Xcacel & Xcacelito sanctuary of sea turtles

By 31 October, 2017Blog

One of the most beautiful virgin beaches of the Riviera Maya with crystalline and turquoise waters is Xcacel. An ideal place to enjoy the sun and the sea, without people around it is an undeveloped beach.

Here you have a relaxing day, with the sound of the waves and the sun tanning your body.

Xcacel is the name of the beach and Xcacelito the cenote, the protected nature reserve since 1998. It is located south of Playa del Carmen on the federal highway in the direction of Tulum. It has an area of 362 hectares of land and sea. These are made up of mangroves, beaches, jungle, coral reefs and the cenote. The cenote of Xcacelito is of crystalline waters and is only allowed the passage to groups of 6 people. To enter, you can ask the visitor to rinse and remove all kinds of things or repetitions before getting into the cenote. All these precautions are only to keep the ecosystem of the place in good condition.

With 2.6 kilometers of beach Xcacel is the favorite place for turtles to nest. This paradisiacal place also known as “The Sanctuary of the Turtles”. It is the most important beach in Mexico for the nesting of sea turtles. There are 7 species of marine turtles in the world, 6 of them nest on Mexican beaches and 4 of them in the state of Quintana Roo. White turtles and loggerheads choose the beaches of the Mexican Caribbean to nest. This makes the country one of the main sites worldwide for the nesting of these precious species.

Xcacel-Xcacelito conserves protection zones for the deposit of the eggs, and do not worry about running the risk of mistreating the site, since teams of expert biologists, delimit the areas where the nests are located, to prevent the outrage on the part of other animal species and humans too. The Xcacel-Xcacelito beach is also part of the reef system, the second largest in the world. This reef is not continuous, so it allows the turtles to reach the beach and be able to nest. In addition, this marine area feeds, breeds and protects approximately 102 species of fish. The reef system is only 50 meters from the coast, so no boat trip is required to go to see it, just a good snorkeling equipment and know how to swim, to enjoy this natural wonder.

Xcacel-Xcacelito opens its doors with a schedule from 9 in the morning to 6 in the evening every day. The entrance has a cost of 25 pesos which are used for the preservation and maintenance of the place. The price including the services provided to the visitor such as showers and toilets. It is important to mention that it is necessary to take an umbrella to cover the sun to avoid burns or sunstrokes, because in Xcacel-Xcacelito, because it is a virgin beach, there is no place to hide from the sun. If you are going to wear sunscreen or repellents, remember that they have to be

Xcacel-Xcacelito is a heavenly space of virgin beach, where harmony is combined with the peace provided by nature … the beauty of the place will envelop you in a state of serenity and relaxation.