The portion of coral reef in front of Xcalak is a federally protected marine park, which makes for terrific snorkeling. Most hotels offer snorkel gear and kayaks to their guests, and guided trips can be arranged at dive shops in town, including XTC Dive Center (

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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
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  • Dive shops usually include the park fee in rates, and hotels sometimes sell "wristband permits" to guests who snorkel from shore (regulations change so ask at your hotel how fees are being paid during your visit).
This national park, established in 2003, is approximately 17,949,456 hectares (some 44,000 acres) and extends to the Belize border, with protected areas including both land and water. Birds, plants, and marine life are the draw. Among the animals

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