A 520-room hotel project has been nixed near Xcacel beach.
The federal Environment Department said in a statement last week the project could threaten Xcacel, and called it “the site with the largest observed nesting of sea turtles on the entire Yucatan Peninsula,” and building permits were denied.
The project would have erected 23 buildings and an artificial lake on property just inland from the Xcacel beach, north of the city of Tulum. This is an example of the government’s efforts to make Tulum a sustainable destination.
Xcacel is one of most important sea turtle nesting beaches on the Caribbean. The beach is a nesting site for loggerhead, hawksbill and green sea turtles, and part of the land is considered a protected area.