We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Beautiful beach but the town lacks infrastructure and garbage control

This must be one of our most favorite beaches in Nayarit. It’s depressing, however, to walk through... read more

Reviewed July 23, 2018
Carmen C
via mobile
Nice beach

Playa Chacala is not a resort destination, but if you want to mingle with the locals, this is the... read more

Reviewed May 15, 2018
Male', Maldives
Read all 68 reviews
All photos (34)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good26%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“clean beach”(3 reviews)
“great waves”(2 reviews)
“la penita”(2 reviews)
Beach and village about 60 miles north of Puerto Vallarta.
Chacala, Mexico
Reviews (68)
Filter reviews
31 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews clean beach great waves la penita mexico shelter sand
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 31 reviews
Reviewed July 23, 2018 via mobile

This must be one of our most favorite beaches in Nayarit. It’s depressing, however, to walk through the Main Street that’s unpaved, muddy and with garbage. I hope that the local government takes heed and repair the infrastructure. Or, just provide some basic services like...More

Thank Carmen C
Reviewed May 15, 2018

Playa Chacala is not a resort destination, but if you want to mingle with the locals, this is the place.Can be crowded on weekends and holidays. Many people fom the local area bus in to Chacala for the day, so many of the retaurants close...More

2  Thank GeoKerr
Reviewed April 16, 2018 via mobile

Weekends are busier but the week is very relaxing. Great walk along the whole bay. There are also go spots to stop for drinks or a meal

Thank Loanna D
Reviewed January 24, 2018

See the quieter side of Mexico outside the resorts. There are places to shop and see just short drives away.

Thank mburns295
Reviewed January 10, 2018

A great beach - clean and not overly crowded. Some big waves, but we also had calm days. A great place to spend the day

Thank Carla S
Reviewed December 19, 2017

We visited the beach for the first time and we were impressed with how pristine it is. The water in the bay was clean, the waves OK for boarding, and the beach was free of debris. There were great restaurants and hotels on the beach....More

Thank 300gem
Reviewed June 3, 2017

This flat, easily walkable, long stretch of fine sand and relatively tranquil waters, make a day at Chacala a delight, after busy Guayabitos. Small cove with a few funky fish restaurants on the sand, makes you feel like you're on Gilligan's Island!

Thank queenbarb
Reviewed April 19, 2017

Spent 6 days swimming in the water at Playa Chacala. Great waves that break close in, but without undertow or big currents. We got stung by jellyfish once, but it wasn't a big deal. My young daughter just thought her skin was sensitive to the...More

Thank tanya d
Reviewed April 6, 2017

Wonderful place to spend a quiet holiday at the beach. Lots of local restaurants surround the beach. Beach chairs and umbrellas are hard to fing unless you eat at one of the restaurants. The waves are fun to play in and the scenery is beautiful.

Thank Jovan_10
Reviewed April 2, 2017

Playa Chacala is a small, somewhat secluded beach, off highway 200 near La Penita. Reportedly there are only around 300 families living here and it lacks the infrastructure of Sayulita or San Pancho but it has a charm all its own. The sheltered crescent bay...More

Thank Randyfish
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 3 nearby hotels
Mar de Jade Retreats Wellness Vacation
215 reviews
.53 km away
Majahua Hotel Selva
92 reviews
.66 km away
Casa Caballito del Mar
23 reviews
.67 km away
Bungalows Robles
20 reviews
13.57 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 10 nearby restaurants
Chac Mool Cafe
160 reviews
.23 km away
58 reviews
.25 km away
Las Brisas Hotel - Restaurant - Bar
42 reviews
.13 km away
Quezadas Restaurante
5 reviews
3.63 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 2 nearby attractions
Isla de Coral
75 reviews
13.82 km away
Hamaca Maya
33 reviews
13.88 km away
Lo De Marcos Horse Tours
53 reviews
26.84 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
January 30, 2018|
Response from mburns295 | Reviewed this property |
There is cell coverage. We did not activate a data plan during our stay because we had wifi at our condo.