Playa Chac Mool
Ten kilometers into Cancun's famous Hotel Zone is a beach that is perfect for the more adventurous swimmer. Playa Chac Mool was named after a pre-Columbian Mesoamerican stone statue that can be found throughout Yucatan and central Mexico.
This mysterious figure is always seen in a reclining position holding a bowl or tray on its stomach, and can be found at famous Maya sites like Chichen Itza, Tula, and even Quirigua in the country of Guatemala. The statue is also present at archaeological sites in Tlaxcala and Mexico City. The significance behind the figure of Chac Mool remains unknown to this day, but its importance to ancient Mesoamerican culture is certain.
Playa Chac Mool, frequented by tourists and locals alike, features a long stretch of the beautiful white sand and lovely turquoise waters that have come to characterize the beaches of Cancun. This popular beach faces the open ocean, often creating wavy conditions that are fun and challenging. Terrific swimming can be enjoyed on days when the wind is not so strong, though attention should always be paid to the naturally occurring ocean currents. With an expansive stretch of beach, Playa Chac Mool gives you plenty of room to stretch out and work on your tan. The official hours for this public beach are from eight in the morning until six at night.
There are several hotels within the vicinity of Playa Chac Mool, including the Gran Caribe Real Resort and Spa and The Royal in Cancun. Visitors to Cancun can enjoy the opportunity to get off the resort and discover this quiet yet dynamic beach, conveniently located in the center of the Hotel Zone.
Directly across the street from Playa Chac Mool is Senor Frogs, a lively restaurant and bar that overlooks the Nichupte Lagoon. This is a great place to go when you want to get out of the sun and enjoy tasty food or a cool, refreshing drink in a casual setting. This conveniently located restaurant lets you dine on fun food like nachos, quesadillas, burgers, and potato skins without going far from the beach. Take a break from battling the waves with a visit to this delightful restaurant, and grab a souvenir while you're there!
For a fun and exciting end to your day at the beach, visit Coral Negro, a Mexican handicrafts market that is a short walk from Playa Chac Mool. The myriad of shops at this market feature traditional Mexican handicrafts from all over the country, from sombreros and clothing, to toys and handmade sculptures or statues. They also offer a fine selection of beautiful jewelry. You can even get your hair braided, or go home with a fake tattoo and surprise your friends. Come to this colorful and spirited market and return home with unique gifts for your friends and family. Be prepared to haggle, and get more than you ever expected!
Visit Playa Chac Mool on your next trip to Cancun, and discover the thrill of the waves and the relaxation of great sun tanning. Bring your camera, and capture lifelong memories of this beautiful beach!