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.

Set toward the southern outskirts of Akumal, Playa Chacal is on the East coast of Mexico. You might think about stopping by whether or not you are staying particularly close by. Playa Chacal is one of those beaches that never gets too crowded, even though its not far from some of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean's best hotspots.

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, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

What's Nearby


Playa Chacal is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the East coast of Mexico. It's located near Riviera Maya Golf Club, which is not far from away. Some will choose to walk here, while others will want to take a taxi, and it is one of a number of favorite destinations in the area.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there will be more options available in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

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

Cities near Playa Chacal include Akumal, which is a fairly rural area, but it can be an interesting destination for those who want to see more of the area.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how packed the nearby hotels are. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Vacationers looking for a place to stay close to the beach won't find it very difficult, as there are lots of accommodations to choose from in the immediate vicinity. You will find the closest and most convenient lodging options by viewing those listed in the table that follows.

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
Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya 3.1 mi. NNE Resort
Las Casitas Akumal 3.1 mi. NE Hotel
Casa Luna 3.5 mi. NE Hotel


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to dine at an area restaurant, where you'll be able to sample regional favorites, without having to stray too far. One of the nearest restaurants is Pizzaria Leo. This restaurant serves delicious Italian food. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their pasta and pizza.

The following table provides a list of nearby dining options.

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
Barefoot Grill (984) 875-7600 American Very Casual 3.1 mi. NNE
Bordeaux (984) 875-7600 French Fine Dining 3.1 mi. NNE
El Patio (984) 875-7600 Mexican Informal 3.1 mi. NNE
Himitsu (984) 875-7600 Pan Asian / Pacific Rim Informal 3.1 mi. NNE
Market Cafe (984) 875-7600 International Very Casual 3.1 mi. NNE
Oceana (984) 875-7600 International Informal 3.1 mi. NNE
Portofino (984) 875-7600 Italian Informal 3.1 mi. NNE
Seaside Grill (984) 875-7600 American Informal 3.1 mi. NNE
Coco Cafe -- Café Informal 3.1 mi. NNE

Other Beaches

Visitors looking for a beach that's right for them in Mexico will have lots of options besides Playa Chacal.

Another location you might enjoy is Hidden Beach, found only a cab ride away from the coast. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might find that Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach is just right. It's found 11 and a half miles to the south west.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Playa Akumal, another great Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean beach site.

Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean has so much to offer, and Playa Chacal is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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