Xcacel Beach
Xcacel Beach
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Joshua M
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
While the other beaches were filled with seaweed, we came here for a perfect swim. There’s no shade on the beach so bring an umbrella if you want shade.
Written July 30, 2023
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Robert M
Mississauga, Canada4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
The very long entrance road is a disaster area, large craters, looks like it's been bombed. The beach was full of piles of sargassum, and the staff made no effort to clean it. There were 2 guys that "work" there, sitting around doing nothing (sorry, one was reading a book). Two years ago, this was a clean beach and the road was bad, but not nearly as bad. The restrooms are primitive, but they still charge 100 pesos per person, so you would think they could fix the road (just fill in the craters with gravel! Not that difficult) and put those 2 guys to work cleaning the sargassum off the beach. Some other places actually do make an effort to rid the beach of sargassum so go there instead.
Written January 17, 2023
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,866 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
So far, the only place in the mexican caribbean where they PRESERVE AND RESPECT NATURE AND WILDLIFE.
Also, the entrance fee is 91 pesos for foreigners which is a decent price and not the typical robbery you experience in all the oher places.
The bad thing is that the cenote Xcacelito was closed.
When I visited, the water was crystal clear.
Xcacel is open from 9 to 16h.
IMPORTANT: as this is a natural reserve, there is a small area where people can stay. I visited on Sunday and for me, it was very crowded.
Written December 4, 2021
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Lyndall J
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
Tranquil and quiet. Exactly what you want for a peaceful beach day away from crowds. The water was warm and crystal clear. The beach closes at 4pm and doesn’t have much shade. Next time I would come earlier in the day (it opens at 10) and bring an umbrella but the hour we spent here was amazing and this was the best beach of the trip. Definitely leave Playa del Carmen and come here for a beach day. It is very close to Dos Ojos Cenote so you can go to both places for a fun day trip. The only food allowed is fruit and water but that is all you really need.
Written September 16, 2021
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Patrick
New York City, NY7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
If you like (truly) quiet beaches, head here. Yes, it doesn't open till 10am. Yes, it closes at 5pm or there about. Yes, they have rules about bringing food onto the beach. (You can take water and fruit to the beach and if you want a bigger picnic use the very idyllic and sandy parking lot.) Yes, they protect the nesting turtles. But the result is a beach that has changed very little in the last 20-30 years. The turning to the beach is hard to see as you drive down the dual carriageway ... if you do drive past it be patient, take care and carefully use a couple of U turns to get back to the entrance. Take CASH with you to pay for you and your family. Adults and Children 7 and over have to pay. Local people and Mexican citizens pay different rates. The staff at the gate (once you have driven down the pot holed road!) are very pleasant. If you have young children, they might not realize your child is under 7 but if you politely explain this they will oblige and let them enter for free.

You can snorkel on the left hand side of the beach & an outer coral helps keep waves at that end to a minimum. The right hand side of the beach has lots of waves that crash onto the shore. Some people sunbathe there but don't swim at this end. There are rocks, coral & waves! The snorkeling is OK you'll see various types & if you look out about 40 meters you can see some larger coral/reef where you will see bigger fish. You probably won't see turtles because there's no sea grass.
Written May 13, 2020
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Donna D
Maidstone Sask10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Just got back from this beach. We had visited before, 50 pesos to enter. Were charged 88p each this time. Along the road leading in was sign after sign. No food, no music, no smoking, no alcohol. Allowed to have only water and fruit. Could not go thru jungle, had to slog thru the heavy, but beautiful, sand carrying our chairs, umbrella etc. There were lots of people there but very few local families. Doubt we’d go back
Written February 10, 2020
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luv2trvl2mx
Rocky Mountain House, Canada11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is a gorgeous beach... have been there a few times with our family and loved it... went back to check it out before the family comes at Christmas... we were charged 84 pesos to get in.. and he let us know the cenote was closed...no problem... started taking our stuff out of the car and we’re told to put our cooler back in the car... no food... no drinks..took the long walk through the jungle to get to the opening of the ocean... and as always gorgeous... you could have heard a pin drop on that beach... it was quiet.. not the same as before with Mexican families having barbecues.. people having fun.. not this time though.. as beautiful as it is.. probably will not go back..
Written November 27, 2019
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Norma M
Lynwood, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We booked too many extra events and did not have enough time to see the entire park and do some river exploring. So do not book too many events, but definitely do the Dolphins. Beware of the photo sellers of the Dolphins, they are going to try and get you for everything. They were the only thing we did not like, we had to argue with them and ended up getting two picture with frames for $18 when they wanted to sell all photos for $169. Be careful.
Written September 22, 2019
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Federico B
Buenos Aires, Argentina6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
The xcaret park is a must visit if you go to cancun. You should take two pairs of shoes, because if you get one pair wet, change them, you'll have to walk a lot. Park is so big that sometimes is difficult to locate where you are.
Written June 4, 2019
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jay5612
Windsor, UK71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Lovely secluded beach. Its a nature reserve so open 10 till 4 and closed on mondays. Costs 80 peso each now to get in but well worth it and money is for conservation.

The beach has beautiful shelters made from palm trees.

Theres lots of seaweed

Your not supposed to take food but most do, but PLEASE take your rubbish with you. There was too much rubbish there, i picked up 10 bottles. Its a turtle sanctury!

There are no shops here so bring everything you need.

Lovely for peace and quiet, hearing the ocean and beautiful views
Written April 10, 2019
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