19 Apr

For my birthday this past weekend, we decided to go with some friends to Xel-Ha.

Xel-Ha is a huge ecopark set on in inlet in the Riviera Maya, just south of Playa del Carmen. It has a great All Inclusive plan (all you can eat buffets and all you can drink bars), and it’s perfect for snorkeling, exploring and just relaxing. It has cenotes, lagoons, a mile-long river you can swim through, cliffs, ziplines, a floating bridge, and the list goes on.

One of the highlights was floating down the river, but I didn’t get any pictures because I don’t have a waterproof camera. I saw lots of fish and a barracuda!

Other than that, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

The dolphinarium

Its hard to get the full effect from this picure, but under this bridge were HUNDREDS of fish. Later, Jorge and I snorkeled through there... Ive never had such an amazing experience. Then someone threw fish food on top of me and I was attacked by hundreds of fish. Good times haha

Jorge and Juan trying to look cool by the floating bridge

The man of my dreams, taking a much-needed nap.

25 Responses to “Xel-Ha”

  1. Poetesswug April 19, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    NICE!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Rebekah April 19, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    Wow! That is beautiful! Happy Belated Birthday!

  3. Ang April 19, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    Beautiful place – we went there once while on vacay… I loved it. Happy birthday again, blog style ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Ashlie April 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    Happy Belated Birthday Lauren! We love Xel-Ha it’s such a beautiful place. I loved your photo of the pelican. It looks like you had a great time.

  5. Ashlie April 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    Eeeek sorry LAURA!! not Lauren ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Krysten April 19, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    My gosh it is beyond gorgeous there!

  7. lisa April 19, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    Beautiful, love all the pictures!

  8. The Drama Mama April 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    This is such a beautiful place. So many gorgeous places in Mexico!

  9. KfromMichigan April 19, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    Great pictures! Glad you had a wonderful birthday.

  10. Kristi S April 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Xel-Ha is one place I have never been but would love to visit next time I am down there ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Holyoke Home April 19, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

    ME WANT GO NOW!!!!!

  12. MurdocksMama April 20, 2011 at 1:03 am #

    What a beautiful spot to spend your birthday weekend! Looked wonderful!

  13. Barb April 20, 2011 at 2:20 am #

    Happy birthday6!

  14. Barb April 20, 2011 at 2:21 am #

    ooops. That 6 snuck itself in there…lol.

  15. Rita Gervais April 20, 2011 at 3:40 am #

    Happy Belated Birthday. You truly are in paradise.

  16. Nikki April 20, 2011 at 5:03 am #

    Happy birthday to you dear! What a fabulous celebration!

  17. (Florida) Girl with a New Life April 20, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    Just gorgeous. I am soooo jealous.

    PS It sounds like a Happy B-day is in order.

  18. luna April 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    Que envidia!!!! I want to be there!!! it’s beautiful

  19. annie April 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    absolutely BEAUTIFUL pictures !! so glad to have found your website – so enjoying reading everything !! Cancun is our favorite place in the world……we go every year – thats not enough…..

  20. becca April 24, 2011 at 3:21 am #

    I love Xel-ha. The hammocks are amazing. The fish are pretty cool too. Except for one thing – both times I’ve been there (15 years apart) I’ve had a close encounter with a barracuda. Very scary and not so cool. Don’t worry, I was very brave. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. becca April 24, 2011 at 3:22 am #

    And Happy Birthday!!!

  22. Angelica Garcia April 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

    Hi! My name is Angelica and I’m a Xel-Hรก representative. First of all congratulations for your birthay!! I’m glad you enjoy your visit to Xel-Hรก, that’s amazing you were able to see the barracuda!! And don’t worry if you don’t bother nothing will happen to you ๐Ÿ™‚
    That’s too bad you don’t have an acuatic camera because your photos are great!! I love all of od them and the one of the ceiling if beautiful. If you of any of your friends have any question about the park in further visits please don’t hesitate in contact me to agarcia@experienciasxcaret.com.mx We also invite you to join our facebook and twitter (xelhapark) for more information and news about the park. We will love you can share your experience and photos there!! Best Regards.

  23. GRRRL TRAVELER May 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    Happy Belated Birthday! You totally rocked it. These pics of Xe-la are absolutely breathtaking. It’s almost as if its of the Bahamas or something.

  24. Julie M. May 11, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    Man, you never fail to get me dreaming of Mexico. That looks like an amazing time! The snorkeling sounds incredible!

  25. Stacey Z January 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    Hi, we are going o Cancuun soon and want to visit xel-ha…My husband and I went many years ago and now we are bringing our children. I’ve been doing some research and I’m trying to figure out the best place to buy the tickets. Through my agent is expensive. I can purchase them on-line at the xel-ha website which is a better price. I know we can get them at the hotel and if I remember correctly some they were sold in stores and restaurants around Cancun. Does anyone know the best place wth the best price? Thanks for any info.

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