Playa Chacal

Chacala is one of the most underdeveloped beaches along the coast. Aside from a resort property, the beach is void of any excess. Visitors who head to this shore are doing so in order to escape the pressures of daily life and enjoy a day of seclusion in a tropical paradise.

Located toward the southern outskirts of Akumal, Playa Chacal is on the East coast of Mexico. You might want whether or not you are staying nearby. Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean's beaches are pretty busy for the most part, but Playa Chacal is less exposed than the others, which offers some middle ground to those who'd prefer to stay out of the busiest areas.

How to Access The Beach

Exit off of Highway 200 at the "Chacala 9 Kilometers" sign. Follow the road to the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Playa Chacala is a horseshoe shaped inlet with clear, calm waters that are so bright blue it's almost hard to believe such a color exists. The shore is covered in white sand that is soft and warm enough to sink your feet into and dotted with coconut palms.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

What's Nearby


Positioned on the East coast of Mexico; the area is home to other attractions such as Riviera Maya Golf Club, which is not very far away, so some guests will want to walk to this attraction, while others will choose to take a cab.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run low on things to do. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Chacal
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Riviera Maya Golf Club Golf Course 1.2 mi. N --
Mexicarte Akumal Art Gallery 3.1 mi. NNE --

Cities and Towns

Playa Chacal is very close to Akumal, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. Cities near Playa Chacal include Akumal, which isn't a congested area, and it can be an interesting destination for visitors looking to check out the local scene.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on when you visit, and how packed the nearby hotels are. Typically, you can expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

Vacationers seeking a hotel room not far from the beach shouldn't have a difficult time, as there is no shortage of accommodations to choose from close-by. You'll find the closest hotel booking options by perusing what's shown below.

Accommodations near Playa Chacal
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Grand Bahia Principe Akumal 0.3 mi. NE Resort
Grand Bahia Principe Tulum 1.0 mi. NNE Resort
Grand Oasis Riviera Maya 1.4 mi. NE Resort
Hotel Be Live Grand Riviera Maya 1.4 mi. NE Resort
Oasis Akumal 1.5 mi. NE Resort
Akumal Beach Resort 2.8 mi. NNE Hotel
Hotel Akumal Caribe 3.0 mi. NNE Hotel
Las Casitas Akumal 3.1 mi. NE Hotel
Casa Luna 3.5 mi. NE Hotel
Vista del Mar Hotel 3.7 mi. NNE Hotel


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to eat at a local restaurant, where you can sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without having to go far. One of the nearest places to eat is Pizzaria Leo. The restaurant has Italian food. They are also famous for their pasta and pizza.

Restaurants closest to this beach are listed below.

Restaurants near Playa Chacal
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Pizzaria Leo -- Italian -- 1.1 mi. SW
Esperanza -- -- -- 2.0 mi. SW
Lol-Ha Akumal (915) 584-3552 International, Mexican Very Casual 3.1 mi. NNE
Naturama Juice Bar -- -- -- 3.1 mi. NE
La Akumalito -- Mexican -- 3.1 mi. NNE
Lucy's Homemade Ice Cream at the Arch -- Eclectic Very Casual 3.1 mi. NNE
Imelda's -- Mexican -- 3.1 mi. NE
Lucy's Too -- International -- 3.2 mi. NNE
La Cueva Del Pescador -- Mexican -- 3.2 mi. NNE
Turtle Bay Bakery & Restaurant (984) 875-9138 American Informal 3.2 mi. NNE
Lucy's Homemade Ice Creams -- Eclectic Very Casual 3.2 mi. NNE
La Buena Vida (415) 152-2211 International Informal 3.6 mi. NE

Other Beaches

Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides Playa Chacal in Mexico.

Another location you might enjoy is Hidden Beach, located only a cab ride away from the coast. More active guests, though, may be interested in Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach, which offers a few more possibilities for excitement, and isn't far from other tourist hot-spots. You'll find it 11 and a half miles to the south west.

Another option worth considering is Playa Akumal, another great beach choice in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.

Maybe Playa Chacal is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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