to the Xcaret parks for Mayan shows, snorkeling, and zip-lining, to name a few. Reservations are required for a few of the parks, as well as free tours of Chichen Itza and area “cenotes” (swimming holes). Multiple pools, a lagoon, and river provide spots to take a dip, snorkel, or use the free kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. The ocean-view infinity pool with a swim-up bar is a favorite, as is the lagoon with its own stretch of sand and tropical fish. Toward the back of the resort is a family-friendly kids’ pool with waterslides, plus an adjacent bar for adults. Tennis courts and three gyms (a couple exclusive to certain buildings) are available, plus the hotel puts on free yoga, meditation, and Tai chi each day. There are 10 restaurants and eight bars on-site, almost all of which are free for everyone to use. Adults staying in Casa Fuego have exclusive access to an all-day a la carte restaurant and rooftop bar.
For a less expensive all-inclusive option with direct park access (but not free admission), consider the Occidental at X Caret Destination. This is one of the only hotels with direct access to Xcaret eco-park. The hotel offers packaged entrance deals. The 765 rooms were renovated in 2016 and now have minibars, balconies, and large flat-screen TVs. Seven pools, 11 restaurants, nine bars and a disco, plus a popular lagoon-style beach keep guests entertained. Royal Club perks include upgraded amenities and exclusive features.