The XelHa Park in the Riviera Maya Mexico is a great day trip for the whole family. The park is a large natural aquarium where you can experience many different water activities.
It was a beautiful warm day in May when we had the opportunity to explore XelHa. XelHa has a policy on the type of sunscreen you can use within the park. It has to be organic with no chemicals. I had thought I found the correct type but when we arrived they would not allow it. The park gives every guest a sample pack of the sunscreen, which can last 1 to 2 applications. So it is best to apply at least one coat of sunscreen before arriving at the park.
Our first adventure was to float on tubs down the river in the forest of mangroves. To get there you can either take the shuttle bus or ride a bicycle. They have all of the bikes in an area and you just get on and ride. We choose this route and it was fun riding through the mangrove forest. When we got to the river entrance you could choose a one person or two person tubs. Our group started down the river, it was relaxing until I decided to move the wrong way in the tub and fell off. The water was moving slowly but I could not touch the bottom as it was too deep and I did not want to touch the sides. I luckily was able, with help of my friends, to get myself back on the tub without pulling anyone else in. But it was a little unnerving and my heart was racing. At little excitement always makes the day fun. The river ends into the open lagoon that is great for snorkeling.
On the large lagoon there are several zip lining adventures. All of them are at different heights and speeds. We went on several and it was great to zip into the water. The next adventure was cliff jumping. The park also has different heights for jumping off. I did try one and it was fantastic. The employees at the park make all of these activities very safe. There is a very large lagoon that you can snorkel in. We saw many colorful fish around the coral rocks. There were a few very large fish that we were not able to identify. Snorkeling through the coral reefs was fun but tiring.
The park has many walking trails and other activities like swimming with the dolphins and SNUBA which is a combination of snorkeling and scuba diving without the tanks. There are many areas to relax on a lounge chair and have a cold beverage. There are iguanas all over the park and a great floating bridge that is fun to walk on. Though you need to hang on if it is windy and the water is not calm. I would recommend this park for families of all ages; there are so many fun things to try while soaking up the warm Riviera Maya sun.