Sunday, November 23, 2003

Xpu Ha

The last excursion we took from Cancun included a stop at the Xpu Ha Palace Resort. There's been a proliferation of "eco-parks" on the "Riviera Maya" south of Cancun. One of these, at Xpu Ha, failed and was bought out by the Palace Resorts corportation. They've turned it into an all-inclusive resort. Based on the few hours we spent there, I can recommend it with the following qualifications:

  • You have to enjoy the idea of an all-inclusive resort.
  • It's a relatively isolated location.
  • It's great if you're looking for nature, but not necessarily a natural environment.

The best part of the resort for us was the snorkeling, both in the freshwater area and in the coastal lagoon.

An example of how it's not necessarily natural is the coastal lagoon. There are amazing quantities of absolutely stunning fish there. There is, however, a supply of fish food which brings them there. You're encouraged to feed them -- some other guests were annoyed that the fish were biting their hands when they went in carrying fish food. Duh.

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