Playa Xcacel-Xcacelito is one of those beaches where you dream to be. One of the best preserved paradises, sanctuary of several species of sea turtles that come to spawn in the Riviera Maya.

On the tourist coast of the Riviera Maya, it is difficult to find an undeveloped beach, if not impossible. The Xcacel-Xcacelito beach is the exception, the beach where one wants to be. In fact It is a sea turtle sanctuary, and hopefully continue. So far hundreds of sea turtles come to spawn each year, there is a protection and conservation program.

The place does not have the comforts that we have become accustomed to, so you will not see restaurants, hammocks, or turn your head to order a beer, this place is natural natural

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Xcacel beach conservation standards

Please respect the rules of the beach, such as not feeding the wildlife, taking away the garbage you generate, it is not allowed to enter with pets or alcoholic beverages. A pity to say it but we are far from an adequate education, that which would make us look more respectfully and sensitively at the Planet.

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Xcacel Xcacelito Beach

That said, remember to take something to cover the sun, there are shadows but not many. So if your idea is to spend the day in this magnificent paradise, bring what you need to spend the day without roasting in the sun. At the entrance there is an area of ​​palm trees where you can hang your hammock, and another warning: keep an eye on the coconuts, it seems silly but if you fall on your head it can leave you stiff.

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Riviera Maya beach
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The coral reef you have relatively close, you will see with your mask that there is enough aquatic life. I have had to see turtles, stingrays, barracudas, lobsters, coral fish.

A pleasure to swim in these crystalline waters. Since I have the day of warnings, remember that sea life is wild, so do not disturb the animalsDo not try to touch the turtles or those things of human vices. What mania we have with touching everything as if it were ours.

Riviera Maya Beaches that you should not miss

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xcacel xcacelito beach

Xcacel beach Xcacelito sea turtle sanctuary

The beach of Xcacel-Xcacelito It has been a protected nature reserve since 1998, where a group of environmental volunteers who take care of the place has headquarters. Xcacel-Xcacelito is one of the beaches where you can see turtles spawn in the Riviera MayaIt is simply fantastic to see spawning or release newborn turtles.

In turtle season they carry out activities in Xcacel-Xcacelito where you can participate in the release of turtles. This activity runs from mid-September to mid-November. It is paid, about 80 mxn person, show up at the beach around 19:30.


Mayan Riviera Turtle

Cenote Xcacelito

Another of the surprises that Xcacel-Xcacelito keeps is a cenote where you can bathe in its crystalline sweet waters. By the gradient of the Peninsula, the area between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, is where they come to drain much of the groundwater. Fresh water ends its journey on the coast of the Riviera Maya, so we see several cenotes attached to this coastline.

We recommend Yalkú cove as one of the best places to enjoy swimming with a mask between fresh and salt water. It would be like swimming at the mouth of the river, to understand us.

Cenote Xcacelito

NOTE: the cenote remains closed since the regulations of the year 2018

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How to go to the beach Xcacel-Xcacelito

It is located 15 kilometers north of Tulum, road towards Playa del Carmen. The places as beautiful as Xcacel-Xcacelito are difficult to keep hidden, but it is true that they do not take much care to indicate the entrance.

I leave you a photo of the entrance so you can see the poster and do not skip it.

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So now you know dear traveler, take a look at this beach of almost three kilometers long, where nature offers us a fabulous playground. Caribbean blue, life blue.

Sure you enjoy a beach where you can not hear music, there are no lounge chairs or anything. You and nature.

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Xcacel-Xcacelito, beaches

LOCATION: Xcacel-Xcacelito is located 15 km from Tulum on federal highway 307, which runs along the entire coast.
HOURS, PRICE AND SERVICES: There are toilets and showers at the entrance, where the parking lot is. You pay one maintenance fee, of 24 Quintana Roo pesos, 40 Mexican pesos and 81 pesos for foreigners. It opens from 10 a.m. to 16:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday. The cenote remains closed to the public after the new regulations of 2018.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? From Playa del Carmen (2 street between 15 and 20 avenues) and Overall (main street) buses leave, they leave you at the entrance of the road, 1 kilometer from the Xcacel-Xcacelito beach.
ACCOMMODATION: there are no hotels and you can not camp, the beach will be vacated at 16: 30 in the afternoon.
WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothing, hat and to cover yourself from the sun. If you have a mask and fins, you are in the ideal place to remove them.
TIPS: One of the animals that inhabit the Caribbean are small rays, it is best to enter the water shuffling to avoid stepping on them, which is when they bite us.
SEASON DESOVE TURTLES: from mid-May to mid-September, they are usually seen more at night (it has red light, never white).

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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