Dolphinaris Barcelo, Puerto Aventuras

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Swim with dolphins at Dolphinaris Barcelo, a luxury dolphinarium located within a beach resort. Surrounded by the scenery of the Mexican Caribbean, take a dip with the personable creatures, taking the time to get to know them and observe their interaction with humans and each other. Talk to the trainers about the dolphin's behavior and natural habitat, and the challenges currently facing them in the wild. You'll have a training session before heading into the pools; lifeguards on duty make the experience suitable for visitors of all ages and swimming abilities. To visit Dolphinaris Barcelo and other attractions in Puerto Aventuras, use our Puerto Aventuras itinerary maker site .
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  • The Dolphinarius, is a beautiful place. Isn’t like Dolphin in puerto aventuras but my kids love the show and if you want to stay on the site and switch with dolphin that is awesome. The price is compe...  more »
  • Maravilhjoso, doceis, caring, well trained, responsible staff, and all this within the hotel.
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  • It is located on the grounds of the Barcelo in the Riviera Maya hotels. Unrivalled place to experience family.
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  • Very neat and entertaining. My kid said he had so much fun watching watching the dolphins do tricks.
  • I had a medical congress there in 2014. I stayed at the hotel but never went to the dolphinarium. I will never stay again in a hotel that keeps dolphins in captivity. Dolphins belong to the ocean. They should never be kept in pools and, even though, it can be fascinating to see what they can do, going to a dolphin show or participating to a program that proposes to swim with dolphins is encouraging a cruel industry. Pledge not to buy a ticket to a dolphin show if you respect those super intelligent and social creatures. What happens in Taiji is an exemple of how they catch those dolphins to send them all over the world. Without information, you won't know the distress behind the "dolphin's smile". Be informed. Don't go to a dolphin show.
  • They don't have much for public show. It might be good for those who pay for interaction with dolphins in the water. Facility is small.
  • The resort looks nice, but it's off my list because it would be horrible to see these animals in such a confined space every day. This seems extremely inhumane.
  • The 3 dolphins that were in there at the time had a pool smaller than the kids pool at the Barcy park. It in no way is big enough for the poor animals. The Dolphins were super cute though and kept trying to splash the onlookers, probably for their own entertainment. Still felt horrible for them.

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Where to stay in Puerto Aventuras

With a reputation built almost entirely around high-end resort tourism, Puerto Aventuras offers little in the way of budget accommodations, with only a handful of small guesthouses found in the town's backstreets. Large, luxurious resorts rule, and you'll find plenty of them hugging the town's coastline and marina. You can expect swimming pools, bars, and large restaurants at most of the accommodations in town, although it's also possible to find some smaller boutique hotels and villas to the west of town.
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