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Xcalak Mexico, one of the last traditional fishing villages on the Riviera. Pics pg 2
This isn't a trip for everyone but for those looking for a trip off the grid a bit, I would like to introduce you Xcalak Mexico. It is located on the southernmost tip of the Mexican Riveria, on a peninsula about 1.5 hours boat ride north of San Pedro Belize. The small fishing village of ~400 people sits on the second largest coral reef in the world. The area is known for world-class saltwater fly fishing (grand slam is very possible) and diving. A reef wall runs a couple of hundred yards off the coast, providing shallow snorkeling inside the reef and deep water diving outside.

My wife and I have visited twice, once on our honeymoon in 2001 and once last year. We brought our 9-year-old son on the second trip. We stayed in the same bed and breakfast both trips. The 6 room hotel, sits, 30 yards from the water. Designed by an architect from the US, they have retired selling to the current owners. The town of Xcalak has power, but Sin Dudas does not. They operate on solar, generators, cistern and water delivery in the dry months. Room cost is ~$100-$150 per night. Sin Duda has been part of Trip Advisor's Travel Choice Awards for the past couple of years. Sin Duda Villa Website


The town has a couple of restaurants, and specialize in fresh fish. In addition, there is a food truck that visits a couple of times a week and the B&B has kitchens in some of the rooms and a communal kitchen for those rooms without a kitchen. There is even a local pizza delivery place. We ate in the restaurants, cooked from the food from the food truck, both as a family and a group cook with others visitors.


Access to this part of Mexico is limited. The best way is flying into Cancun and driving south, last time we visited we spent a couple of days in Playa (great town) and then rented a car for the additional 4 hours drive south. American Car Rental Company. comes highly recommended for cars rentals and their price includes full insurance which is really needed when driving in Mexico. We withheld our second trip to the Xcalak for a couple of years due to fear of violence, but further research found little reason to be concerned in this part of the country. The most dangerous part of the drive is the last 60 km. The less than 20 year old road is in good shape but due to the lack of cars, the jungle is creeping in on the road, making it one lane in most places. Even though we passed only a couple of cars along this area, encountering one in a curve would have been very bad.


The trip to an from Xcalak passes a number of Mayan ruins both on and off the beaten path, including Tulum. There are caves and cenotes scattered along the drive also.


Some pics from our latest trip and Sin Duna's facebook page:


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Nightly margaritas for the evening get together for all the guest, courtesy of the host.

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Food Truck

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Local Lunch Spot

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Reef, less than 50 yards from shore, sits in 4-8' of water

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Some of the Fly Fishing available in the area

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re: Xcalak Mexico, one of the last traditional fishing villages on the Riviera. Pics pg 2
I thought earlier, "I wonder how long until Xcalak is mentioned"

Have an upvote.


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re: Xcalak Mexico, one of the last traditional fishing villages on the Riviera. Pics pg 2
Just trying to pass along the greatness of this place.


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re: Xcalak Mexico, one of the last traditional fishing villages on the Riviera. Pics pg 2
What was the total cost of your trip if you don't mind me asking?


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re: Xcalak Mexico, one of the last traditional fishing villages on the Riviera. Pics pg 2
Last time we went, including airfare, 8 nights total, 3 in Playa, 4 in Xcalak, 1 in cancun, car rental, transfers, food, excursions, it was under $4k. That was for 3 people. $1400 airfare, $1000 in rooms, car was ~$400 spent more for food in Playa, very little in Xcalak.

Trip could be done for less if you head directly to Xcalak and skip Playa, but I really like Playa for a couple of nights.
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re: Xcalak Mexico, one of the last traditional fishing villages on the Riviera. Pics pg 2
Was there any crime to worry about?


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re: Xcalak Mexico, one of the last traditional fishing villages on the Riviera. Pics pg 2
We had no issues and never felt threatened. In Playa we stayed in an apartment we rented on AirBnB. The owner drove us around to show us the changes to the city since our last visit and he said there was minimal crime in the city. He was Canadian with a Mexican wife and they had moved from Acapulco due to cartels invading. He said while a few drugs traveled through the area it was minimal compared to the rest of the country and the government was really focused on keeping the area safe.

Sin Duda sends an email with places to stop for food, excursions, etc. They also explain how to deal with a cop looking for a bribe. The directions are very detailed. Every now and then the problem of a cop trying to shake down tourist for money comes up on the Xcalak facebook page, those cops are normally identified and handled from the top down pretty quickly.


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re: Xcalak Mexico, one of the last traditional fishing villages on the Riviera. Pics pg 2
Damn I want to go. Also want to go Tarpon fishing in Costa Rica


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re: Xcalak Mexico, one of the last traditional fishing villages on the Riviera. Pics pg 2
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Also want to go Tarpon fishing in Costa Rica


They have tarpon there, most are on the smaller side but they catch plenty... Tarpon, permit, bones, jack, and cuda...


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re: Xcalak Mexico, one of the last traditional fishing villages on the Riviera. Pics pg 2
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They also explain how to deal with a cop looking for a bribe. The directions are very detailed. Every now and then the problem of a cop trying to shake down tourist for money comes up on the Xcalak facebook page, those cops are normally identified and handled from the top down pretty quickly.


Nahh I'm good. I'll stick to Isla Mujeres and Playa Del Carmen via ADO bus thank you very much.


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re: Xcalak Mexico, one of the last traditional fishing villages on the Riviera. Pics pg 2
I understand this trip isn't for everyone, but it is for some. Hell in 14 years between our visits we went from no phone (cell or line), no gas stations within 2 hours, no internet and the hotel communicating with the only restaurant via CB radio. The hotel would call the restaurant the night before and tell them what type of seafood you wanted to eat the next day and when they were out diving they would catch whatever you wanted.
We had zero communication to the outside world.

Now there is a gas station only 1 hour away. There is wifi and a generator for power at night as needed when the batteries get low. It isn't luxurious and there isn't someone to cater to your every need, but it does fill a demand and desire for those that like to get off the beaten path, away from crowds. I felt comfortable enough to bring my son on the last trip and I'm glad he got to see that side of Mexico, it won't last forever.


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re: Xcalak Mexico, one of the last traditional fishing villages on the Riviera. Pics pg 2
i'm not here to give you a hard time. And i understand about wanting to get off the beaten path away from the crowds. Playa is definitely fun but only in limited quantities because of the crowds.

I'm telling you though, you are unecessarily putting your life and your family's lives in danger.
Why on earth would you drive that road(i went to street view on Google Earth and checked it out myself) to that place with your kids, putting yourself at the mercy of the crooked arse police and maybe some even more sinister people along the way.
Dude, you're brave taking your family there.

If you've never been to Isla Mujeres i would seriously consider it for your next Mexican trip.
Very safe and nowhere near as busy and crowded as Cancun or Playa.


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re: Xcalak Mexico, one of the last traditional fishing villages on the Riviera. Pics pg 2
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I'm telling you though, you are unecessarily putting your life and your family's lives in danger.
Why on earth would you drive that road(i went to street view on Google Earth and checked it out myself) to that place with your kids, putting yourself at the mercy of the crooked arse police and maybe some even more sinister people along the way.
Dude, you're brave taking your family there.



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re: Xcalak Mexico, one of the last traditional fishing villages on the Riviera. Pics pg 2
that's kind of generic don't you think? They don't expect Americans to be driving themselves down that stretch of road.
Only way i would go there is if i had Mexican transportation. Period.


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re: Xcalak Mexico, one of the last traditional fishing villages on the Riviera. Pics pg 2
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that's kind of generic don't you think? They don't expect Americans to be driving themselves down that stretch of road.
Only way i would go there is if i had Mexican transportation. Period.


Why American's drive themselves around down there all the time. Mahahual is a cruise ship port with limited activities. It is common.


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re: Xcalak Mexico, one of the last traditional fishing villages on the Riviera. Pics pg 2
that just doesn't look all that appealing to me. Glad you like it. LINK


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re: Xcalak Mexico, one of the last traditional fishing villages on the Riviera. Pics pg 2
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that just doesn't look all that appealing to me. Glad you like it. LINK



Tell us where Xcalak touched you...

I mean it is in the top 25 bed and breakfast/ inns in Mexico for 2 years in a row. There is some of the best fly fishing and diving around. Reviews are excellent, you are the type of person that needs to stay far away from here.


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re: Xcalak Mexico, one of the last traditional fishing villages on the Riviera. Pics pg 2
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Tell us where Xcalak touched you...
i said glad you liked it. Looks like a shite hole to me.

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you are the type of person that needs to stay far away from here.
yeah. .A 4 hour drive from Cancun airport. Won't catch me anywhere around there even if it weren't such a dump.


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re: Xcalak Mexico, one of the last traditional fishing villages on the Riviera. Pics pg 2
Thanks for the review. That's an awesome looking place.

Maybe meauxjeaux is mad that you're giving away his secret spot, hoping to deter others from going


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re: Xcalak Mexico, one of the last traditional fishing villages on the Riviera. Pics pg 2
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Isla Mujeres


Heading there in July


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