If you think Cancun’s beaches are beautiful but not suitable for surfing, we can tell you that in the state of Quintana Roo, there are beaches of magnificent waves, such as Chac Mool, where you can surf and have fun at the same time. Here are five reasons why you should visit Chac Mool Beach in Cancun’s magnificent Hotel Zone.
How to get to Chac Mool Beach
Chac Mool beach is located at kilometer 10 of Kukulkan Boulevard, which is the central public road that goes through Cancun’s Hotel Zone. Buses coming from Cancun stop right at the entrance to the beach, which has all the amenities to spend a splendid day. From the city of Cancun, several bus routes depart with stops at this beach. You can board them from Tulum, Cobá, Bonampak, Hidalgo, Rodrigo Gómez, Rancho Viejo, and Xcaret avenues. The distance between the beach and downtown Cancun is 8 miles, and it takes about 22 minutes by public transport.
Chac Mool Beach for Surfing
The intense waves of Chac Mool make it one of the favorite beaches of Cancun surfers and those who visit this tourist town of Quintana Roo. It’s a large public beach of white sand, so it is easy to find a place to settle down and sunbathe, although swimming should be practiced with caution due to the strong currents. If you want to learn to surf, there are several surfing schools in Cancun with professional instructors who will teach you and assist you so you’ll have a great time on the waves. The surfing schools located in Playa Chac Mool have experienced bilingual instructors, and some offer motorized boards that help speed up learning.
Other beach and water sports available at Playa Chac Mool include sailing and water skiing. To swim in Playa Chac Mool, you have to be an experienced swimmer; due to the strong waves and strong currents, even experienced swimmers must do it carefully. Even though there are lifeguards on site, be careful while in the water.
Walk on the Beach and Admire the Scenery
Chac Mool is a beach of about one mile in length, with beautiful turquoise blue waters. A walk along the sand, feeling the caress of the soft sand and warm waters on your feet, will take you pleasantly through one of the most vibrant sectors of the Hotel Zone. Enjoy this beautiful beach while you breathe the healthy sea air and take fantastic photos of the Caribbean Sea and its surroundings.
Enjoy Drinks and Delicious Dishes
Several restaurants and bars near Playa Chac Mool will serve you cold beers, tropical cocktails, beverages, and snacks while you lie comfortably on a sunbed. If you’re on a budget, very close to the beach you’ll find convenience stores, such as Oxxo and Circle K, and you also have the option of bringing a cooler with drinks and snacks. Chac Mool is a free public beach with parking, palapas, umbrellas, lounge chairs, beach chairs, public toilets and showers, restaurants, bars, lifeguards, and a book lending place.
Release Baby Turtles
Another of the charming activities that you can enjoy in Playa Chac Mool is to participate in the emotional ceremony of releasing baby turtles which conservation groups carry out from Cancun. Some species of Caribbean turtles spawn on beaches, such as Chac Mool, Dolphins, and Marlin, and their eggs are collected before they are preyed upon to incubate them and breed the turtles that are released after reaching a specific size.
Cenote Chac Mool Near Playa del Carmen
Another of the tourist attractions of Cancun and the Riviera Maya that receives the same name as Chac Mool Beach, but are actually different locations, is a beautiful cenote. Chac Mool cenote is located 59 miles south of Cancun and 18 miles south of Playa del Carmen, on Federal Highway 307. It’s a wonderful body of crystal-clear waters and an incredible world of whimsical rock formations below the aquatic surface, perfect for diving, surrounded by the tropical greenery of the Yucatecan jungle on the Caribbean coast.
We hope that you can make a trip to Cancun very soon and enjoy all the charm and fun of its beaches and other places of interest.
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