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Xcalak is a village of approximately 400 inhabitants on the
Caribbean coast of Mexico. Xcalak is one of the last unspoiled
stretches of Mexican Caribbean located on the Southern end of
the Costa Maya. The world's second largest barrier reef
passes just off-shore from Xcalak and it is also a departure
point for dive trips to the Chinchorro Banks atoll reef system. It
is designated a Mexican national reef preserve and is an
excellent site for snorkeling, scuba diving and fly fishing. It is
60km South of Mahahual, Mexico, the site of a new large
cruise ship pier, and just north of the border with Belize. This
section of coast is now being developed by the tourism industry
and has a growing number of Americans and other expatriates
investing in beach front property north of town. However,
development is nowhere close to the degree of development of
its Northern cities Cancún and Playa del Carmen.

The first settlements in the region date from the pre-Hispanic
time. Nearby are the ruins of the Mayan city of Xcalak, where
the name of the town comes from. These ruins though are not
much compared to those at places like Uxmal and Chichen Itza.
In May of 1900, the Navy of Mexico established the village of
Xcalak as a control post of the zone. There the first shipyard of
the Mexican Caribbean was constructed.
During the 1900's, the area became a major population area,
with a significant production of Coco that reached up to 300
tons monthly.
The lighthouse of Xcalak.
Sunrise in Xcalak
Xcalak pier
Xcalak Carnival
Handcraft made in Xcalak
Street in Xcalak
Xcalak has world class fly fishing
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Sponge coral
Dive at the second largest barrier reef in the world
Xcalak Carnival
Xcalak, Mahahual,Rio Indio, Placer, Uvero