In 2008 we took a little vacation south of the border…and landed in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. We took up residence at the Iberostar, Quetzal all-inclusive resort located on the beautiful Playacar Beach.
Our visit was filled with food, fun and sun…we swam, snorkeled and parasailed. We shopped in the small town of Playa del Carmen…and enjoyed the entertainment at the infamous Carlos and Charlies.
About 4 days into our little getaway we decided to spend the day at Xel Ha. The worlds largest aquarium…if you have ever gazed into a saltwater aquarium and wondered what it would be like…or if you have ever seen the Don Knots movie, The Incredible Mr. Limpet and thought “I wish I were a Fish”, then Xel Ha can make that dream come true.
Xel Ha is a natural park composed of a group of inlets, lagoons, cenotes and caves. A low deciduous forest and water system that is a mix of the salty waters from the Caribbean Sea and fresh water from springs from underground rivers from the Yucatan Peninsula. Xel Ha’s rainforest is home to over 100 species of birds and over 230 varieties of plants, flowers and trees. It’s lagoon is home to more than 90 marine species.
Xel Ha offers a wide variety of water related activities. We floated through the mangrove forest…we did a little cave diving…we snorkeled…we hung out in the greatest hammocks ever made…and we swam with the fish!!! It was like swimming in a giant aquarium with Mr. Limpet.
Genesis 1:9 “And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.”
- Swimming in a Cenote (peteandamandainmexico.com)
- Where to go in Mexico on your first trip (therepublika.com)
- Caribbean dream: Relaxing on the Mexican Riviera Maya (mirror.co.uk)