Enjoy the view from your own private villa overlooking the Great Mayan Barrier Reef in the Caribbean Sea which is the second largest barrier reef in the world. The sea in front of the house offers great diving with the Posa Rica and excellent snorkeling. Xcalak is famous for fly fishing in the flats of Chetumal Bay and renowned for its world class diving with Banco Chinchoro.
It’s a natural paradise with many more activities such as kayaking, biking, beach walking, canoeing in our lagoon or simply relaxing with a good book.
• Sports and Leisure
Between the house’s beach and the reef exist many coral heads that can be explored by snorkelling and kayaking. We do a lot of snorkelling and it would be a pleasure to show these to you. Great pictures can be taken (see “PHOTOS Marine Wildlife”).
Fishing lovers will enjoy coming to Xcalak which is world renown for it’s fly fishing and sport fishing.
Following the beach road, you can reach by bike or car, Punta Gavillan’s lighthouse which is 6 km (4 miles) north.
A peaceful fishermen’s village, Xcalak has many small local restaurants to please all.
• BOAT TRIPS
Costa de Cocos (6.1 km from Casa Caracola) offers boat trips to Bird Island and San Pedro, Belize. They also have fishing and fly fishing service as well as scuba diving excursions and training.
XTC Dive Center in Xcalak has exclusive access to Banco Chinchorro, the largest coral atoll on the Great Mayan Reef, classified as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. This is the most extensive reef system in Mexico and has been declared a national marine sanctuary. Their full service dive center offers PADI, NAUI and SDI diving instructions as well as various other boat trips.
Many private trips can be organized with local fishermen and our caretaker can also take small groups out.
• CAR TRIPS
Our favourite : A day trip to the Mayan ruins of Kohunlich « The Temple of the Masks » and Dzibanche where you can see wild monkeys (spider and howlers). These are near Chetumal.
And don’t miss the Mayan Ruins of Chaccoben near Limones.
Discover the remarkable Mayan Museum of Chetumal (Quintana Roo’s capital city).
Organise a day trip to Cenote Azul and Bacalar with a boat ride on the « Laguna de 7 colores ».
For shopping, try Mahahual, a seaside resort with also many restaurants.