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Top 10 non-fishing things to do at Acocote Eco Inn

Written by Rob Mukai on Nov. 25, 2015

So if you know me, the first thing I would want to do on a trip to Xcalak, Mexico would be to go out fly fishing for permit. Now I know that not everyone that comes down here wants to do that, or has a spouse or family that...

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Getting Here - Through Xcalak

Written by Rob Mukai on Nov. 26, 2015

UPDATE: June 14, 2017 - Just put in new signs. And added a couple. One right at the bridge says "Ahead 8KM" and there is one on the beach road that says ahead 700M. Seems like people feel like they have gone too far when they...

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Top 10 things to bring to Acocote Eco Inn

Written by Rob Mukai on Dec. 29, 2015

A question that often comes up when people are coming down to Xcalak for the first time is “what should I bring?” I’ll try to answer that question here.

  1. ID
    • Passport (of course) but also bring your driver’s...
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10 Things to bring for fly fishing in Xcalak, Mexico

Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 04, 2016

You are finally making that salt water fly fishing "Trip of a lifetime" to Xcalak, Mexico. You have your flights and your hotel accommodations set. The last thing you want to do is forget something important while you are...

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Restaurant Review - Gringo Dave - Closed for the season as of Mar 6, 2016

Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 12, 2016

Located right at the entrance to town, Gringo Dave’s sign says International and Wild Seafood. That sounds kind of weird but it is surprisingly delicious. Gringo Dave’s is run by a Japanese man, Go Nakamura, He takes local...

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Leaky Palapa Supper Club - Closed for the season as of May 8, 2016

Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 12, 2016

When I first started coming to Xcalak, going to eat at the Leaky Palapa was always the highlight (Unless you happen to catch a permit ;). Who would expect a fine dining establishment in this remote part of the world? But...

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Toby's Restaurant

Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 20, 2016

Toby’s is in the middle of Xcalak town and serves fresh seafood and more traditional Mexican fare such as tacos and quesadilla as well. Toby’s also has complementary wifi for those that need to stay connected. Although he...

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Silvia's Restaurant

Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 26, 2016

Silvia’s is right next to Toby’s on the main drag of Xcalak, but set back a few yards from the road. Silvia serves fresh seafood and Mexican dishes. All are made to order, so this is not fast food. During the lobster season you...

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Restaurant review - Costa de Cocos

Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 30, 2016

Located inside the Costa de Cocos resort, they brew their own craft beer and distill their own moonshine. The restaurant has Pizza, as well as other traditional dishes, like tacos and even chicken fingers. Their signature pizza...

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Mayan Grill at Tierra Maya

Written by Rob Mukai on Feb. 09, 2016

Update April 13, 2017: Added image of Mayan Grill Menu

Located in the Tierra Maya hotel. The restaurant is in a palapa roofed building with nice wooden furniture. With the Leaky Palapa closed, this is the upper end...

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How to pronounce Xcalak

Written by Leisa Mukai on Jun. 17, 2016

So this is always a difficulty for people new to the Yucatan. Driving down from Cancun to Xcalak and our hotel, one sees numerous places with names that include multiple X’s. Places like Xel-ha, Xcaret, and Xahuayxol are...

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What groceries to buy when coming to Xcalak

Written by Rob Mukai on Jul. 07, 2016

Because our Xcalak hotel has full kitchens in each suite, many of our guests like to cook their own meals for at least some of their stay. One issue we have is that there are no grocery stores here in Xcalak. We have a few...

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Day Trips from Xcalak - Chacchoben Ruins

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 07, 2016

Overview

Chacchoben (Chalk-Choe Ben), was discovered by a Yucatec Mayan man named Serviliano Cohuo. in 1942. Serviliano built his home at the base of the Basamento and lived there as the honorary guard of the ruins...

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Day Trips from Xcalak - San Filipe Museum Bacalar

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 07, 2016

Overview

San Filipe Museum in Bacalar is located in San Filipe Fort on the main square of the Pueblo Magico. It overlooks Bacalar lagoon, the lagoon of 7 colors. The fort itself was built in 1733 to defend the town...

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Cenotes - Grand Cenote

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

Located just outside of Tulum on the road to Coba, Gran Cenote has probably the nicest facilities of any of the cenotes we have been to. They have clean changing rooms, and lockers. The grass is manicured....

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Cenotes - Cenote Calavera/Temple of Doom

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

This cenote is very close to Tulum (walking distance from the San Francisco grocery store) on the road to Coba. Calavera means skull and it's obvious why. It has a large opening and two small openings....

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Cenotes - Zacil Ha

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

This is on the road to Coba out of Tulum. We actually didn’t go into this one. Just checked it out and took some pictures, so I can’t tell you about the water temp. Though a good guess would be around 70...

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Cenotes - Car Wash

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

Located on the road to Coba out of Tulum. We actually didn’t go in to this one. It is a surface cenote that taxi driver’s used to use to wash their cars. When we arrived, the water was a murky green that...

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Cenotes - Dos Ojos

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

About mid-way between Akumal and Tulum on highway 307 on the west side of the road is a clump of cenotes centered on Dos Ojos (or two eyes). It is a bit confusing, since when you come off of the highway...

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Cenotes - Casa Cenote

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

Casa Cenote is a few minutes north of Tulum off of 307 on Tankah bay. It is a surface cenote and because it is on the east side it is very close to the ocean and the water definitely has some salt in it....

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Cenotes - Jaguar Cenote

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

Jaguar is on the bumpy road to Dos Ojos. We didn’t actually go in but were able to take some pictures. It had a couple of platforms to jump in as well as a zip line. If I had to guess, it is about the same...

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Cenotes - Yax Kin

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

We actually didn’t get to swim here because we couldn’t find anyone taking money. But we were able to take some pictures. It is a pretty large surface cenote with crystal clear water. Looks like it would...

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Cenotes - 7 Bocas

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

7 Bocas is on the Ruta de los cenotes. You pick it up heading west from Puerto Morelos. This one is a cavern cenote that goes up to 500 feet deep. Definitely try going close to mid-day as most of the bocas...

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Cenotes - Jardin del Eden (Garden of Eden)

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

Jardin del Eden is in a group of four cenotes just south of Puerto Aventuras across from the Barcelo Maya Hotel. It has a couple of smaller pools and one main pool. The main cenote has two areas to do some...

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Cenotes - Cenote Azul

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

Cenote Azul is right next door to Jardin del Eden on 307 near Puerto Aventuras. We actually didn’t go into the water there, although I am sure it is similar to Jardin del Eden. The reason was we couldn’t...

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Day Trips from Xcalak - Tulum Ruins1

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 16, 2016

Overview

After Chichen Itza, Tulum is probably the most visited ruin in the Yucatan. You will likely see 30-40 tour buses in the parking lot but it is a very large site and can handle the crowds. There is a large...

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Day Trips from Xcalak - Coba

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 16, 2016

Overview

Again not quite a day trip. This is a ruin that is just west of Tulum. So it is more of a stop on the way driving from Cancun, or on your way back. Coba has the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan. It is also...

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Day Trips from Xcalak - Muyil

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 16, 2016

Overview

A bit of a misnomer as this is a ruin that is just south of Tulum. So it is more of a stop on the way driving from Cancun, or on your way back than a day trip. It is a smaller site. Compared to Tulum, or...

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Day Trips from Xcalak - Dzibanche

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 16, 2016

Overview

Dzibanche (jih-Bahn-chay), means “writing on wood”. It was so named because of the large wooden lintels that were found in one of the pyramids. Dzibanche was inhabited during the classic Mayan period, and...

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Day Trips from Xcalak - Kohunlich

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 16, 2016

Overview

Kohunlich (koh-Hoon-litch), is a Mayan derivation of Cohune Ridge. It was so named because of the Cohune palms that grew there. The original name of the site is unknown. The site was initially settled as...

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Day Trips from Xcalak - Mayan Cultural Museum

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 17, 2016

Overview

The Mayan Cultural Museum is located in downtown Chetumal. Its right off the main drag or Avenida Heroes right next to the market. It has two floors and air conditioning, which is a godsend if you have been...

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Restaurant Review - Asadero El Pollo

Written by Rob Mukai on Sep. 18, 2016

So I am a bit of a foody, and one of the things I like is finding out of the way eateries that are punching way above their weight class. Sometimes it’s a pastry cart in Bangkok, or an Oden cart in Tokyo on a winter’s day that...

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Restaurant Review - El Pocito

Written by Rob Mukai on Sep. 18, 2016

When coming to Xcalak, sometimes flights force you to spend a night or two in Cancun. If you are like me and the thought of going to a Señor Frogs or Coco Bongo for dinner makes your skin crawl, I have a different type of...

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The Cenote Report

Written by Rob Mukai on Sep. 18, 2016

Cenotes are sink holes. The geology of the Yucatan is of a lot of limestone, with all flowing fresh water underground in systems of caves and underground rivers. The caves contain stalactites and stalagmites as water filters...

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Where to stay on the way to Xcalak

Written by Rob Mukai on Oct. 02, 2016

If your flight into Cancun arrives much after 12:00 pm, you may be better off spending the night in either Cancun or Tulum. So assume you have an hour to hour and a half to get through immigration and customs at the...

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Frequently Asked Questions Coming to Xcalak, Mexico

Written by Rob Mukai on Oct. 07, 2016

What is your check-in/checkout time?

Checkin time is anytime after 2:00 pm. Although we do request that you don’t arrive too late. And if you are planning to, please let us know in advance. Checkout time is 11:00 am....

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Restaurant Review - Savora Bakhalal

Written by Rob Mukai on Dec. 30, 2016

If you are on a daytrip to Bacalar, or to the ruins at Dzibanche and you want to get some good food. Give Savora Bakhalal a try. It is an Italian...

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Restaurant Review - Porque No Gelato

Written by Rob Mukai on Dec. 31, 2016

Right on the main square in Bacalar, there is a small gelato shop called Porque No (means Why Not?). And indeed why not get a hand made gelato or sorebeto made with fresh fruit, on a hot day in Bacalar. If you are in...

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San Pedro, Belize - Day Trips from Xcalak, Mexico

Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 28, 2017

Overview

So Xcalak is only 7 miles from the border with Belize. You can take a panga from Xcalak and an hour and a half later you are in San Pedro.

San Pedro, is a hopping town and one of the biggest tourist...

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Los Rapidos – Day Trips from Xcalak, Mexico

Written by Rob Mukai on Apr. 30, 2017

Located at mile marker 8 KM on route 307 between Chetumal and Bacalar is the restaurant at Los Rapidos. It is located on a creek that connects the Xul-ha Lagoon and Bacalar lagoon. The difference in elevation is enough to...

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Daytrips from Xcalak – El Palmar Balneario

Written by Rob Mukai on Jun. 16, 2017

Overview

Palmar is an interesting little place that is not in your normal tourist literature. This is not sparkling white elegance on the beach. It is way off the beaten track, but if you are going to [Kohunlich](...

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