Xcacel is in danger again with big developers trying to build a hotel in on one of the most important green and loggerhead nesting beaches in Mexico. In the 1990's the Melia hotel group bought 3 of the 5 lots at Xcacel. However, after huge public outcry, Melia donated the land to the
University of Quintana Roo.
Sea turtle conservation and research has been carried out over most of the coast of Quintana Roo. However, these three beaches (X'cacel, Chemuyil and Aventuras DIF) have the highest density of nesting activities and therefore have been the main focus of these efforts.
Now (2009) two different Mexican groups have bought the lots overlapping the Northern and Southern limits of Xcacel. Clearly, if a resort is built on either of these lots it will have a devastating impact on Xcacel!
Help save Xcacel and the sea turtles by signing the petition to the Mexican Government.
See a commercial site that has photos of Xcacel.