The table below contains the distances from Xcalak to other
cities of sites of special interest:
The times listed above are based on a speed of 70 to 80 kms/hour and regular
and time are approximations. All roads are in good conditions. Local times
are measured on the main road from Xcalak to Mahahual (Majahual) which is
asphalt (the beach road is sand).
time on the Mahahual (Majahual) - Cafetal - Chetumal route has improved
due to the new road.
For driving in Mexico you need a valid driver's
license from you home country. Renting a car can be done in most mayor cities.
A credit card or high deposit (approx. 5000 pesos) is required. Always include
an insurance when renting a car. The cost of renting a car range from 30 USD
(Beetle) to 100 USD (Dodge Voyager) in low season. In high season add 20 %.
Different insurances can be bought:
Additional Liability Insurance
- For claims against injury/death or property damage.
Personal Accident Insurance
- Covers medical expenses for driver and passangers.
Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)
- Covers damage as a result of an accident to the car.
Loss Damage Waiver - Covers
loss or damage to the car in case of an accident or theft.
The insurance listed abouve range from 5
to 25 USD.
driving in Mexico be aware that the conditions are different from your home
country. On most Mexican roads you will encouter topes. These topes are placed
on the road to reduce the speed of the cars. Be carefull when you cross them.
from Cancun or Cozumel take the highway 307. This highway is in excellent
state. The highway 307 is being extended to a four lane road. If you are coming
from Cancun, you should fill up your tank in the town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto.
It is the last gas station before Xcalak. If you are coming from Chetumal
fill up your tank in Chetumal. You can buy gas in Xcalak at Loncheria Silvia
most of the time but it will be more expensive.
For safety of the villagers the highway contains topes near the villages.
The topes are always marked with signs 200 m before the tope. If you happened
to hit a tope at full speed you can be sure the car will not run anymore after
that. There will be mayan's trying to sell fruit and Mennonites trying to
sell cheese while you try to take the tope. A short distance after you pass
through Los Limones from Cancun, take a left off of Highway 307 at the (overhead)
sign to Mahahual (Majahual).
Coming from Chetumal turn right just before Los Limones. After 50 kilometers,
take a right on the road to Xcalak. There is a military checkpoint at the
intersection. After 60 kilometers, you will come to a "T" intersection
where you take a left and enter the town after a couple of kilometers.
Coming from Merida take Highway 261 in south east direction. At Muna turn
left on Route 184 through small Mexican villages and haciendas to Felippe
Carillo Puerto (3 hrs). After that follow the route as described above from
Cancun. The trip will take about 6 hours.
In Xcalak the roads are unpaved. When entering Xcalak, the road curves to
the left around the soccer field. Take the 2nd left and continue down this
road. You are now in the center of Xcalak. From here you can drive to the
hotels North and south of town.
For some shorter distances taxies can be used. Here is an overview
of the approximate costs:
||Costs roundtrip [pesos]
Pedro Antonio de los Santos
||Mahahual (Majahual) port
is a daily bus from Chetumal main station to Xcalak. The bus leaves around
6:00 am and 14:00 pm hrs and takes about 4 hours to arrive in Xcalak /
Mahahual (Majahual). From Xcalak the bus returns around 10:00 am and 18:00
PM from the dock of Xcalak to Chetumal.
From Playa Del Carmen and Tulum South to Chetumal you need to get off in Limones
(about an hour after Felipe Carillo Puerto) and catch one of the 2 buses/day
from Chetumal to Xcalak (via Limones). The morning bus goes through Limones
at about 7:30 and the afternoon bus goes through about 5:30 give or take 30
The Mayab bus schedule leaving from Limones is going north at
6:30am, 8:00, 8:30, 10:00, 11:45, 1:30pm, 3:00, 3:45, 5 and 6.
The ADO buses don't stop in Limones, you
have to catch it in Chetumal.
dock on the Chetumal Bay side has just been finished. The dock is a few Km
west of Xcalak. In the very near future there will be a daily service linking
Chetumal to the Costa Maya within in a one hour reach.
By the time the ferry is operating there will probably be a taxi service to
the village. Until that time is wise to make a pick up agreement with one
of the local hotels.
If you are comming from San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, Belize, you can ask
XTC diving to pick you up for 150 USD during
the week and 200 USD in the weekend (price for the boat with maximum 8 people).
Xcalak is an unavoidable destination when
traveling between Mexico and Belize. Xcalak is the point of entry/exit for
Mexico in the Caribbean. On average there are 5 to 10 ships laying in front
of the Xcalak beach. Be very careful when entering the Xcalak waters. There
is just a small opening in front of the dock.
newly built dock in Mahahual (Majahual) receives cruise ships on an almost daily basis.
The ships stay at Mahahual (Majahual) from about 9:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs. You can take
a taxi from Mahahual (Majahual) to Xcalak if there is one available. It should be less
than one hour to reach Xcalak. The details of the cruise ship time tables
can be checked on the web site of Puerto
Mexico Ferry will start operating a ferry in November 2004. The ferry is
called Yucatan Explorer and will run from Tampa to Progresso and Cancun.
The 480 miles trip takes
be 99 USD.
schedule is from Friday, November 22 to Wednesday, April 23:
Times are local. Approximate sailing time is 35 hours.
You can get more info on:
are no scheduled flights to Xcalak. Instead there are chartered air
plane flights to Xcalak (there is a small local airport just east of town).
Playa Del Carmen to xcalak is approx. 925 dlls one way, the price is for the
airplane, up to 5 persons, and you have to add the taxes.
The companies that have this service are Aero Costa (from Cancun), Aero Saab,
Aero Ferinco, Aero Charter de Mexico.
are no scheduled flights to Mahahual (Majahual). Instead there are chartered
air plane flights to Mahahual (Majahual) (there is a large airport just
east of town). One such charter company is called AeroCosta and they have
flights from Cancun to Mahahual (Majahual). Mahahual (Majahual) is about 65 Km from Xcalak by
or taxi. At this very moment the Mahahual (Majahual) airport is adjusted to enable the
reception of international flights.
Chetumal has scheduled national flights from most Mexican
airlines. It is about 3 hours by car to Xcalak. Amongst others Aeromexico
and Mexicana have regular
flights to Chetumal.
Cancun has many international flights from all over the
world by many major airlines. It is about 5 1/2 hours by car to Xcalak.