Xel Ha Ruins

Photo Credit: © Dennis Jarvis CC BY

Just past the popular Xel Ha Park (snorkelers cannot get enough of this place!) are the Xel Ha ruins, a small and mostly unexplored Maya playground.


The lagoon at Hel Ha was once used as a Maya port of call, keeping the local people connected with the rest of the world. Today, visitors can explore this sleepy site in less than an hour.

Staying Close

Consider staying in the Riviera Maya if you plan on visiting Xel Ha Ruins, since travelers to this area of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean will have easy access to this historic attraction throughout their trip. There is a decent amount of lodgings around the neighborhood around Xel Ha Ruins.

Hotels near Xel Ha Ruins
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Blue Sky Hotel Hotel 4.0 mi. (9.5 km) SSW
Tankah Inn B & B 4.1 mi. (9.3 km) SSW
PavoReal Beach Resort Resort 4.6 mi. (8.5 km) SSW
Dreams Tulum Resort And Spa Resort 5.2 mi. (7.6 km) SSW

Location and What's Nearby

There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in the neighborhood surrounding Xel Ha Ruins. The most convenient place to eat is Esperanza, a great restaurant to have a bite to eat at before checking out this historical site. The restaurant is a small ways off, but distant enough that you may decide to aim for having a particular method of transportation to transport your party. Also near Xel Ha Ruins you and your companions will encounter eateries such as Oscar & Lalo and Pizzaria Leo where you and your group will be able to eat some Italian dishes and enjoy the culture of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.


Operating Hours

Xel Ha is open daily from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The ruins can be explored for just $@(USD) per person.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (998) 883-3143

Location: Carretera Chetumal, km. 240, The Riviera Maya, Mexico


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