Last Updated on October 18, 2022 by Sammie
How to Plan a Day at Xcaret Mexico [Guide 2022]
Oh Xcaret [pronounced ISH-caret], how you’ve been buzzing in my ear since I’ve arrived. “You CANNOT leave without going to Xcaret in Mexico!” “I take all of my visitors to Xcaret.” “XCARET MEXICO AHHHHH!”
Ok, got it. I’ll put the theme park on my list.
So weeks go by, plans change and low and behold we have our Saturday in Xcaret, all set and ready to go.
What is this Xcaret, Mexico you speak of?
What do you do in a nature park?
Right. Remember when I said it’s divided into zones? These zones range from an exotic bird aviary (LOVED THAT) and a butterfly pavilion to a natural river weaving through the whole park. There are shows all afternoon and activities available with the aquatic life. And when you’ve had enough walking around in your mandatory hot pink life jacket, you can relax at the beach with a cerveza.. *The life jacket is only mandatory for the snorkeling area and the river. It’s not mandatory for walking, but it seemed like a nice fashion statement.
What to do at Xcaret in Mexico?
1. Regional Wildlife Breeding Area and Aviary
2. The Butterfly Pavilion
4. Underground River at Xcaret
5. Coral Reef Aquarium
6. Horse Exhibition
7. Botanical Gardens
8. Mexico Espectacular
3 Highly Recommended
Xcaret Mexico Activities
1. The Prehistorical Show
2. The Mayan Village
3. The Natural Pools
How to get to Xcaret:
I would suggest by taxi or colectivo.
Most taxis should know how to get there by name. Remember, it’s pronounced ISH-caret. Not “Ex-Carrot”, not “Sh-carete”.
If going by colectivo you will want to get to Playa Del Carmen then take the Colectivo under the highway heading towards Tulum. Once again, everyone knows Xcaret so if you have any doubts about the bus; simply ask with a smile!
How much is Xcaret?
For the day pass it is $120. If you would like the PLUS pass it is $140 ($20 more than the regular pass). The plus pass includes a meal and though we did not opt for this option, I think it is a better value than buying snacks and food along the way.
Final thoughts of Xcaret?
The locals love this place! And for good reason! I think the park does a magnificent job giving you a dose of what Mexico can offer. However, I will always hold my ground and say you should experience the real Mexico, if the time allows it. Mexico is teaming with aquatic life right along it’s beautiful coastline, there are cenotes EVERYWHERE around the Yucatan and multiple ruins sites within an hour of this park. But Xcaret in Mexico has an amazing array of dance shows that I have yet to see outside in “real world” Mexico. Overall, I enjoyed it and it’s a solid way to kill a day of vacation.
If you’ve been to Xcaret Mexico and have tips or suggestions on how to make the most of it, please comment below!
Want more things to do in Mexico? Check out my recent post on CENOTE AZUL, located between Playa Del Carmen & Tulum!