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Playa Xcalak Review
Far from the bustling beaches of Riviera Maya, Playa Xcalak is remarkably tranquil. As the southernmost town on the Mexican Caribbean coast, Xcalak borders the Caribbean Sea to the east and Chetumal Bay to the west, creating a biodiverse ecosystem made up of coral reefs (15 miles of protected reef), mangroves, rivers, lagoons, and bays. Sections of the beach connect to a network of protected mangroves where manatees frequent. The white-sand beach stretches for miles, and the offshore reef of nearby Banco Chinchorro is great for snorkeling, diving, and fishing. However, much of the sand has been eaten away by past hurricanes, narrowing the shore. Although that makes strolling a chore, the isolated location means you'll likely be alone on the beach. Waters are pristine and placid, making this one of the area's best spots for swimming, kayaking, or just a day in the sun. Amenities: food and drink. Best for: snorkeling; swimming.
- Address: Xcalak, Quintana Roo
- Location: Xcalak
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