Tag Archives: Beaches & Cenotes

Xcalacoco Beach in Playa del Carmen

Beautiful beach Playa Xcalacoco just North of Playa del Carmen

Xcalacoco Beach is a well-kept public beach, used and visited by locals & residents of the surrounding communities of Lol Tun, Privanza del Mar, Lol Ka Tun etc. Xcalacoco is located between two hotels, Le Reve Hotel & Spa, a small boutique hotel and the Azul Fives Resort. However, the beach is usually quiet. Most of the guest of the resort stay in one of their several pools.

The water at Xcalacoco is often very calm and parts of the beach are rocky. Because Xcalacoco beach is public, there is no service, so you need to bring your own drinks, snacks, towels & chairs. Please take care of the environment, take your trash with you, and please don`t leave cigarette buds in the sand. A lifeguard should be on duty.  For all who do want service, there is a public beach club of the Selvamar community close by. Please visit their Facebbok page page for more information.

How to get to Playa Xcalacoco from Playa del Carmen?

There is no public transportation, so you need to drive, but please note parking is very limited. Xcalacoco Beach therefore is perfect for all the people vacationing/living in the gated communities nearby like Lol Tun, Privanza del Mar or Lol Ka Tun. With a bike, you need at the most 7 minutes to the beach. On your way stop at the convenience store called OxxO that sells everything you need for a beach day, including cold beer.

Driving Instructions to Xcalacoco Beach Playa del Carmen

Coming from Playa del Carmen drive on the 307-highway direction Cancun. Go past the entrance to Grand Coral/Nick Price Residences. At the traffic light (at the Coco Cola factory), turn right on the road. Drive down the road. You will pass the gated communities of Lol Tun, Balam Tun (here you can find the convenience store OxxO), Privanza del Mar and Lol Ka Tun until you come to the Azul Fives Resort. Follow the street and you will see a small public beach access. If you come to Le Reve Hotel & Spa you passed the entrance. As mentioned parking is very limited! But this also means, that not many people come to this beach.

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CENOTE IK-KIL – YUCATÁN

Ik Kil is a well known cenote outside Pisté in the Tinúm Municipality, YucatánMexico. It is located in the northern center of the Yucatán Peninsula and is part of the Ik Kil Archeological Park near Chichen Itza. It is open to the public for swimming and is often included in bus tours.

The cenote is open to the sky with the water level about 26 metres (85 ft) below ground level. There is a carved stairway down to a swimming platform. The cenote is about 60 metres (200 ft) in diameter and about 40 metres (130 ft) deep.

There are vines which reach from the opening all the way down to the water along with small waterfalls. There are black catfish which swim in the cenote. Cenote Ik Kil is sacred to the Mayans and the Mayans used this cenote for both relaxation and ritual services.

The cenote is part of a larger complex of a restaurant, store, changing rooms, and cottages for rent. There is also a Mayan ruin on the site.

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