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Dolphinaris Barcelo, Puerto Aventuras

(3/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
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 on your trip to Puerto Aventuras, use our Puerto Aventuras trip itinerary maker.
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  • It is pena see these animals in captivity in reduced-size pools, deprived of freedom in an artificial environment, forced to perform all sorts of tricks for human entertainment. If we are against zoos and circuses, I do not recommend it.
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  • This is a nice addition to the Barcelo Resorts, but the enclosure is too small for the number of dolphins. The free show lasts about 29 mins. It's a nice show where you see the dolphins do jumps, twir...  more »
  • Our family had a great time, 4 of us were in the water and really enjoyed the dolphin swim. Pictures were very expensive $30 usd for one picture.  more »
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  • 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 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.
  • I wonder if that place even looks at the awful reviews they have here to finally do something about the small space they keep the dolphins in. I mean, it is clearly disturbing for people and I am sure for children who visit this place.
  • The Dolphinaris is in a small area by the beach that seems awfully small and shallow to be holding five dolphins. The viewing area is has a number of long benches for the shows, but people end up standing along the rail despite being the announcement to sit before the show. Standing on the ledges by the fence might actually give you a better view and is closer to the pool's edge. Coming from Chicago with it's Shedd Aquarium and the largest indoor Oceanarium in the world, it's a bit unsettling to see how small this facility which holds dolphins is...
  • Got a bigger fish tank at home.. made me upset just walking past seeing the poor dolphins..