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Xcalak Travel Tips

Reef Diving near Xcalak Vacation Rentals

Xcalak, located in the south end of Quintana Roo, is well-known for its reef systems which form a barrier between Xcalak and the major portion of the Caribbean Sea. Because the large coral reefs are easily accessible from Xcalak, there are several companies which offer diving trips to the reefs. This is better than most diving spots, as there are dozens of types of sea creatures around the reef which live only in coral reefs.

Only an hour and a half away from Xcalak by boat is Banco Chinchorro, an atoll with dive sites that provide an insight into maritime history. The east side of Banco Chinchorro is the site of at least 10 shipwrecks, due to the nearby reef which stranded unsuspecting Spanish ships on the coast. Banco Chinchorro is also the largest atoll in the northern hemisphere, and definitely worth visiting while staying in Xcalak villas.

Cenote Dive and Snorkel While Staying in Quintana Roo Condos

If you would rather dive in calmer waters, Xcalak villas are also close to several dive sites called cenotes. Cenotes are large, natural eroded inland caves filled with water. The largest of these is Cenote Azul, which is 600 feet across and over 290 feet deep. Cenote Azul is a mystical dive experience, with fresh water fish and a strangely eroded landscape, with nicely warm water.

There are also many shallow locations along the beach and near the reef where visitors can go snorkeling. You can even snorkel in a few places at Banco Chinchorro, so even if you prefer not to dive, you can see the shipwrecks of Banco Chinchorro. Xcalak’s many Quintana Roo condos provide an excellent place to stay while exploring this part of Spanish history, because they are both comfortable and convenient.

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