Riviera Maya

El Cid Resorts is truly committed to improving the environment, thus we have implemented several practices and policies that contribute to the preservation of the flora and fauna and to reduce the negative impact, resulting in a better quality of life. 

Here we present some of the actions that we, along with the help of the government, our valuable employees and guests are carrying out:


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El Cid has a “tree and plant” rescue program where anywhere El Cid builds, they replant anything that has been removed.

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El Cid works with university students to teach them about the importance of preserving the environment

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El Cid works along with the Investigation Institute “Colegio de la Frontera Sur”, to take care of its plant nurseries.

Green Icons The amenities of our rooms are biodegradable, environmental and sustainable
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74% of Ventus at Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort property is used for composting and wildlife preservation

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For its valuable biodiversity and for the environmental services they offer, Mangroves are important ecosystems. They are swampy habitats between the jungle and the beaches, also known as forests or wetlands. Some people call them estuaries or coastal lagoons, but in Quintana Roo they are called Mangroves.

Given the importance of these ecosystems, El Cid Resorts has donated 74% of its land to mangrove conservation, as we know that they protect the cost and are vital for the survival of the reef.

Mangroves are composed of woody trees called mangroves, which inhabit flood zones and resist high levels of salinity. Many mangrove species around the world can be found on the coasts of the countries of the Equatorial strip from America to Africa, passing through Asia and Australia.

Did you know that its name has a Caribbean or Arahuaca origin, perhaps Guaraní, and means "twisted tree"?

In México, we can find them on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts and there are four species of mangrove trees: the Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), Black Mangrove (Avicennia germinans L.), White Mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa) and Botoncillo (Conocarpus erectus). All of them protected by Mexican regulations (NOM 059 SEMARNAT-2010, General Wildlife Law, and even the Penal Code) to promote their conservation.

What makes them so important?

Mangroves protect the coasts from hurricanes and connect the reef and jungle ecosystems. They function as if they were water treatment plants since they retain and purify water before it reaches the ocean.

This process links them with the survival of the reefs, promoting the health of the marine ecosystem.

Mangroves also serve as feeding zones, as well as a refuge and growth zones for many species of insects, crustaceans, reptiles, birds, and bacteria. They also act as a natural system for flood and erosion control.

A very important fact is that these coastal ecosystems can store more carbon than many tropical forests, as they accumulate five times more carbon dioxide per hectare than forests.

For all these reasons, El Cid Resorts monitors its conservation by joining projects such as the Puerto Morelos Ecotourism State Park (180 donated hectares), the Voluntary Area for Conservation (23 donated hectares) and the Caribe Paradise Nursery (one hectare), where the four mangrove species are produced for reforestation.

For El Cid Resorts sustainability goes beyond a legal commitment or a trend in the market; it is a conviction and that is why we invite you to take care and protect this wonderful ecosystem together.

Five things we should know about mangroves:

• Approximately 70% of the organisms captured in the sea, carry out part of their life cycle in a mangrove area or coastal lagoon.

• They are an ecotone between two large systems (land and sea). For this reason, they are the home to many terrestrial and marine organisms.

• With their roots, they mitigate coastal Erosion by waves and tides, and their dense and high foliage is a barrier against Erosion derived from hurricane and storm winds.

• Trap contaminants and clean water from heavy metals and persistent toxic organic compounds.

• They reduce the effect of climate change by capturing carbon in its biomass and by oxidizing or reducing nitrous oxide, which is an important greenhouse gas.


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Of the eight species of turtles in the world, seven of them arrive at Mexican beaches to nest, and four of these nests are located in Quintana Roo.

  • Every year, El Cid helps in the nesting and hatching of proximally 550 sea turtles.
  • More than 112 turtles were born and released at Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort through our Turtle Release Program.
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Endangered animals that El Cid preserves:

  • Black Spiny-tailed Iguana
  • Morolet’s Crocodile
  • American Crocodile
  • Bare-throated tiger heron
  • Loggerhead sea turtle
  • Green sea turtle


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      Endangered plants that El Cid preserves:

      • Beaucarnea Pliabilis
      • Caribbean Palm (Pseudophoenix sargentii)
      • Royal Palm (Roystonea regia)
      • Thrinax radiata
      • Button mangrove (Conocarpus erectus)
      • White mangrove (Laguncularia racemose)
      • Red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle)
      • Black mangrove (Avicennia germinans)
      Green Icons El Cid started a compost project in which all waste produced by the resort is used to grow plants and fertilize gardens.