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Xcalak Reefs National Park | Quintana Roo, Mx

Arrecifes Xcalak, the Xcalak Arrefices National Park is located in the Xcalak ejido, this is located on a small point of the mainland on the south coast of Quintana Roo that is part of the entrance to the Chetumal Bay.


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How to get

How to get to Xcalak by public transport:

Since it is located on a small point of mainland on the southern coast of Quintana Roo, which also starts at the entrance to Chetumal Bay, it leaves as the only access a narrow and neglected road (59 km) that runs from Mahahual to Xcalak.

From Mérida Yucatán
Take a bus to the town of Tulum in Quintana Roo ($ 250 approx 4 hours) and transfer to another route to Mahahual ($ 250 mxn 3 hours).

From Mahahual
You must take a very simple transport (truck) to the village Xcalak, it is necessary to mention that it is not very frequent the visit of tourists to this beach, therefore public transport has few hours and is only used by inhabitants of the area they work in Mahahual.

Your options are limited to asking for a ride right in the deviation to Xcalak that is on the road a few kilometers before entering the Mahahual village.

 

NOTE: when you arrive in Xcalak you will notice that there is little tourist activity in the town, especially if you do not travel during the holiday season, go to the citizens and ask about the tourist services they offer.

 

How to get to Xcalak by car:

From the Tulum town in Quintana Roo you must drive on federal highway 307 to the south as if you were going to Chetumal, after driving for about two hours you will see a little marked deviation (if you are distracted you will probably pass the deviation) towards Mahahual on your left side .

When you deviate, you will notice that you are driving on a more rustic right road that will take you to Mahahual, before reaching the town near the gas station there will be the deviation to Xcalak on the right side; from you will be less than an hour.

NOTE: when you arrive in Xcalak you will notice that there is little tourist activity in the town, especially if you do not travel during the holiday season, go to the citizens and ask about the tourist services they offer.

About of

Destination | attraction> Reefs
Xcalak (town and national park of reefs)
Country
Mexico
State
Quintana Roo
Municipality
Othón P. Blanco
Location
Xcalak

 

Description
The Xcalak Arrefices National Park is located in the Xcalak ejido, which is located on a small point of the mainland on the southern coast of Quintana Roo that forms part of the entrance to Chetumal Bay.

It covers an approximate area of ​​17,949,456 ha, of which 13,495 ha correspond to marine ecosystems and 4,543 ha to wetlands, including permanent and temporary lagoons, in this area are diverse interdependent ecosystems, mainly coral reefs, wetlands, coastal lagoons, beaches and jungle.

You can do sport fishing activities, sightseeing, diving and snorkeling on the reef.

 

History
Between 1900 and 1955 Xcalak was an important producer of copra (dried coconut pulp) and fishing in a small proportion; in September of 1995 the cyclone “Janet” devastated the town, many inhabitants did not return and the few families that remained began to rebuild the new Xcalak.

On June 5, 2000, it was declared a protected natural area called “Xcalak Reefs National Park”.

It covers an approximate area of ​​17,949,456 ha, of which 13,495 ha correspond to marine ecosystems and 4,543 ha to wetlands, including permanent and temporary lagoons, in this area are diverse interdependent ecosystems, mainly coral reefs, wetlands, coastal lagoons, beaches and jungle.

This area was also occupied by Mayans in pre-Hispanic times, especially in what is now Chetumal.

 

Tips
You can do sport fishing activities, sightseeing, diving and snorkeling on the reef.

Note: when you arrive in Xcalak you will notice that there is little tourist activity in the town, especially if you do not travel during the holiday season, go to the citizens and ask about the tourist services they offer.

Prices for tickets, activities and transportation may vary over time.

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