Playa Chacmool

Watersports and aquatic activities may not be popular on some of the island's other beaches, but great conditions at the Playa Chacmool make them a big hit with beachgoers. There are even places on the beach where you can rent snorkeling gear and other equipment watersports. Although swimming in this region is pretty safe, before you head out in these waters be sure to check the tide conditions on the sign located just south of the beach cafaA(r), which shows the times that the waters get rough.

Situated in Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, Playa Chacmool is on the East coast of Mexico. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. If hustle and bustle isn't your style, you'll appreciate that beaches here are generally pretty quiet. This atmosphere is not for everyone, though. If you seek a fun and active spot, you're better off trying a beach like Playa Chacmool, with a more upbeat atmosphere.

How to Access The Beach
In order to access Playa Chacmool, exit off Kukulkan Boulevard towards Cancun's east coast.

Amenities and Ambiance

The Playa Chacmool is an expansive stretch of gorgeous beach, where there is plenty of room for laying out. Vibrant colors, calm waters, and gentle breezes complete the ambiance of this Caribbean-facing beach. As soon as you arrive you'll be greeted by a replica of an ancient Maya statue called the Chacmool, for which the beach is named.

The concession stand at this spot is also an option. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to order some food from one of the local vendors who typically set up at this spot.

There are public restrooms at this beach——something you'll appreciate if you bring the kids along. Beachgoers of all types frequent the sands of the Playa Chacmool beach. Whether you're looking for fun in the sun or just a relaxing stroll through the sand, this stunning beach has it all.

Playa Chacmool as well as its amenities are found well within an area popular for visitors. With this in mind, if you think these amenities are a deciding factor, it will be a smart idea to get there early in the day before the other people show up or perhaps try a beach further away. Otherwise, you might not use all those comforts which this beach offers its guests.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the East coast of Mexico. It is near some interesting sites like Museo Arqueológico de Cancún, which is one of a few popular spots in the area.

Historical attractions such as Yamil Lu'um Mayan Ruin offer a great compliment to the natural beauty of Playa Chacmool, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about Cancun, without having to go too far from the beach. As a matter of fact, this coast is just a short distance away from this interesting historical site.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of things to do. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Chacmool
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Museo Arqueológico de Cancún Museum 0.6 mi. NE --
Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok Golf Course 0.8 mi. NW --
Delphinus Dolphin Swim Dolphin Encounter Service 1.1 mi. NE --
Yamil Lu'um Mayan Ruin Historical Site 1.1 mi. SSW --
Interactive Aquarium Cancun Aquarium 1.2 mi. SW --
Playboy Club Cancun Casino 1.3 mi. NW --
Studio Dante Art Gallery 1.7 mi. SSW --
Playcity Sports Betting Sports Betting Shop 1.8 mi. SSW --
Teatro Cancun Dinner Show and Theater 2.7 mi. NW --
Caliente Casino Slot Machine Arcade 2.9 mi. SSW --
Paradisus Cancun Golf Club Golf Course 3.1 mi. SSW --
Oasis Cancun Golf Club Golf Course 3.5 mi. SSW --

Cities and Towns

Playa Chacmool guests hoping to find some additional excitement might want to think about going to Cancun, which is nearby and is a particularly busy area of Cancun. From the beach, Cancun is a car ride off, about seven and a half miles (12 kilometers) away.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how packed the nearby hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

Since the beach is situated in a pretty popular vacation spot, it is not usually a great challenge to find a hotel close-by that's to your taste. If you and your group are wanting to find a place that's near the ocean, the table that follows shows the closest options to Playa Chacmool.

Accommodations near Playa Chacmool
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Cancun Caribe Park Royal Grand 0.1 mi. SW Resort
Le Blanc Spa Resort Adults Only All-inclusive 0.1 mi. N Resort
Sunset Royal Hotel 0.1 mi. N Resort
Cancun Sunset Royal Hotel 0.1 mi. NNE Resort
Gran Caribe Real Resort & Spa 0.3 mi. SW Resort
The Royal Mayan 0.4 mi. SW Resort
The Royal in Cancun Adults Only All-inclusive 0.4 mi. SW Resort
The Royal Cancun - Luxury All Inclusive Resort 0.4 mi. SW Resort
Flamingo Cancun Resort & Plaza 0.5 mi. SSW Resort
Imperial Laguna Cancun 0.6 mi. NW Hotel


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you eat at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to get a taste of the local fare, without having to go far. One of the nearest places to eat is Limoncello. This restaurant has Italian cuisine. They are also known for serving pasta and pizza. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's not far off the beach at all.

The table below lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Playa Chacmool
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Limoncello (998) 883-1455 Italian Informal 0.3 mi. SW
Lorenzillo's (998) 883-1254 Asian, International, Russian -- 0.3 mi. SW
Lamore -- -- -- 0.4 mi. NNE
Restaurante Natura (998) 883-0585 Caribbean, Vegetarian Very Casual 0.4 mi. NNE
Asiana -- Asian -- 0.5 mi. SW
Maria Marie -- -- -- 0.5 mi. SW
Chef's Plate -- -- -- 0.5 mi. SW
Tapas Pintxos -- -- -- 0.5 mi. SW
Outback Plaza Flamingo (998) 883-3350 Australian Informal 0.5 mi. SW
Checandole -- -- -- 0.6 mi. SW
Sanborn's -- -- -- 0.6 mi. SW
Imperial Las Perlas Restaurant (998) 830-0070 -- Informal 0.6 mi. NW

Other Beaches

Needless to say, Playa Chacmool isn't the only beach worth visitng in Mexico.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Playa Chacmool is what you're looking for, think about heading to Playa Paraiso, another location where you'll find fun and action. You'll find it seven miles to the north. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Playa Caracol is a location which doesn't see as many crowds. You'll find it only a short distance away.

Another location you may want to try is Playa Garrafon, which is located six miles to the north-northeast.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Cancun; then again, Playa Chacmool is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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