Xcacel Beach, Quintana Roo


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Address: Highway 307 | Between Chemuyil and Xel-Ha, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Xcacel Beach is an incredible beach with deep white powder sand, 119 km south of Cancun on the Mayan Riviera.

You access Xcacel Beach off of Hwy 307 between Chemuyil and Xel-Ha, down a dirt road to a single-chained gate. A guard should approach you or you will see him when you walk onto the beach.

Pay the guard 20 pesos each and he will let you in. There is no security here and no amenities. During the turtle-nesting season you should stay away. May – November.

To get to the cenote walk out to the beach and go south [to your right]. You will see a path that leads into the jungle. Follow this path into the jungle and you will find the cenote. It is a short walk, 5 minutes or so. You can swim and snorkel in the cenote.

Xcacel Beach is also known as X’cacel and Xca-Cel.

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X’Cacel-X’Cacelito is a privileged area where will find different types of ecosystems, it has 905 acres you have distributed in jungle, mangrove, coastal dune, beaches, cenotes, coralline reefs and lagoons reefs.

In this area it exists a great diversity of plants species and animals; it is the most important beach in Mexico for the nesting of the sea turtles species: green turtle (Chelonia mydas) and loggerhead (Caretta caretta).

Other threatened species or in danger of extinction that we can locate in the area are: the skunk, the bell snake and the little black eagle, also some vegetable species such as the palm chit, kuka, mangrove red, black, white and botoncillo.


This place has two small beaches X’Cacel 0.812 miles and X’Cacelito of 0.875 miles. Two of the seven species of sea turtles arrive from May to October to Mexican beaches, the loggerhead and green turtle. During this time and starting from 21:00 hrs. biologists attributed to this camp leave every night to protect females, eggs and baby turtles, making journeys in the two beaches, for him which we request their support and collaboration to respect the present regulation:

It is not permited to spend the night in the area without authorization.

The schedule for access to the beach from May 1 to October 31 (nesting season) is from 0900 to 1800. For the rest of the year it will be open from 0600 to 2200 hours.

All visitors are responsible for removing their garbage that they generate.

No bonfires inside the area.

Avoid shining lights on the beach.

No motorized vehicles on the beach.

Hunting of wild animals is not allowed.

The introduction of domestic animals is not allowed: cows, pigs, horses, lambs, dogs, cats or any other nature.

You are not to remove plants, terrestrial or aquatic, alive or dead nor animals, as well as their remains.

Sport fishing and the use of harpoons is forbidden.

The practice of motorized aquatic sports is not allowed.

It is forbidden to anchor crafts inside the protected natural area without authorization.

It is forbidden to damage the reefs structures (corals).

The violations to the present will be sanctioned of conformity with that prepared in the Laws Environmental and other applicable, federal and state jurisdiction dispositions.

During the day, you will see small white signs with a number – this is a turtle nest. We ask you to not touch this area, do not remove the sign as we will lose the location.

Also in the north end, and in the centre of the beach of X’Cacel the corrals of incubation of eggs are located. In them there are the broods that were transplanted. Access here is forbidden.


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