Chacala - Mexico's Riviera Nayarit
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In Chacala, there is an abundant sense of camaraderie and community.
When walking along the narrow streets, you will start to get the sensation that everyone knows each other; you will be enraptured by the many traditional homes with intricate façades, handicraft shops and cozy restaurants serving all kinds of delicious dishes.
This inviting warmth will follow you as you head to the beach, where it is common to see groups of families, friends and couples enjoying the tranquility of this destination as they play in the sand, enjoy some delicious grilled fish in one of the thatched-roof hut restaurants lining the shore or cool off with a refreshing drink.
Chacala has many stories and anecdotes to share. Discovered in 1524 by the Spanish captain Francisco de Cortés de San Buenaventura, the beaches of Chacala have welcomed visitors of all kinds from Dutch pirates to Father Kino, evangelizer that journeyed to his various missions from this coastline.
On a tour of the beaches of Chacala, you will notice interesting sights such as the giant tree that was inhabited for a while by a woman determined to protect it from being cut down, or perhaps a family watching the ebb and flow of the waves as they wait eagerly to catch some tiquiliches, a type of crustacean similar to shrimp that is swept ashore by the waves and is used as a main ingredient in a traditional regional dish.
Las Cuevas, Chacalilla and la Caleta are the main beaches of this destination. Las Cuevas is known for its strong waves, Chacalilla is met with calmer waters and la Caleta is the ideal spot for surfers. Here, you can stay overnight in charming ecological boutique hotels with spectacular views of the ocean as well as spa services. You can also spend the night in one of the local homes rented out to tourists. And as if that weren’t enough, in 2002 Chacala was named a Gallery Town for its wide variety of birds such as magpies, pelicans, seagulls and herons, just to name a few. So don’t forget your camera, for each moment in Chacala will be a memorable one.