The town of Xcalak is the southernmost town on the Mexican side of the Mexico-Belize border, just a few kilometers north of the border
Places on the frontier have a certain magnetism. People who inhabit and visit these places are, for the most part, outliers seeking respite from the rat race, whether it be for one day, one week or one decade.
They most-often share a certain self-reliance and common interests that are the basis for life-long friendships made seaside over after-diving beers while engaging in meaningful conversations with people from half-way around the world or even from up the street.
Xcalak is the antithesis of massive, all-inclusive resorts where the experience is designed to keep people busy all day, everyday with activities.
Upon a first impression, it would be possible to dismiss Xcalak as a sleepy fishing town where not much happens. However, if one puts in a bit of effort, takes a bike ride into town and strikes up a conversation with one of Xcalak´s many bilingual residents (many Xcalakans have Belizean heritage) it doesn´t take long to realize that it is in fact rich with history and tradition.
Xcalak is, the oldest coastal settlement on the Mexican Caribbean coast. At over 100 years old, it was once a bustling trade post with the first power plant in the region and an ice-factory. With every anecdote and story the place´s surreal qualities quickly fascinate anyone with a curious spirit; this is why for decades Xcalak has enjoyed loyal, returning visitors, that have found a home away from home.
Currently home to roughly 400 people (depending on if you count the ex-pats who come to Xcalak during the winter), the main economic activities in Xcalak are commercial fishing and low-impact eco-tourism; with a few scattered shops and restaurants that open and close seasonally. When you visit the Flying Cloud, we will happily provide you with more information on the town.