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Xpu-Ha

Travel Guide
Ecopark Kantun Chi featuring caves

Escape to this well-kept secret of a beach town on the Riviera Maya, a heavenly retreat of white sands, turquoise water and swaying palms.

A visit to Xpu-Ha in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo is a breakaway from the everyday, an antidote to life’s worries and cares. Located in southeastern Mexico, this sleepy beach village stays below most tourists’ radar. As a result, Xpu-Ha remains a remote getaway that feels a bit like having a private island all to yourself.

Pronounced “shpu-Ha,” Xpu-Ha is south of Puerto Aventuras, between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Take a daytrip to enjoy the hidden beach town’s white sands, turquoise waters and generally quieter vibe than the busier beaches along the Riviera Maya. Rent snorkel equipment, kayaks and beach chairs for the day, taking a break for lunch and cocktails at the tiny beach bars and restaurants.

Combine a Xpu-Ha beach day with hiking, swimming and kayaking at the nearby Kantun-Chi ecological park. Swim in cenotes formed over millions of years that were once sacred in the Mayan culture. Venture into the vast underground caverns to swim in the pure water with tropical marine life, surrounded by lush tropical gardens, rare birds and the occasional spider monkey.

Take a walk from cenote to cenote along a naturally formed cavern to view breathtaking stalactites. Take a refreshing dip in Kantun-Chi’s largest cenote, the crystal-clear Sas ka leen Ha.

Not far from Xpu-Ha, find Cenote Cristalino, an open U-shaped cenote surrounded by mangrove plants and a local favorite for swimming. While not in a cave itself, this particular cenote does have a half-cave you can swim through as well as a thrilling cliff jump.

Look for Xpu-Ha off Federal Highway 307, the highway that stretches from Cancun along the Riviera Maya to Chetumal. See why this tucked-away gem on the Yucatan Peninsula is worth seeking out as a place to stay on its own or a pleasant alternative to the resort towns of Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

Barceló Maya Palace - All Inclusive
Barceló Maya Palace - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Cta Chetumal Puerto Juarez KM 266.3, Xpu-Ha, QROO
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $238 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Nestled on the beach, this Xpu-Ha property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cenote Cristalino and Ecopark Kantun Chi. Xpu-ha Beach is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.
4.3/5Excellent! (1,215 reviews)
"Beautiful view. Beach is rocky and some areas need more sand. But is beautiful. Need more people to clean the seaweed. Smell really bad in some areas. The only inconvenient was looking at the 6 entertainment people having fun playing beach volleyball meanwhile more than 10 tourist or costumers waiting ..."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Barceló Maya Palace - All Inclusive
Barceló Maya Riviera - Adults Only - All Inclusive
Barceló Maya Riviera - Adults Only - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carr. Chetumal Puerto Juarez km 266.3, Xpu-Ha, QROO
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $278 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Situated on the beach, this all-inclusive property is within a 15-minute walk of Ecopark Kantun Chi and Xpu-ha Beach. Puerto Aventuras Marina and Chac Mol Cenote ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (408 reviews)
"Check -in"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Barceló Maya Riviera - Adults Only - All Inclusive
Catalonia Royal Tulum - Adults Only
Catalonia Royal Tulum - Adults Only
4 out of 5
Carr Cancun Chetumal Km 264 5, Xpu-Ha, QROO
Located in Xpu-Ha, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Cenote Cristalino, Xpu-ha Beach, and Ecopark Kantun Chi. ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (980 reviews)
"This property was very secluded and out of the way. It's tucked into the jungle which gave it a special feel. The seaweed on the beach did put a damper on things, but that's not really the hotels fault--just wasn't as advertised on photos. The food was decent considering it was resort food. They ..."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Catalonia Royal Tulum - Adults Only
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Bliss Two Bedroom 2 Bathroom Luxury Waterfront Condo
Bliss Two Bedroom 2 Bathroom Luxury Waterfront Condo
Xpu-Ha, ROO
Situated on the waterfront, this romantic condo building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Puerto Aventuras Marina, CEDAM Museum, and Puerto Aventuras Golf Club. Oasis ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Quite condo in PA.
"Quite beautiful property. Amazing pools. Very clean and accommodating for my family."

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

Bliss Two Bedroom 2 Bathroom Luxury Waterfront Condo
Xpuha Ocean View Upstairs
Xpuha Ocean View Upstairs
3 out of 5
Carretera Federal Chetumal Puerto, Juarez Km 264, Xpuha Playa, Xpu-Ha, QROO
Situated in Xpu-Ha, this vacation home is steps from Oasis Beach, Xpu-ha Beach, and Ecopark Kantun Chi. Taj Mahal Cenote and Chikinha Cenote are also within ...
Xpuha Ocean View Upstairs
Colorful PH W/private Rooftop & Pool in Playacar!
Colorful PH W/private Rooftop & Pool in Playacar!
Xpu-Ha, ROO
Situated in Xpu-Ha, this property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cenote Cristalino and Ecopark Kantun Chi. Xpu-ha Beach is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.
Colorful PH W/private Rooftop & Pool in Playacar!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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