Xcacel Beach, Riviera Maya

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#8 of 17 in Beaches in Riviera Maya
Before Riviera Maya became a hot spot for tourism, its beaches looked like Xcacel Beach. This stretch of coast remains unspoiled, undeveloped, and a home to marine life. Each summer, dozens of sea turtles travel to this slice of paradise to lay their eggs in the soft sand, so if you visit in the spring and summer months, give raised mounds of sand a wide berth. A local sanctuary works to protect the eggs and requests donations from visitors to fund the program. Take your snorkeling gear to explore the small coral reef on the north end of the beach, if the sea is calm. Arrange to visit Xcacel Beach and other attractions in Akumal using our Akumal road trip site .
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  • I took the collectivo from Playa del Carmen (it cost me 45 pesos) and got dropped off across the highway from the entrance. After crossing the highway, it's a short walk to get to the gate where there...  more »
  • A beautiful beach on a nature reserve protected minutes from Akumal. You pay only a few pesos to enter. There is a small dirt road that leads to a great "cenote" in the open air and where you can bathe with small fish that will be a pleasure to eat small dead skin from your feet. Please do not put sunscreen before dip you, very important! The Xcacel beach is just beautiful. Not to be missed.
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  • Very wide Beach and then it always seems empty ... water is not much being often burst by gusts of wind. The entrance road is full of holes, so if you are coming by car take care to follow it to a maximum of 20 mph if not you risk breaking ... Admission 20 pesos as being something of a natural reserve. and as such has very strict schedules. the cenote closes at 4...la Beach even at 5 but already towards a quarter to five a type on the quad will begin patrolling the beach inviting everyone to leave ... At this point, better to go to a traditional Beach without time limits.
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Where to stay in Akumal

For comfortable beachfront options near the town itself, look to Half Moon Bay, whose curving coastline serves as the hub of diving and other beach activities in the region. Budget options can be difficult to find in Akumal and in the neighboring coastal towns--expect to pay the same, if not more, per night in the nearby town of Puerto Aventuras.
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