Chacala, just north of the surf town Sayulita, is a quaint little fishing village and one of the best kept secrets of the Riviera Nayarit. Step on to the fabulous, clean beach in this protected bay for walking, boogie boarding, and surfing. The local boys have a rental shop for both surf and stand up paddle boards, and also are host to some fabulous pizza, at Surfer’s Pizza. You can walk along the one cobblestone road in “downtown” Chacala, and enjoy some fresh, local seafood, such as the very famous Zarandeado grilled fish, fresh shrimp, dorado (Mahi Mahi), and more at the casual, palapa styled restaurants in Chacala. The local market carries fresh fish, beer, milk, fruits and vegetables, making your stay easy and affordable. This is a much different feel than the hustle and action packed Sayulita. If you find yourself in the market for the tranquility while still enjoying surfing, as well as having access to bars and restaurants, then Chacala is definitely worth a visit!
What To Do in Chacala
If you are interested in advanced surfing, a short panga (small fishing boat) ride around the corner will take you to the famous “La Caleta”, WAVES….at anytime of the day…surfers will tell you this is some of the BEST surfing you will find on the Riviera Nayarit. This is unique location, and some days you will find the waves are as long as a football field! There are a lot of great activities to experience during your stay in Chacala. Visit the petroglyphs, fishing from the point, surfing near the breaks, snorkeling in local reefs, and the best, is the whale watching. You canalso hike up to the volcano crater, or take ATV’s to the back country.
Where to Stay in Chacala
Steps away from the town of Chacala is a resort development called Marina Chacala. Here you will find the beautiful gated community of Marina Chacala Resort. There is a private beach club, three pools, a restaurant, and the pristine beach in Chacalilla Bay with giant palm trees that are over 70 years old. Playing in the water is ideal for children, and snorkeling and swimming for adults as the waves are mostly small. The bay is tranquil and secluded with no outside vendors. There are 90 acres of well maintained walking/running paths around this development, made of coral gravel. Casa Roja in Marina Chacala is a great option, with 5 bedrooms.
Security is number one in Marina Chacala, and our guards are there to help you and your guests, 24 hours a day..There is security around the perimeter of Marina Chacala as well.
There is a dry marina for your boat, and a small launching ramp. Tennis and pickle ball are popular sports played on our three well maintained courts. All utilities are underground, and there is your own water system. You will have access with WIFI and internet connections on the beach, office or at your home.
There are many beautiful homes in Marina Chacala There are waterfront lots, ocean view lots and homes, and jungle view lots available for sale.
How to Get to Chacala
Chacala is approximately a one hour, easy drive from Sayulita. You can also arrange for a private driver or transportation company to take you for a few hours or spend the night in this quaint little town! To arrange a day trip from Sayulita to Chacala, see our Taxi and Transportation page.