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 to drop by even if you are not staying very close. The beaches found throughout Cancun are usually fairly quiet, but Playa Chacmool stands out as a pleasant exception to this rule.

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.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. You might also have the option to buy some food from one of the local vendors who are typically found at this location.

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.

Playa Chacmool plus its available amenities happens to be found within an active, busy area. If you seek to avoid the crowds, it's a good reason to make plans to visit and beat the crowds, like coming earlier in the morning. If you come later, you could run the risk of the amenities being overwhelmed.

What's Nearby


Playa Chacmool is on the East coast of Mexico; the area is home to other attractions such as Museo Arqueológico de Cancún, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

If you want to discover more interesting facts about the history of Cancun, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. One of the closest attractions of this sort is Yamil Lu'um Mayan Ruin, which is not a great distance from the shore, and is accessible in a taxi or on foot.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

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 --
Melia Cancun Golf Club Golf Course 3.1 mi. SSW --
Oasis Cancun Golf Club Golf Course 3.5 mi. SSW --

Cities and Towns

Those visiting Playa Chacmool who are hoping to find further attractions might think about heading over to Cancun, which is close-by and is an especially active area of Cancun. From the beach, Cancun is about seven and a half miles (12 kilometers) away.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. You can typically expect to see a fair amount of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Because the beach is located in a pretty popular tourist destination, it shouldn't be a great challenge to find a hotel nearby that's to your taste. For those hoping to book a place that's on or near the ocean, the table that follows shows the closest accommodations 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


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to enjoy a meal at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to dive into Cancun's specialty dishes, without going too far from the coast. Limoncello is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant serves delicious Italian food. They are also famous for their pasta and pizza. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's not far off the beach at all.

The following table provides a list of nearby dining options.

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
Pat O'Briens -- International Very Casual 0.5 mi. SW
Outback Plaza Flamingo (998) 883-3350 Australian Informal 0.5 mi. SW
Margaritaville Cancun Beach (998) 885-2375 American Very Casual 0.5 mi. SW
Checandole -- -- -- 0.6 mi. SW

Other Beaches

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach will have lots of choices besides Playa Chacmool.

You might also enjoy Playa Paraiso, a popular beach beloved by tourists. You'll find it seven miles to the north. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Playa Caracol is a location secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. It is located not far off the beach at all.

Vacationers may also want to visit Playa Garrafon, located six miles to the north-northeast.

Maybe Playa Chacmool is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, Cancun offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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