Chacala is a beach-town situated in a small cove about 29.7 km,18.6 mi, north of Guayabitos (100 km, 61 mi, from Puerto Vallarta.) The name comes from the indeginous Náhuatl language which means “where there are shrimp”. The small town has a population of about 300 full-time residents but the population can increase triple in size easily during the popular winter tourism months with tourists and snow-birds from Canada, USA, and other parts of Mexico.
Chacala is popular for its charm, very laid back atmosphere, slow development, and a very enjoyable beach for the entire family. It is so laid back and one of the least developed places in the Pacific coast of Mexico that you may find it difficult to get cell signal or an Internet connection. Although, all of the more expensive hotels do have Internet connection. And these more expensive hotels are on the lower end of the pricing scale compared to other towns in Riviera Nayarit. In fact, Chacala is popular with Mexican tourists coming for Semana Santa which keeps hotel prices very affordable.
Things To Do in Chacala
Chacala is a place you come to in order to relax, chill out, and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. This is a place where time runs slow.
The beach is the biggest attraction in Chacala. The top activities are suntanning, beach and water sports. There is a section of the beach, in front of the main parking lot, where you can park your camper or camp out in a tent with the beach and ocean as your front yard.
There are a number of restaurants facing the beach as well for you to enjoy a delicious menu of seafood and traditional Mexican dishes.
You also have the option to heading down to Guayabitos, about 30 minutes by car to the south, or San Blas, an 1 hour and 25 minutes drive to the north. You are also a little over an hour and a half from Puerto Vallarta. Plus all the other towns and beaches in between.