Chacala is a beach town in the state of Nayarit some 8 miles from Las Varas. It is part of the so-called Riviera Nayarit, a 180 mile (290km) long stretch of coast in the state of Nayarit on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, which includes Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerías, Sayulita and other great beach towns and tourist destinations.
Chacala is found on the coast some 62 miles (100 km) north of Puerto Vallarta and has a population of around 300 inhabitants, which can triple during Christmas and Easter and high season which is during the winter months (December to March).
The town is very picturesque and true Mexican fisherman village surrounded by the sea and rainforest. It offers exuberant wildlife that includes margay, coatimundi and ocelots and hundreds of bird species. The calm bay is bathed by gentle waves, ideal for swimming, you can also enjoy fishing, snorkeling, hikes, horseback riding and more. The area is also fabulous for enjoying nature and birdwatching.
Chacala is also a starting point to get to some of the best surf locations in the area and the state. You can either hike or take a boat to, for example, La Caleta a local favorite and enjoyed by those in-the-know.
Chacala beach is normally empty except for a few locals and kids, plus the local seabirds, along the edge you'll find some palapas that offer seafood, drinks and a very relaxed ambiance by the beach, with your feet in the sand. Enjoy their seafood specialties that include mahi-mahi, slow-cooked over charcoal, and fresh shrimp cooked any way you like.
You can get to Chacala taking a left (when coming from the south) one mile before entering Las Varas, there is a widening of the highway there and there are signs saying Chacala 9 kilometers, 5.5 miles off Federal Highway 200 to the W by the sea, 48 miles south of San Blas and 20 miles north of Rincón de Guayabitos.
The locals are all very kind and inviting and will not make an issue out of you not speaking the language, they'll be very willing to share their culture despite that limitation.
Surfing in Chacala
by Lindy Laing
If you hit it right, the south end of the main beach at Chacala offers a rideable barrel (left and right), but only available at the beginning and the end of a swell period. It is not so good at a peaking swell because they close out quickly onto the sandy bottom.
Surfing in Chacala Nayarit
This is a great place for learning to surf and always good for boogie boarders. Something special about this main beach is that it has been awarded the coveted "Clean Beach" certificate for 2 years running. The beauty of the surrounding lush green jungle that greets the sand and sea make for a great beach day out, no matter what your level of experience is.
North of Chacala, further up into Riviera Nayarit, there are many more breaks with some of the longest waves in the world, if you catch the correct swell.
Chacala Hostel and Surf Shop
Just ½ block off the main beach of Chacala and steps to the marina to pick up that panga to some of the best surf of your life. Car rental available.
Address: Chacalilla #5, Chacala Beach, Nayarit
Phone: (322) 191-2778
Villa Celeste Chacala
Ex-Casa Azul, one of the very best locations in Chacala.
Offers 9 guest units, garden areas, fountains and multiple patios for guests.
Address: Calle Atlantico, Chacala
Phone: (327) 219-4114
Chac Mool Cafe
Restaurant Chac Mool is a beach club that offers great food, a variety of drinks, coffee in front of the Chacala beach, free WiFi, and cultural events.
Address: Avenida Chacalilla 3, Chacala
Phone: (327) 219-4037