A Return To X’cacel…….



A Return To X’cacel……..

X’cacel.  Let me see if I’ve got this right.  X’cacel (ish-ka-cell).  I’ve done my best to learn how to pronounce this……from my friend Roger (pronounced Ro-kay) who lives near this gorgeous beach.

It is tucked away and has a fair amount of jungle to drive or walk thru to enjoy. Most tourists don’t know it exists!  You really have to know somebody for them to get you there.



Some refer to it as a ‘hidden treasure’.

On this day, it’s ‘spectacular’!   The road here is long and bumpy.

There’s a small fee that’s used for the care of this gem, it’ll cost between $1 to $1.20 depending on the value of the peso to the dollar. The cost is $20 pesos. Included is a cenote to the right in the jungle as you walk onto the beach. I don’t have any pictures because I didn’t know it was there!!  Roger had to tell me.  This is really untouched!  No businesses here and no road is roaring adjacent to it.


A Return To X’cacel……..

Because this is a protected area it comes with a fair amount of restrictions and the hardest one to deal with is ‘no sunscreen’.  You have to cheat and slather it on before getting there and only use those that are biodegradable.

One thing that I find really cool about this particular beach is that the locals make their own beach coverings to protect themselves from the unmerciful sun!  Yeah, it’s hot!  Basically year round!

Every spring, numerous sea turtles travel for miles to lay their eggs in the deep, soft sands of X’cacel beach. This is a night time activity but the sanctuary works through the day to protect the nesting areas in the spring and the hatched turtles in October.

A Return To X’cacel……..

This is my first beach visit on the Riviera Maya with the exception of the beach at Puerto Morelos.  Stayed there for the first week of arrival.  I thought that might be home but it turned out otherwise…..that’s another story though.



Don’t expect any comforts of civilization but there is a restroom (no toilet paper in the toilet, in the trash can) and a shower outside for visitors to rinse off.  While I was here I discovered a tent in the woods, I’m thinking somebody is doing a bit of squatting.

There is flag posting for sea conditions, the one in the picture above left is a little too distant to see, it was yellow for caution.  In the area that I’m taking these photos here, it was a red flag……danger.  I had to stop there, the sand is loose and I’m carrying my umbrella, a backpack full of beer and ice and chair.  I figured I’d walk further to the safer areas.

A Return To X’cacel……..




This is not a busy beach…..as I say, this isn’t a tourist resort. Many conservationists know of this place and classes are tended here for marine biology.  Specialty tours find their way here, 2 were there on this visit.

Lots of kids playing all around.  Adults in attendance. 

.  Not exactly sunworshippers…….these tourists are enjoying a relaxing day away for the hustle and bustle of their daily grind.

Right off-shore  where you see the whitecap in the distance is a portion of the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world. Some people have been brave enough (or stupid enough) to swim out to it.  My friend Diego from Puerto Morelos warns me that a vest is best worn for attempting such a swim……he’s rescued many a person that couldn’t make it.



Having fun on the Riviera Maya!

Peace, love, and beaches,

John


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