The Xcalak Reef in the Costa Maya is part of the Mesoamerican Caribbean Reef System, the second largest barrier reef in the world.
There is located one of the most important ecosystems that develop in tropical waters. Corals, fish, crustaceans, algae, mollusks, echinoderms and various kinds of marine organisms coexist on this reef.
The Arrecifes de Xcalak National Park is located in the Othón Pompeyo Blanco municipality of Quintana Roo and is an area that is protected by federal authorities. It is located near the border with Belize and is a place where foreign visitors arrive more frequently than Mexicans themselves.
Xcalak is a small beauty
The town of Xcalak has 400 inhabitants, and until several years ago the local people were engaged in the traditional fishing of this region. Here tourists have the possibility of fly fishing, to catch species such as tuna, barracuda, snapper, tarpon and sierra.
The few hotels that the town has are with few rooms and generally foreigners who have chosen to stay. For this reason, the cost of accommodation is on average USD 80 per night, although the price varies depending on the time of year.
Xcalak It also offers an area for couples known as Playa Sonrisa, this unspoiled corner of the Mexican Caribbean is considered one of the sites with enormous ecotourism potential within the Costa Maya.
The Xcalak Reef, a unique place
With the most varied shades of blue, which are reflected in the fine white sand of the beach, the attractions of the Arrecife Xcalak National Park are varied and for all tastes. One of the characteristics is the low presence of people, which allows a personalized service and enjoy the natural beauties with great tranquility.
Fishing, together with diving and snorkel, are one of the most important activities that this part of the state of Quintana Roo offers. The crystal clear water allows you to admire the most diverse multicolored fish, anemones and crustaceans. In addition, it is an area where lobster and queen conch abound.
Within the protected natural areas that can be found in the Xcalak Reef, on the Costa Maya, there is an area known as ‘La Poza’. This reef structure has an area of 17,377 hectares and a morphology with coral formations containing rich biodiversity, scenic beauty and the Río Huache lagoon, a unique area with direct communication to the sea.
78 species of fish can be found here, all of which are of vital commercial importance. Snapper, cabrilla, and white mojarra stand out among others. Other animal species such as manatees, tapirs and weasels can also be found in the area.
The Costa Maya is full of magic and underwater beauty, with ecosystems to value and preserve to continue enjoying the natural beauty that the Xcalak Reef National Park offers throughout this region of Quintana Roo facing the Caribbean Sea.