The natural world delivers unforgettable eco-adventures for travelers on the hunt for adventures that entertain and educate. Discover eco-tourism opportunities in the Caribbean that will leave you in awe at the wonders of nature.
Your Homebase: Occidental at Xcaret Destination
The Adventure: There are virtually endless eco-adventures to be had at Xcaret Eco-Park, a natural attraction for all ages in Riviera Maya. Swim in underground rivers, explore a teeming jungle, and descend into mysterious caves. Walk amidst hundreds of fluttering, colorful creatures in the Butterfly Pavilion, and get up-close-and-personal with deer, jaguar and exotic birds. Don’t miss Paradise River, a gorgeous waterway through a teeming jungle, which is filled with blue crabs, iguanas, peccaries and other friendly wildlife.
- When It’s Time To Unwind: Head back to Occidental at Xcaret Destination and retreat to one of the spa’s luxuriously appointed massage cabins.
Your Homebase: Barceló Ixtapa
The Adventure: Take a 10-minute boat ride out to Isla Ixtapa, a tropical paradise off Mexico’s spectacular south coast. With crystalline, tranquil waters, the island is perfect destination for snorkeling experiences amidst colorful marine life and dazzling coral reefs. Keep an eye out for playful dolphins who love Isla Ixtapa almost as much as people! You’ll also enjoy four golden-sand beaches, a wide range of lush local plants and flowers, and panoramic views. An unspoiled Caribbean island paradise is within reach!
- When It’s Time To Unwind: At Barceló Ixtapa’ U-Spa, treat yourself to a hydrating facial or marine exfoliation.
Your Homebase: Barceló Maya Grand Resort
The Adventure: Located in the heart of a lush tropical rainforest in Riviera Maya, Aktun Chen is the ideal eco-adventure for active travelers. Here, you’ll amble along a picturesque hiking trail amidst dazzling flowers and wildlife. Walk in the footsteps of ancient Mayas through a cave and then zipline through the trees, 25 feet above the ground. And definitely take a dive into Aktun-Chen’s incredible cenote, a swimming hole that boasts crystal-clear water and otherworldly subterranean landscapes.
- When It’s Time To Unwind: All that adventure will give you an appetite – so make a reservation at Barceló Maya Palace’s Brasserie Restaurant, specializing in exquisite French cuisine.
The Palancar Reef
The Adventure: The Palancar Reef, located off the island of Cozumel, is one of the top scuba diving and snorkeling destinations in the world. Occidental Cozumel and Allegro Cozumel are fully equipped to provide guests of all skill levels with everything they need for this awe-inspiring underwater experience, one of the best eco-adventures in the Caribbean. You’ll swim among dolphins and sea turtles in crystal clear waters. Allegro Cozumel’s Ultimate Dive Experience package includes one diver’s tank per day, an Ultimate Dive Experience exclusive ID wristband, accommodation within an exclusive section of the resort, near the beach diving shop, a special hanger to dry your diving suit in your room, plus many more amenities.
- When It’s Time To Unwind: Soothe your muscles and restore your skin at the Spa by Occidental, where you can choose from hot stones massages, aromatherapy treatments and much more.
Arikok National Wildlife Park
Your Homebase: Barceló Aruba
The Adventure: Comprising almost 18 percent of the island of Aruba, Arikok National Wildlife Park is home to an amazingly diverse selection of flora and fauna, in addition to unique cultural and historical sites. Climb to the top of Jamanota Hill, the highest point on the island, from which you can soak in spectacular panoramas of Aruba’s north, East, and West sides. Or take things underground in the limestone Fontein Cave, where you’ll find fascinating pictographs from past ages. One of the most popular spots is Arikok’s “Natural Pool (AKA Conchi). Here, calm waters are protected from the surf by a series of well-placed rock formations. The water is deep enough for cliff diving, and if you’ve brought the right equipment, it’s great for snorkeling as well.
- When It’s Time To Unwind: Lounge and relax in Barceló Aruba’s enormous freshwater swimming pool, a cocktail close at hand.
Your Homebase: Occidental Costa Cancún
The Adventure: Take a smooth catamaran ride out to Isla Mujeres, 13km off the coast of Cancun. Via Vacaciones Barcelo, take a catamaran journey to the island. You’ll enjoy an open bar, live music and spectacular Caribbean Sea views. On the way out, there will also be opportunities to stop and snorkel in the beautiful waters. Then, you’ll dock at the island, take part in a buffet lunch and have plenty of time to discover this amazing destination. You can snorkel, explore an island paradise, and travel back in time in the ruins of an ancient Mayan temple. Cap the day off with a grilled, fresh-caught lobster on the beach.
- When It’s Time To Unwind: Take a rejuvenating soak in Occidental Costa Cancun’s Turkish bath – the perfect way to indulge, refresh, and get ready for your next eco-adventures.