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Fees being charged to access Xcacel-Xcacelito beach

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Beach goers wishing to use the Sea Turtle Sanctuary at Xcacel-Xcacelito at Playa del Carmen will now have to pay to access the beach.

After metal gates were installed and the road closed for more than two weeks, the result has been the implementation of user fees.

Initially, the Secretariat of Ecology and Environment explained the reason for the Xcacel-Xcacelito turtle sanctuary closure was to make adjustments and perform maintenance in the land and infrastructure.

The Secretariat of Ecology and Environment and the Institute of Biodiversity and Areas Protected Naturals of the State of Quintana Roo have announced that as of June 1, fees will be collected.

“In compliance with the Treasury Law of the State of Quintana Roo, as of June 1, 2018, for access to this Protected Natural Area, one must comply with the provisions of Article 206-Quater which establishes the following payment for income and services in the State Natural Protected Areas according to the following value rate of the unit of measurement…”

The new quotas determined for the turtle sanctuary are 24 peso for state residents, 40 peso for Mexican nationals and 81 peso for tourists. For filming and photo sessions inside the sanctuary, the cost is 12,896 peso for a day.

For tourists who want to visit the Mexican Caribbean Biosphere Reserve, the fee will be 355.18 peso and will be sponsored by the hotel or service provider for snorkeling, free-diving, diving or swimming with whale shark, through the Conservation Passport.

The prices have been set by the Department of Ecology and Environment of Quintana Roo.