Xcaret, 50 miles south of Cancun, is an all day family adventure located around natural grottos, fresh and saltwater pools and underground rivers that run to the sea. A tropical “island like” ecological amusement park with snorkeling sites, an exotic tropical rainforest where endangered species are protected, and a few archeological sites thrown in for good measure.
You can walk around on the bottom of a Caribbean lagoon with a dive helmet or glide down a jungle river, both above and below ground. There are turtles, monkeys, dolphin encounters, snack bars and palapa restaurants with roving regional musical groups. A spectacular evening Mexican themed light and sound show starts at dusk with a demonstration of the pre-Hispanic Ball Game. Daily tours depart from Cancun starting at 8 AM with return trips running all day until after dark.