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Costa Maya > Xcalak - the end of the road

On the southern most tip of the Costa Maya Peninsula, far from the cruise ship activity in Mahahual lies Xcalak (eSHKa-lak). Its a sleepy little ex-pat beachfront community with several good restaurants, diving and fishing. There are a few small hotels, a dive shop and small mini-supers where you can purchase canned goods, sodas and beers.

Xcalak was once a bustling little port importing goods from Belize. Had it not been destroyed in 1955 by hurricane Janet, it might have become Quintana Roo's capital. You can still get a boat from Xcalak to Belize for the day (reservations required in advance). If you are staying at Mayan Beach Garden, we can arrange that for you.


  • Diving with trips to Chinchorro
  • Fishing
  • Day excursions to Belize
  • Snorkel
  • Restaurants

Xcalak beachfront Blues Festival
Xcalak hosts a yearly blues festival the last week in April. According to Xcalak Polly, "The story goes like this-in 2006 a guy (Jonny O) turned up at Don Murphy's Son Risa Hotel without a reservation. Turns out he was supposed to be playing the blues in Cuba with the rest of his band, but, not having the right visa he couldn't go. Instead, he just came on down to the end of the road, found Murph, who just happened to be a huge blues fan and had been to see Jonny O band in the States. So of course he went to the Leaky Palapa and played for us. In 2007, the whole Jonny O band came plus a band from Chetumal. In 2008, it had sponsor and 4 groups in addition to Johnny O! bigger and better each year." The festival is nonprofit with all proceeds going to various causes. In 2008 all profits went to Hurricane Dean victims. Costa Maya Blues Festival

Driving directions from 307

  • Turn towards Mahahual and the Costa Maya Port at Cafetal junction.
  • Continue for about 50 kilometers until you come to the intersection to Xcalak.
  • Turn right on the paved road and continue on for about 70 km. when the road ends, turn left and follow the signs to Xcalak.
Costa Maya blues festival in Xcalak, April 2008.

Recommended when you are in town:

Leaky Palapa Restaurant
Open Fri./Sat./Sun. for dinner during high season

(reservations recommended)
closed in the summer