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 Calica, Mexico

The Main Beach Area at Xcaret Park, Mexico

Calica, Mexico Information
Tom Ogg

Language and Currency
What is Calica Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There to Buy?
What is There To Do?
Is There Anything of a “Don’t Miss Quality?
Are There Any Great Restaurants or Bars?

Calica Port Reviews

Language and Currency

The Official Language of Calica is Spanish and the currency is the Mexican Peso, however English is spoken at Xcaret and the dollar is widely accepted.

What is Calica like?

Calica is little more than a small port that can accommodate two ships at a time. There is really no town nearby named Calica.

What is the weather like?

The weather on this part of the Yucatan Peninsula is wonderful year around. Be aware that the sun is quite strong and always wear a high spf rated sun screen when being exposed.

Where does the ship dock?

Calica offers docks for two ships at a time and is one of only two spots on the Yucatan Peninsula where ships can actually dock without long tender rides.

Where is the shopping?

There is little shopping at the port of Calica other than a small make shift market that has grown to serve ship's passengers on days when a ship is in port. The main shopping area is in Playa Del Carmen some 8 miles to the north of the port of Calica.

What is there to buy?

Basically, local arts and crafts as well as some trinkets are available of the market pier side with more robust shopping in Playa Del Carmen (see the Playa Del Carmen Port page.)

What is there to do?

Without question, you will want to explore the Xcaret Park that is located less than a mile from the ship. Either take the ship's transfer and tour or grab a taxi to the park entrance. Be sure to bring your bathing suit and mask and snorkel as well. Xcaret is an ecological park and offers many attractions including floating down an underground river as it winds through caves and meanders throughout the park before terminating before emptying into the ocean. There are lagoons to explore and meandering water ways to snorkel as well. There are botanical gardens, a small zoo, restaurants, bars, hammocks to relax in and a wonderful beach. You can easily spend the entire day here. Xcaret also has a wonderful dinner show in the evening.

I you get Xcaret'd out, then by all means grab a taxi to Playa Del Carmen for some shopping, food and beach time.

Is there anything of “Don’t Miss” quality?

By all means, Xcaret Park is a "Don't Miss" attraction.

Are there any great restaurants or bars?

None that I am aware of in this area. Do you know of one?

 Port Reviews

  • Fritz Randall,

    We visited the Calica port as the first port of call on Carnival’s Holiday cruise ship after leaving Mobile, Alabama. The goal of our party of 8 was to tour more

    285 users found this review helpful.
  • Rich Chauviere,

    One suggestion for Calica not at all mentioned by the cruise company is that there is a car rental agency at the dock. We rented an air conditioned five speed more

    121 users found this review helpful.
  • Jeff Strader,

    In Calica/Playa Del Carmen, we took a cab to the downtown/beach area. Calica is a no frills port so you have to take a cab to Playa Del Carmen (which is nice). more

    85 users found this review helpful.
  • Jack &,

    ; Melissa LoucksWe docked in Calica, but went to the beach at Playa del Carmen which was unbelievable. The water was as clear as our swimming pool, the sand more

    75 users found this review helpful.
  • Joe,

    We ported at a rock quarry and there were about 15 tents setup with typical Mexico stuff for sale. We went on the 5-star adventure tour - bikes, snorkel, kayak and more

    27 users found this review helpful.
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