Xetna is a tiny seaside village located along the Mayan Riviera in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Travelers will be hard pressed to find it on the map, and a Google search results in a small collection of big all-inclusive hotels claiming Xetna as home. However, those same hotels also claim the nearby (4 miles), better known, but not by much, Akumal as their home.
The appeal of Xetna is its central location. Situated directly between - 20 miles either way - Playa del Carmen and Tulum, Xetna is in the midst of many fine tourist attractions. From Mayan ruins to botanical gardens, visitors will find an abundance of things to do and places to visit, if they so desire. Or, they can just sit on the beach and watch the waves go by.
Nautically, Xetna’s located about 23 miles west of Cozumel, and the Caribbean sea in between is prime snorkeling, swimming, and diving territory. White-sand beaches are beautiful and plentiful. Some, not all, of the surrounding shoreline is a bit rocky, so if you plan on entering the water don’t forget your water shoes.
Getting to Xetna
The Cozumel Airport is the closest airport. From Cozumel, travelers would take the Cozumel Ferry to Playa del Carmen. The ferry is about a 25-45 minute ride, depending on the water conditions and passenger load. From Playa del Carmen, a few good transport options are available.
- Take the bus (from Playa del Carmen bus station) and get off on highway 307; then take a taxi or walk to your hotel.
- Use a colectivo service – usually a mini-van transport (sometimes called a combi), and get off on highway 307; then take a taxi or walk to your hotel.
- Hire a taxi from Playa del Carmen to your hotel.
The many attractions surrounding Xetna are quite easy to get to even if you have not rented a car. The colectivos run from Cancun to Playa del Carmen then from Playa del Carmen to Tulum, and back, all-day long. Colectivo stands are dotted along the highway, and you’ll easily find one going your way.