Some of the best snorkeling on Western Mexico is along Chacala, Chacalilla and Las Cuevas shores or an excursion by boat to Islas Marias. Calm, clear waters are perfect for snorkeling and swimming. Bring your snorkeling equipment for a wonderful day!
Local fishermen provide boat excursion services for whale watching, snorkeling, site seeing and to remote beaches.
We have a list with over 170 species of birds that birdwatchers have spotted around Chacala. Join Americans and Chacala residents for early morning or late afternoon walks. Bring your binoculars, and we will provide the list!
Chacala restaurants offer fresh seafood including shrimp, fish and lobster. .Pair it up with your favorite drink for a fabulous meal. There’s always beer, sodas and margaritas.
The humpback whales pass by Chacala November through March to give birth to their young in the warm, calm ocean waters.
Touring and Local Shopping
There are many opportunities to shop and tour in the area: Las Varas Centro to experience an active Mexican farming town. La Penita’s Thursday open market full of beautiful, hand made products. San Blas for a jungle tour or visit the historic Spanish fort and old church ruins that housed the bells in Longfellow’s poem “Bells of San Blas“.
Sport fishing can be found in the ocean shelf off Chacala. Fish for mahi-mahi and watch the whales, turtles and dolphins.
Alta Vista Petroglyphs
A guide will take you through the jungle as you interact with the plants and animals on your way to the Alta Vista petroglyphs. Here you’ll see that the stone will tell stories of the history and culture from 2300 years ago. You will be amazed at what you’ll find here! Morning visits recommended.
The hourly rates for massages vary, but start at $35.00. There are special oils to enhance the massage and smooth away your stress.
One hour from Chacala is the Tovara adventure. Enter the mangroves by boat. See everything from birds to snakes to crocodiles! It is about a two-hour ride and there is a restaurant nearby to enjoy a nice meal, and even a swimming area.
Bask in the sun and swim in the ocean as long as you like! The unique shape of the shore keeps the waves calm on most days, making swimming and water activities safe and fun.
Hike to the bays, to the extinct volcano or through the jungle. The past eruptions of the volcano created a lush, organic soil that allows the plants to thrive. The flowers and trees create a spectacular ambiance to enjoy as you hike.
All her students will agree, Trini is the best Spanish teacher in Mexico. She conducts both private and group sessions. Group lessons (3 to 6 students): $10.00 per hour per person. Individual/private lessons: $15.00 per hour.
One of Mexico’s best-kept secrets is the surfing on the Nayarit Riviera beaches. The local fishermen are available to shuttle you by boat to La Caleta surf break just north of Chacala Bay.