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, 77750
The price is $226 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury property in Xpu-Ha. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,141 reviews)
"Clean but not so quiet a lot of party people! My family had a lot of fun!"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

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Catalonia Royal Tulum - Adults Only All Inclusive
Catalonia Royal Tulum - Adults Only All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Carr Cancun Chetumal Km 264 5, Xpu-Ha, QROO, 77790
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Xpu-Ha. Enjoy free WiFi, free valet parking, and 9 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,003 reviews)
"This hotel is beautiful! The beach access is amazing. Wonderful food options. The buffet is delicious every time. The staff is always super friendly and helpful. They go above and beyond to make everything wonderful"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

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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
The price is $260 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury property in Xpu-Ha. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 4 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (932 reviews)
"Very pleasant experience. Went for our babymoon. The resort is fairly new. I would recommend the Japanese restaurant for dinner, we really enjoyed the hibachi show and meal. Not so much the Italian. Great customer service. The beach directly in front of the property was a bit rocky but a few steps ..."

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Barceló Maya Riviera - Adults Only - All Inclusive
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.
Grand Riviera Princess - All Inclusive
Grand Riviera Princess - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Prolongacion 5ta Avenida, Mza 20 Lote 006, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
The price is $149 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,807 reviews)
"First time at an al inclusive, and I was really impressed with how maintained the property was, and how the resort was set up to cater to and anticipate the needs of guests. Every employee was very knowledgable and helpful, and a huge shoutout to the cart drivers who shuttle guests between the lobby, ..."

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Grand Riviera Princess - All Inclusive
Wyndham Alltra Playa del Carmen Adults Only All Inclusive
Wyndham Alltra Playa del Carmen Adults Only All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Constituyentes Number 1, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
The price is $196 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,356 reviews)
"Don't come here for the beach. Food, property and staff were great!"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

Wyndham Alltra Playa del Carmen Adults Only All Inclusive
Platinum Yucatan Princess Adults Only - All Inclusive
Platinum Yucatan Princess Adults Only - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Prolongacion 5ta Avenida, Mz 20 Lote 006, Playa del Carmen, QROO, 77710
The price is $171 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 26
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,168 reviews)
"I really enjoyed the overall atmosphere. It was such a great experience. The hospitality was amazing"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

Platinum Yucatan Princess Adults Only - All Inclusive
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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