Among the places linked to ecological tourism and nature, we cannot leave out the fact that the south of Quintana Roo has an important destination called “ Xcalak Marine Park”, which forms part of the barrier reef names “ Mesoamerican Reef System” which is considered the second largest barrier reef in the world. In Xcalak you can find a rich marine biodiversity and a scenic beauty that turns it into a unique destination for the nature loving tourism. The prestige of the Xcalak Marine Park is owed overall to the fact that it is considered a divers paradise, those who enjoy the ecotouristic activities and sea lovers like sports fishing and fly fishing and the peaceful ambience of a tranquil fishing town.
Although it is one of the oldest communities in the south of Quintana Roo, it is still considered a virgen destination located in the south of Costa Maya. It is important to mention that some of the towns date back to the pre hispanic era. You can still see vestiges of some buildings in the zone.
In May of 1900, Xcalak villa was founded by the Mexican Armada in efforts to establish a control post in the area. This is where the first shipyard was built in the Mexican Caribbean. During the 1900, it was turned into an important establishment reknown for its coconut production which at one point reached 300 tons a month. In this day and age it is a quiet fishing village, which cares deeply for the environment and natural resources, for which it is constantly visited by tourists looking for peace and quiet in a natural environment.
How to arrive
By car: In order to reach the Xcalak Marine Park from Chetumal take the 186 highway (Chetumal-Villahermosa) and follow it onto the 307 (Chetumal-Cancun). Continue for approximately 50 minutes, take the turn to the right at Cafetal-Mahahahual. Follow this road for 55 kilometers and you will find a turn off leading to Xcalak. Follow this turn off for 65 kilometers then turn left for 500 meters and you will have arrived at Xcalak.
By Public Transportation: You may ask for vans leaving for Chetumal at the ADO bus station located behind the Museum of Mayan Culture.It has two departures daily, one at 5:40 am and another at 4:10 pm. The cost is of $100.00 MXN per person. From the ADO terminal located on Insurgentes there are many departures beginning at 6:00 am, we highly recommend that you ask about times. The cost is of $100.00 MXN per person.