The two-and-a-half kilometre long x'cacel (pronounced as Shkah-sell) beach, between Costa Rica and Florida, is still a popular nesting ground for the green sea turtles. The beach become a focus of debate on development. The government has sold over 167 hectares of the beach to hotel developers. This has angered ecologists, who argue that even a low-density building will destroy the beach as a nesting ground. A Dominguez, head of the Mayab Ecology group, says there has been a great anarchy in development of Quintana Roo, the area where the beach lies.

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