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Xcalak, pronounced [SHKA•LAK], is a small Fishermen's Village of 400 inhabitants and life flows slow.

Infrastructure development is slowly increasing the standard of living for the native population, however due to environmental laws the area is protected against large scale tourism. Restrictions have strong focus on Xcalak's pristine environment preservation avoiding construction of big hotel infrastructures like Cancun.

In the last decade several small restaurants and hotels have settled in town and along the coast. These places have a familiar atmosphere and serve nice dishes. For more information view our list Lodging in Xcalak.

Xcalak area is well known for snorkeling and scuba diving and bird watching. The village of Xcalak lies within the Xcalak National Reef Park that protects the Meso American Reef which lies along the Costa Maya coast.
On the south side of the park there is a mangrove area with the river Boca Bacalar chico, habitat of beautiful kinds of birds and other animals. Many people visit that area to see the beautiful flora and fauna.

Town Xcalak
In front of Xcalak you will find a unique reef wall in Mexico called "La Poza", at a shallower level than other coral reef formations in the area. It's the home of a rich diversity of aquatic flora and fauna, including several species of coral, fish, mollusks, crustaceans and other marina organism.

From Xcalak you can easily reach San Pedro in Belize, the best way to get there is by boat. The trip, all inside coral barrier, will take about 1 hour and a half.
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