Quintana Roo, Mexico
Photo by Ritta Trejo
Xcacel BeachA few minutes north of Tulum, Xcacel (pronounced “ish-kah-sel”) is one of the region’s more unspoiled coastal areas. The beach has long been a local favorite, especially on Sundays, and in-the-know tourists are showing up now, too. Natural vegetation lines the shore and while there are no restaurants or beach clubs, there is a building with restrooms and showers. The best snorkeling is along the coral reef at the north end, and a small, swimmable cenote lies nearby. Sea turtles lay eggs here, in spring and summer, so take care not to trample nests; local conservation projects collect modest entrance fees to support their efforts.
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almost 6 years ago
Turtle Nesting Ground with Crystal Clear Water
A stunning, undeveloped beach that attracts hoards of sea turtles each spring to lay their eggs in the sand. The local government has a small hut on-site to manage the beach and ensure the turtles are not interfered with.