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.
History 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. More information and bookings in Xcalak you can visit xcalak.tv by clicking here - - - - - - - - - - - - -