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 in the southern outskirts of Akumal, Playa Chacal is on the East edge of Mexico. You might want even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean's beaches are pretty busy for the most part, but you'll find Playa Chacal to be a little calmer than most, which makes it an excellent attraction for those of you who'd like a less hectic scene, but one that's not completely empty.

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.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Playa Chacal on the East coast of Mexico. Riviera Maya Golf Club is only a short distance away. Visitors will have the option to take a taxi or to walk, and it is one of a few favorite destinations in the area.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

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 close to Akumal, so a trip into the city is a definite option. The closest town to Playa Chacal is Akumal, which is a fairly rural area, but it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for guests wanting to get a taste of local life.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how full nearby hotel rooms are. At this beach, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Because this beach is situated in a pretty popular tourist area, it typically isn't all that tough to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. For those wanting to get a place that's on or near the water, the table below shows the accommodation options closest to Playa Chacal.

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


If you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, the area near this beach provides some viable options, so you won't have to wander too far from the sea. One of the nearest places to eat is Pizzaria Leo. This restaurant features Italian cuisine. They are also famous for their pasta and pizza.

The table below lists dining options located near this beach.

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

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Playa Chacal in Mexico.

Another location you might enjoy is Hidden Beach, situated just a cab ride away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach may be just what you're looking for. You'll find it 11 and a half miles to the south west.

You might also want to visit Playa Akumal, which is close-by and another fun spot in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.

Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and Playa Chacal is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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