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.

Located in Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, Playa Chacmool is on the East coast of Mexico. You might want whether or not you're staying particularly close by. Active, fun-seeking vacationers might like this beach because of its crowded, urban location. Actually, Playa Chacmool is a favorite of hotel guests in the area, and people who like to be in the center of the action.

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.

There is also a concession stand available. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to purchase food from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up on this shoreline.

You won't have to worry about finding a bathroom at Playa Chacmool because there are public restrooms. 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.

Remember to take into account that Playa Chacmool is in an area which is rather congested, which means the availability of certain facilities is likely to be affected.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Playa Chacmool on the East coast of Mexico. It is near Museo Arqueológico de Cancún, which is one of the attractions in the region.

If you want more information on the history of Cancun, some of the nearby attractions offer a historical perspective of the country. One of the closest attractions of this sort is Yamil Lu'um Mayan Ruin, which is just a walk or cab ride away.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in Cancun. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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 visitors looking for some additional excitement will want to consider checking out Cancun, since it's not far away and is an area full of activity. From the shore, Cancun is a little ways off, maybe seven and a half miles (12 kilometers) away.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how many people have booked nearby hotels. Typically, you can expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Since the beach is situated in a pretty touristed area, it shouldn't be very tough to find a hotel nearby that suits you tastes. For vacationers looking to find a place that's near the beach, the table that follows lists the accommodation options closest 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


When you're starving for a midday meal, the area near this beach provides some viable options, and you don't have to go far away. One of the closest places to eat is Limoncello. The restaurant serves Italian food. They are also known for their pasta and pizza. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's just a short distance away.

The following table lists nearby restaurants.

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

Playa Chacmool is just one of many beaches you can visit in Mexico.

You might also enjoy Playa Paraiso, where there's usually lots of activity. It is located seven miles to the north. If it's a bit of peace and quiet you're after, Playa Caracol is a location which doesn't see as many crowds. You'll find it just a short distance away.

You might also want to visit Playa Garrafon, which is located six miles away.

Cancun has plenty to offer its visitors, so visiting Playa Chacmool is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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