Xcalak, Quintana Roo, Mexico is a wonderfully
remote area that is gaining popularity with Scuba Divers,
Snorkelers, Fly Fishermen, Birders and other
adventurers of the Mexican Caribbean. Xcalak is 60 kilometers
south of Majahual, the site of the new Cruise Ship Port on the
Costa Maya. Xcalak is located on the southern most tip of Quintana
Roo not far from the Belize Border. The trip from Cancun Airport
to Xcalak is approximately a 4½ hour drive.
Dive Center offers trips to Banco Chinchorro via their high
speed boat, the Tzimin-Ha (sea horse in Maya). Banco Chinchorro
is a pristine dive area approximately 20 miles offshore and northeast
of Xcalak. Banco Chinchorro is a 30 mile long and 15 mile wide
atoll. There are many reefs inside the main reef, and an unknown
number of shipwrecks. This beautiful reef with four small, uninhabited
islands peeking above the azure waters is bordered by breath taking
walls and sloping reefs all around. There are shipwrecks in waters
as shallow as ten feet, with old cannons scattered across the
bottom. Banco Chinchorro is home to abundant marine life, with
hundreds of species of fish, coral, and other sea life seldom
seen elsewhere. XTC Dive Center offers the only boat to Banco
Chinchorro from Xcalak. They also offer a complete dive facility
for your diving adventures.
diving is so fantastic that even if a trip to Banco Chinchorro
is not possible due to weather, finances, or not enough divers
for the Banco Chinchorro experience you will have a unique experience
comparable to no other on the Mexican Caribbean Coast. The local
dive sites abound, starting from the North going South:
Hob Na, Santa Julia, Poza Rica, Blanquizar, Ciudad Undida, Siete
Cocos, Doña Nica, Los
Cañones, Quebrado, G Spot, La
Poza, La Pozeta, Blanquizarea, Portilla, Coral Garden, La
Chimenea, Scott's Playground and loads more that are secret finds
of the local operators.
dive operators are XTC Dive Center,
Costa de Cocos, and Casa
instruction is available at these dive operations.
All the area resorts
can arrange local diving and or Banco Chinchorro diving.
is most appealing directly in front of all resorts. Resort
of the resorts are offering email service and or internet service.
Please see individual resorts for details.
New ~ Please visit Xcalak FlyFishing with Captain Victor Castro
fishing rates are available at XTC Dive
Center, Costa de Cocos, Casa
Carolina and Hotel Tierra Maya.
All other resorts can
arrange fly fishing. Trolling or bottom fishing are also available.
will find nice accommodations as you head
out of town to the north, Costa de
Cocos, Hotel Tierra Maya, The
Reef House, Casa Carolina,
Kimmel's Kabana, Playa
Sonrisa, Sin Duda, Tesoro Casa Caracola, and Coral Garden Inn,
located in the suburbs of Xcalak Pueblo.
Pueblo offers several restaurants in town. Margaritas
Veggie Stand offers breakfast and lunch. Silvia's
Restaurante serves lunch and dinner, they also hosts the Xcalak
Kid's Library . Please bring a couple of Kid's books in Spanish
and or supplies of all natures. The kids here are very interested
in learning. Leaky Palapa Restaurant by
Linda and Marla in town also offer a few days of the best of service
and the food is some of the best in the world! That is the truth.
let's talk about groceries. There are several small Tiendas (stores)
in Xcalak but they do not carry much of a selection. There is
however a Grocery Truck
that comes by on Tuesday and Friday, there are others that pass
by but are not on a regular schedule. They have a good selection
of items. Ask about these trucks at your resort. It is suggested
that you purchase a supply of groceries prior to arriving in Xcalak
if you plan to cook for yourself.
a number of small resorts with nearly all the amenities you could
desire with the exception of wild nightlife. If you want wild
nightlife this is not the place. There are only a few cantinas
in the area. The number of Restaurants is limited but very good.
Hotel Tierra Maya and Costa
de Cocos offer walk in service for all meals. Playa Sonrisa's Loco Nutz Apres Ski Bar & Grill is a private club for hotel guests only. Several of the
resorts offer breakfast. There are resorts with kitchens in the
rooms, others do not have kitchens. Air conditioning is a premium
but there are two resorts that offer limited air conditioning
, Playa Sonrisa limited hours. These resorts run on wind, solar and generator
power. Please no curling irons or hairdryers here. Leaky Palapa Restaurant by Linda and Marla in town also offer a few days of the best of service and the food is some of the best in the world! That is the truth., Silvias Restaurante, and Margarita's Veggie Stand in Xcalak Pueblo.
resorts offer sea kayaks for your paddling pleasure. The beaches
are different than the rest of the coast in that the water is
quite shallow at the water's edge. Costa de Cocos, Hotel Tierra
Maya, Casa Carolina, (The Reef House has use of Casa Carolina's
dock) and Playa Sonrisa offer a dock to take you to deeper water
for swimming and boating. Some of the resorts have made a channel
to facilitate your swimming from shore, this includes, Casa Escondida,Coral Garden Inn, Tesoro Casa Caracola, and Kimmel's Kabana with
very nice swimming areas .
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are many Mayan ruins in the southern
part of Quintana Roo. Some of these are Kohunlich, Tzibanche,
Xpujil, Rio Bec, Becán, Chiccana, El Ramonai, Oxpemul,
Maruchín, Chacchoben and Calakmul to name a few. There
are others that you pass on your way from Cancun to Xcalak.
Xcaret (Polé), Xelha, Tulum, Muyil (Chunyaxché),
Tixmul, and Los Limones if you should find time on the way.
There is actually a Mayan ruins at Xcalak.
San Felipe is a great place to visit on Laguna Bacalar. Cenote
Azul is also a good stopping off point on the way to visit the
Capital of Quintana Roo, Chetumal. I do have a contact for overnight
stays on Laguna Bacalar, please ask me.
come to Xcalak to "Find the Magic", "Encuentra
lo mágico", "Tin kax ta ma'lo ba" that we
have to offer.
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