Chacahua Mexico: Ultimate Travel Guide for Visitors in 2024

coconut on the sany beach of Chachaua


You’re in the right place to discover everything you need to know about visiting Chacahua. How do I know? I’ve been to Chacahua several times since 2018, and I’m sharing all my best tips with you in this article.

Chacahua town has transformed from a small, quiet fishing village to a sought-after destination for travelers seeking a true escape. This unique town boasts a blend of Afro and Mexican cultures, creating a one of a kind atmosphere.

coconut on the sany beach of Chachaua

Looking for the best Chacahua tour?

This Puerto Escondido to Chacahua Day Trip has a perfect Five Star rating.

Visitors are greeted with a wealth of untouched coastlines and peaceful surroundings, making Mexico Chacahua the perfect place to escape city life and enter a world of infinite tranquility.

If you are looking for the ultimate Mexican beach escape and one of Mexico’s best-kept secrets, look no further than the hippie paradise of Chacahua.

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Where is Chacahua Oaxaca located?

Chacahua is a small town located about 155 miles (250 km) southwest of the Oaxaca City. It is located in Lagunas de Chacahua National Park Oaxaca Mexico, and situated on the Pacific Coast.

📍Lagunas de Chacahua Oaxaca Map

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As you can see, it’s near Puerto Escondido, but also not far from other Oaxaca beach towns like Mazunte, Zipolite, San Agustinillo and Huatulco. It is quite far from the city of Oaxaca, though most people don’t assume so.

Parque Nacional Lagunas de Chacahua is famous for its lagoon and mangrove swamps offering visitors the perfect balance between natural beauty and rustic charm.

💡 Chacahua Interesting Facts

The people of Chacahua are considered Afro-Mexicans. They are descended from enslaved Africans brought to the country during colonial times.

This African influence can be felt throughout the town, including in the food, culture, and overall vibe of Chacahua.

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How to get to Chacahua Oaxaca

One of the best ways of getting to Chacahua is via Puerto Escondido. Most visitors will arrive to Chacahua Island by way of a car ride from Puerto Escondido, and then a boat from El Zapotalito.

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Some options to get to Chacahua are flights, buses, taxis, or private car rentals — then you’ll need to take a boat to Chacahua Oaxaca.

Coming from Oaxaca City to Chacahua?

You’re in luck because it’s pretty easy to get to Puerto Escondido from Oaxaca City, and you can check the article for a deep dive into all your options.

Coming from Puerto Escondido to Chacahua?

So then how do you get from Puerto Escondido to Chacahua? Once you arrive in Puerto Escondido, it’s easy to get to Chacahua.

You can rent a car in Puerto Escondido (or scooter) and drive to Zapotalito to catch the boat to Chacahua. You can also take public transportation to Zapotalito, or just join this Chacahua tour and let them coordinate it all for you.

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Chacahua Getting there

One of the most hassle-free transfers is booking a Chacahua day trip like this Chacahua tour from Puerto Escondido.

This tour takes you to the main highlights, including a visit to Chacahua Village, Corral Island, and a bird sanctuary. At the end of the tour, you can stay in Chachua instead of returning to Puerto Escondido immediately.

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Puerto Escondido to Zapotalito

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If you want a comfortable ride, you can take a taxi to El Zapotalito from Puerto Escondido.

Getting from Puerto Escondido to El Zapotalito (usually just called Zapotalito) is the first leg of the journey. Here are your three options:

1️⃣ The fastest and easiest way to get to Zapotalito Oaxaca is your Puerto Escondido rental car. You can park your car at the El Zapotalito dock until you get return from Chacahua.

2️⃣ Another popular way of getting to Chacahua from Puerto Escondido is through public transportation. Head to Terminal TUR and hope on a colectivo (shared van) heading towards Rio Grande Oaxaca.

Let the driver know you’re heading to Chacahua, and you’ll be dropped off at the intersection outside El Zapotalito. The bus ticket per person will be around $55-70 pesos ($3-4 USD). The trip is approximately 1 hour long.

3️⃣ Another option is to take a taxi from Puerto Escondido to Zapotalito, and there are many taxis that take people to and from El Zapotalito throughout the day. The cost of the cab is about $300-500 pesos (about $15-30 USD).

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El Zapotalito to Chacahua

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The El Zapotalito dock where you’ll get the boat to Chacahua Islands. (Photo: New Ruins)

Once you get to the small town of El Zapotalito Mexico, you have two options:

1️⃣ A combination 10-minute boat trip with a 40-minute camioneta ride on a very bumpy dirt gravel road. This option costs about $100 pesos ($5 USD), which is $50 for the boat and $50 for the camioneta pick-up truck.

2️⃣ A direct boat into town will take 45-60 minutes. Prices depend on your bargaining ability and the number of people on the boat, but you can plan for your fare to be between $200-$1,000 pesos ($10-50 USD).

And there you go, that’s how to get to Chacahua from Puerto Escondido. It sounds easy, doesn’t it? Well, it is, although there are a few steps.

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Top 5 Best Chacahua Hotels

lagunas de chacahua national park
There are Chacahua hotels on the both beach side and the lagoon side.

Planning on staying in Chacahua Mexico? …or just wondering where to stay in Chacahua Oaxaca? Well, you have a few options which we’re going to show you below.

Once you arrive to Chacahua, one of the first things you’ll probably be looking for is accommodation. So what are some Chacahua places to stay? Let’s check them out — and if you want, you can even book your Chacahua hotel now.

When choosing a more remote accommodation option for Chacahua, remember that you’ll need to walk everywhere as there are no taxis or public transportation. Everything is within walking distance though.

Cell phone signal is also pretty limited, so choose a hotel that offers WiFi if you want to stay in touch with the outside world.

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1. Hotel Sanmara: Best Hotel in Chacahua ($$$)

Chacahua Hotel Sanmara
Booking Hotel Sanmara means you’ll experience a chill and relaxing time in Chacahua facing the beach. (Photo © Hotel Sanmara, Chacahua where to stay)

⭐️ Rating: 9 out of 10 Stars | 🏝️ Location: La Sabrosa Beachfront | 🏨 Check Rates & Availability

A 4-star beachfront location, Hotel Sanmara is one of the more luxurious options in Chachua. The hotel offers guests an outdoor swimming pool, terrace, and restaurant.

 Location right on the beach was unbelievable. Sunrise views from the balcony.

-WILSON (read more reviews)

Each room is equipped with air conditioning, free WiFi, and a private bathroom. The staff is friendly, and the hotel offers a clean and modern vibe around a 10 minute walk from the town center.

If you want modern amenities in a rustic town and don’t mind splurging a little, Chacahua Hotel Sanmara is perfect. It offers privacy and a lot of amenities.

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2. Cabañas Alta Mar Chacahua ($$)

exterior of Cabañas Alta Mar, two story hotel with dried palm leaves roof, hotel in Chacahua near the beach
Get a nice view of the beach from your balcony when you book Cabañas Alta Mar. (Photo © Cabañas Alta Mar)

⭐️ Rating: 8.7 out of 10 Stars | 🏝️ Location: Guayabas Beachfront | 🏨 Check Rates & Availability

For gorgeous balcony views of the ocean, including breathtaking sunrises, the Cabañas Alta Mar has all this and much more. 

This was our second stay here and we will visit again next time we’re in Mexico.

-Katelyn (read more reviews)

Located just a short walk down the beach to the central area of town, this hotel offers clean, comfortable, and sizable rooms with amenities like a private bath with complimentary toiletries. Many of the units also feature a sea view. 

Look no further than Cabañas en Chacahua Alta Mar for a central beachfront location that is still in a quiet area.

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3. Casa Gitana Chacahua Oaxaca ($$)

exterior of Casa Gitana, modern look with dried palm leaves roof - where to stay in Chacahua
If you want another beachfront accommodation but more on the upscale side, you can book Casa Gitana. (Photo © Casa Gitana)

⭐️ Rating: 8.6 out of 10 Stars | 🏝️ Location: Lagunas de Chacahua Beachfront | 🏨 Check Rates & Availability

Another upscale Chachua accommodation option, Casa Gitana (Gypsy House), offers a beachfront location and gorgeous modern rooms, some of which have sea views.

The hotel also has free WiFi, which is surprisingly fast for the area, and the property has high-ceiling and spacious rooms, friendly staff, and direct access to the beach. 

A tranquil place to unwind, it is a longer walk to restaurants. View of the stars: worth it!

-SOPHIE (read more reviews)

As the town is around 20 minutes away, Casa Gitana is an excellent option if you are looking for a place to enjoy the sun and the Chacahua surf Mexico.

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4. Cabañas La Isla Chacahua ($$)

feet up on a ledge at Playa Chacahua in Lagunas de Chacahua, Oaxaca, Mexico
No “Complete Travel Guide Chacachua” would exclude these Chacahua Island Oaxaca Cabins.

⭐️ Rating: 7.9 out of 10 Stars | 🏝️ Location: Chacahua Town |🏨 Check Rates & Availability

The first time I visited Chacahua in 2018, Cabañas La Isla Chacahua (Chacahua Island Cabins) was the only Chacahua beachfront hotel, so I chose it by default. For such a rustic place like Chacahua, I was pleasantly surprised.

Run by a Chacahua local named Christian, this hotel is just steps from where the boats drop you off in Chacahua. It has good WiFi, comfy beds, hot showers, a private balcony or terrace, spacious rooms, and direct beach access.

The location was really nice and close to the beach & with a view to the lagoon, the room had everything we needed. We enjoyed it a lot!

-Viviane (read more reviews)

I have stayed at Cabañas Chacahua more than once, in both the room facing the beach and the room facing the lagoon. I found the lagoon side a bit nicer because you’re facing away from the main beach.

However, both the beachfront room and lagoon room were great. There are numerous restaurants next to these cabañas, and you’re also close to the convenience stores in Chacahua, and everything else on the island.

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5. Porã Chacahua Glamping Tents ($)

exterior of tipis in Porã Chacahua, with two double beds, one side table with an electric fan, a woven rug - where to stay in Chacahua
Book Porã Chacahua and get individual tipis as your accommodation, giving you more comfort and privacy. (Photo © Porã Chacahua Cabañas)

⭐️ Rating: 9.1 out of 10 Stars | 🏝️ Location: Lagunas de Chacahua Beachfront |🏨 Check Rates & Availability

For a more unique and remote option that still has everything you need (and more), there’s no better place than Porã Chacahua.

The rooms are individual tipis, which offer sea views, an outdoor dining area, and basic amenities like linen and a fan. The bathrooms are shared, as is the kitchen.

What a magical place! Definitely recommend going there. Great breakfast & dinner, the most beautiful beach just in front.

-NINA (read more reviews)

Offering more of a communal-type of vibe, Porã Chacahua also has chip-in dinners and a chilling area, perfect for a bonfire and a couple of beers. It also serves an a la carte daily breakfast with vegetarian and vegan options. 

Clean bathrooms, super friendly staff, and a gorgeous beachfront location are reasons why people love to stay here. And, although the hotel is a 40 minute walk from town, you can always take a colectivo, which runs every hour.

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A Few Other Cahcahua Accommodation Options

Nattivo Ecoglamping is one of the best cheap Chacahua hotels. (Photo © Nattivo Chacahua)

There are many different types of Chacahua Mexico accommodation options that can fit various budgets, including Chacahua camping options and Chacahua Oaxaca hostels. Some other options include:

  1. Playa Cósmica Chacahua Eco Camping (Rated 9.9 out of 10 Stars)
  2. Private Chacahua Beach Bungalow (Rated 9.5 out of 10 Stars)
  3. Nattivo Ecoglamping Chacahua
  4. Cabañas el Piojo Chacahua
  5. Cabañas los Delfines Chacahua
  6. Casa Tata Chacahua

Be aware that some of these will not be bookable online through a booking system like Many informal accommodation options can be booked through Facebook or WhatsApp. 

Top 7 Best Things to Do in Chacahua Oaxaca

1. Explore Chacahua Lagoons National Park via Private Boat Tour

boating through the mangroves in chacahua oaxaca mexico
A daytime boat tour in Chacahua will take you through the mangroves, and beyond!

If you are still interested in visiting the Chachoua Lagoons but are limited in time, opt for this Chacahua National Park Mexico Day Trip from Puerto Escondido.

On this tour, you’ll explore the Chacahua Lagoons National Park and the Afromestizos culture on a day or evening boat tour from Puerto Escondido. 

Our guide provided a lot of details that you may not receive elsewhere in Puerto Escondido. I highly recommend doing this tour.

-RICHARD (read more reviews)

This tour takes you through the five lagoons of the park, mangrove forests, and bird sanctuary, with a stop at the village of Chacahua and Corral Island.

You’ll also learn about the history of the La Costa Oaxaqueña region and enjoy a swim in a bioluminescent lagoon. The evening tour includes visiting the Chacahua lighthouse, a beach campfire, and a sunset experience.

This is also a great option if you’re looking for a hassle-free transfer to Chacahua from Puerto Escondido that includes all of the region’s main highlights. Round-trip hotel transport from Puerto Escondido is also included.

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2. Go Surfing in Chacahua Oaxaca Mexico

surfing at Playa Carrizalillo Beach Puerto Escondido Oaxaca
Surfing in Chacahua is another activity you can do aside from swimming and paddle boarding.

Chacahua surfing is a popular activity for both beginners and experienced surfers. The waves are frequent and suitable for those looking to improve their skills, with waves available all day and year round. 

During the rainy season (May to September), the waves may get too big for beginners but are perfect for pro surfers. Most beachfront restaurants also offer surfboard rentals and lessons for reasonable prices. 

🏄🏼‍♀️ Curious about other surf towns in Mexico? You’ll find some of the best surf spots in Mexico in Sayulita, Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas, Todos Santos, Mazatlan and Troncones.

Chacahua surf rental typically costs $100 pesos ($5 USD) for 1 hour, or $250 pesos ($15 USD) for 24 hours. Lessons are also available, with prices varying depending on the length and instructor. 

One of the best places to learn is Chacahua Surf Camp, located 10 minutes from the rocky pier at the beginning of the beach. Local Chacahua surfer Sunny will show you the ropes, and provide your board.

Going to surf Chacahua Mexico is a great option to catch some waves and improve your skills. Note: It’s a good idea to check the Chacahua Oaxaca surf forecast to get an idea of what the Chacahua waves will be like during your visit.

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3. Hike to the Chacahua Lighthouse (El Faro)

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El Faro lighthouse is the best place to see the sunset in Chacahua Mexico.

Hiking to El Faro, meaning “The Lighthouse,” is one of the top Chacahua things to do for nature lovers and sunset enthusiasts.

The Chacahua Lighthouse is located on the other side of the lagoon across from the beach. It is not advisable to swim there, so take the short boat ride over for $10-15 pesos (about $0.50 USD) per boat ride from the main square.

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The spectacular views from the Chacahua lighthouse at sunset.

The hike up to the lighthouse takes around 15 minutes and is steep, but the views from the top are breathtaking. A popular spot for sunset viewing, it’s best to arrive about 30 minutes to an hour before sunset to secure a good spot.

Check the Laguna de Chacahua Oaxaca weather forecast to ensure the best viewing day. The walk to the lighthouse is strenuous, so wear sturdy footwear, bring a camera, and don’t forget mosquito repellent.

Overall, this experience is one of the highlights of Laguna de Chacahua and should not be missed.

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4. Release Baby Turtles in Chacahua

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Make sure you participate in a heartwarming experience, releasing baby turtles on Playa de Chacahua.

Visitors to Chacahua Beach can participate in releasing baby turtles hatched from nests on the beach. Three species of turtles, Olive Ridley, Leatherback, and Green or Black turtles, nest their eggs on the sand of Playa Chacahua Oaxaca. 

Chacahua turtle project, Campamento Tortuguero Bahía de Chacahua, organizes the release. Unlike other baby turtle experiences, visitors do not get their own turtle, but can observe as they make their way to the ocean.

Another option is to accompany the volunteer team during the collection of eggs at night. Either way, if you’re Googling “Chacahua what to see,” no list is complete without this top option.

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5. Chacahua Crocodile Zoo (Cocodrilario de Chacahua)

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Cocodrilario de Chacahua is a home to 200+ crocodiles, ranging from newborns to giant adults.

The Cocodrilario de Oaxaca Chacahua is a crocodile reserve located in the inland half of the Chacahua village.

It houses more than 200 crocodiles and is part of a program aimed at saving the local wild croc population from extinction due to poaching. 

Although not explicitly set up for visitors, anyone is welcome to drop by. You can take a local lancha (motorboat) across the channel to visit the Cocodrilario Crocodile Zoo in Chacahua.

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6. Chacahua Bioluminescence Tours

bioluminescent plankton making the lagoon glow during the night
Witness a majestic sight as the planktons glow on the shores of Playa Chacahua.

Laguna Chacahua Oaxaca is known for its stunning bioluminescence. Although best seen during a new moon, the bioluminescence can still be observed by heading out on the water before the moonrise or after the moonset. 

With no tour agencies on the island, visitors can find a local Chacahua boat owner willing to take them on a tour to see the Chacahua bioluminescence for about $100 pesos (about $5.50 USD) per person.

Visitors may also see the bioluminescent plankton from the shores of Playa Chacahua or the mouth of the lagoon during a new moon.

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7. Unplug & Relax at Chachua Playa (+ Get a Massage)

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For those looking to explore Chacahua Lagoons National Park, guided tours are available that allow visitors to experience its wonders, like these relaxing white sand beaches.

The main attraction of Chacahua beach is its peaceful and serene atmosphere, where you can unplug, relax and enjoy endless walks on its pristine white sand. 

Break from the sun by lounging on the beach or swimming in crystal clear waters. If you’re in the mood for a massage, you can easily find one with the many signs on the beach offering services. 

There are also local bars that you can visit and enjoy a refreshing cold coconut. With a very local atmosphere, you can fully immerse yourself in the tranquility of Chacahua Playa (meaning, Chacahua Beach).

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Where to Eat in Chacahua Oaxaca

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You’ll find everything from traditional Mexican breakfast to fresh seafood tacos at all of the best restaurants in Chacahua.

Most restaurants serve typical Mexican dishes, seafood, Oaxacan foods, and some simple international options. And there is also an Afro influence in the cuisine. But the main star of the show is seafood. 

One popular dish you should try is pescado empapelado, a slow-cooked fish dish in foil or paper with spices and vegetables. Also, don’t miss the Oaxacan tlayudas and memelas, two staple foods in Oaxaca Mexico.

Some of the best restaurants Chacahua offers are Terra Tipi, Lia del Mar Chacahua, and Restaurant & Chacahua Cabañas Jamy.

These numerous beach-side food stands serve fresh seafood options like whole fried fish, grilled fish filet, tlayudas, ceviche, veggie burritos and/or shrimp burgers.

One thing to note is that while food prices are quite affordable, the Chacahua region relies on food deliveries once or twice a week. You may see some scratched-out items on menus from time to time.

Chacahua Oaxaca: Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Chacahua located?

Chacahua is in the state of Oaxaca, which is in south central Mexico. It sits right on the Pacific Ocean, within Lagunas de Chacahua National Park (Parque Nacional Lagunas de Chacahua).

🗺️ Lagunas de Chacahua Map

Here are some additional geographic markers to keep in mind when understanding where Chacahua is located:

  • Puerto Escondido to Chacahua distance: 70 miles (113 km)
  • Huatulco to Chacahua distance: 133 miles (214 km)
  • Oaxaca City to Chacahua distance: 188 miles (298 km)
  • Mexico City to Chacahua distance: 438 miles (705 km)

️Is Chacahua Oaxaca an island?

Technically, no — It is connected to land but since Chacahua is also called Islas de Chacahua National Park, or Chacahua Island, this can be confusing.

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You can see that Chacahua is actually connected to land in this aerial photo.

Although it is technically not an island, as it is connected to the mainland of Oaxaca, many see it as one because most visitors take a boat to reach the town. The fastest way to get to Chachua is by boat.

Chachua is part of the larger Lagunas de Chacahua National Park, which means “Lagoons of Chacahua.” This parks encompasses a variety of ecosystems, including lagoons, mangroves, and white-sand beaches.

How long does it take to get to Chacahua from Puerto Escondido?

The time it takes to get to Chacahua from Puerto Escondido can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. But the average time should be about 2-3 hours.

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Catching the sunrise in Chahuaca is also a must.

What is Chacahua known for?

Chacahua is one of Mexico’s best kept secrets. It is part of Lagunas de Chacahua Oaxaca Mexico National Park, famous for bioluminescent lagoons, mangrove swamps and beautiful beaches.

Chacahua is also known for its pristine coastline, fantastic surf, serene atmosphere, and traditional Afro-Mexican food and music. Visitors come to Chacahua to relax and take in the region’s unspoiled natural beauty.

Is Chacahua worth visiting?

Yes — Chacahua offers a unique blend of natural beauty, a peaceful atmosphere, and cultural heritage. It is different than most of the other popular Oaxaca beach towns.

beach in cahcahua mexico
Chacahua will give you a relaxing experience, as it is a laid-back place surrounded by nature.

The stunning lagoons, mangrove swamps, and pristine coastline make it an excellent destination for nature lovers, surf enthusiasts, birdwatchers, and those seeking a peaceful escape. 

The Afro-Mexican culture adds an extra layer of richness and tradition to the experience when you visit Chacahua Mexico. 

Is Chacahua safe to travel to?

Yes — Chacahua Oaxaca Mexico is considered a safe place to travel for the vast majority of visitors. As safety is a complex topic, head to Is Oaxaca Safe? for a deep dive.

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What’s the best time to visit Chacahua Oaxaca?

The best time to visit Chacahua Oaxaca is from November to April, when the Chacahua weather is dry and warm. This is also when the surf conditions are optimal for surfing in Chacahua. 

🌡️ Chacahua Oaxaca Weather

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Chacahua average weather forecast. (Photo: Weather Atlas)

Regarding Chacahua weather, it’s important to keep in mind that even during the dry season, there may be occasional rain showers. These do usually pass quickly though, but that’s the way it is in the tropics!

Not sure what to pack for Chacahua Oaxaca Mexico? Check out this guide to Packing for Mexico, and for outfit inspiration, head to Cute Outfits for Mexico.

Are there ATMS in Chacahua?

No — There are no ATMs in Chacahua. It’s recommended to bring cash, and for most, $300-500 pesos per day ($15-25 USD) is enough to cover food and a few cold beers.

While some Chacahua restaurants and accommodations may accept credit cards, but it’s always best to have cash on hand. Pretty much no places accept USD or Euros, so you’ll need to have pesos.

🏧 Note: There is one tienda (convenience store) in Chacahua that will distribute cash, but they are charging a 10% service fee, so it pays to plan ahead.

Does Chacahua have internet? 

Yes — Chacahua has internet, but it won’t be as fast and reliable as in bigger cities.

book on the table at a beach cafe
Looking for things to do in Chacahua Oaxaca? You can catch up on a good book, because the WiFi is pretty weak.

Some Chacahua hotels and restaurants offer Wi-Fi, but it’s best to check with your accommodation beforehand. 

Having a local SIM card with data can also be a good option for staying connected while on the island.

What do I need to bring to Chacahua?

It’s best to bring all the beach essentials and enough cash for your stay in Chacahua, as there are no ATMs.

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Don’t forget to apply sunscreen before you explore Chacahua, and always remember to hydrate!

Also, bring insect and mosquito repellent as the area is known for mosquitos. 

It’s also recommended to bring sturdy footwear for exploring the beaches and lagoons, and sunscreen and hats for sun protection. This reusable water bottle with built-in filter from Water-To-Go will also come in handy.

Finally, remember to bring your camera to capture all the fantastic sights and experiences in Chacahua.

Can you swim in Chacahua Beach?

Swimming is popular in Chacahua, as it has a long main beach with clear waters and many lagoons in the Chacahua Lagoons National Park.

chacahua beach oaxaca Mexico

It’s important to note the current before that swimming in the lagoons. If you want to cross the lagoon, that may require a guide or boat due to a strong current.

How do you pronounce Chacahua?

What’s the Chacahua pronunciation is a common question — and to clear up any confusion, Chacahua is correctly pronounced cha-KAH-wah.

Is Chacahua Oaxaca a good place to surf?

Yes — Chacahua is a great place to surf in Mexico, especially for beginners. The waves are frequent and suitable for improving skills, and there are options to rent surfboards and take lessons.

surfer getting out of the water in Puerto Escondido Mexico
Surfing in Chacahua is a fun activity you can do, as the beach is perfect for it.

Chacahua Beach is also known for its year round waves, with the rainy season offering bigger waves for experienced surfers.

Before you go, check the Chacahua surf forecast or a local Chacahua surf guide to get an idea of what the waves will be like during your visit.

Final Thoughts: Ultimate Chacahua Guide

Chacahua is a hidden gem on the Oaxacan coast, known for its stunning beaches, diverse wildlife, and rich Afromestizo culture.

This peaceful and serene destination is perfect for those seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. It truly is one of the best places to visit in Oaxaca Mexico.

coconut on the sany beach of Chachaua


Looking for the best way to visit Chacahua? This Puerto Escondido to Chacahua Tour is rated a Five Stars.

With plenty of activities to keep visitors busy, from surfing to bioluminescence tours, there’s something for everyone here. You certainly won’t be wondering “Chacahua what to do?” during your visit!

While Chacahua Island is remote and lacks modern conveniences like ATMs and reliable internet, it’s worth the tradeoff for the opportunity to disconnect and unwind. 

The cuisine in Chacahua is simple yet delicious, with seafood being a staple.

Whether you’re looking to lay on the beach, get a massage, or learn about the local culture in Mexico, Chacahua is the perfect destination to escape, relax, and rejuvenate.

Oaxaca Travel Planning Guide

Should I buy Mexico travel insurance for Oaxaca?

100% YES! — With basic coverage averaging just $5-10 USD per day, enjoy peace of mind with a plan from Travel Insurance Master, one of the biggest names in travel insurance. (Read more)

Can you drink the water in Oaxaca?

No — You’ll want to buy this Water-To-Go Bottle, which filters your drinking water so you don’t get sick from drinking water in Mexico, and helps keep you hydrated while traveling to Oaxaca. (Read more)

Is it safe to rent a car in Oaxaca?

Yes — Renting a car in Oaxaca is one of the best ways to see the state. I always rent with Discover Cars, which checks international companies and local Oaxaca companies, so you get the best rates. (Read more)

Will my phone work in Oaxaca?

Maybe — It depends on your company, so check with your provider. If you don’t have free Mexico service, buy a Telcel SIM Card. As Mexico’s largest carrier, Telcel has the best coverage of all Mexico SIM Cards. (Read more)

What’s the best way to book places to stay in Oaxaca?

For Oaxaca hotels, is the best site. If you’re considering a Oaxaca Airbnb, also check VRBO, which is often cheaper than Airbnb. For the best Oaxaca hostels, use HostelWorld.

What do I pack for Oaxaca?

Head to the Ultimate Mexico Packing List + FREE Checklist Download to get all the info you need on packing for Mexico.

What’s the best site to buy Oaxaca flights?

For finding cheap Oaxaca flights, I recommend booking through Skyscanner.

Do I need a visa for Oaxaca?

Likely Not — U.S., Canadian and most European Passport holders don’t need a visa for Mexico; but you can check here to see if you need a Mexico travel visa.

The vast majority of travelers will receive a a passport stamp, or 180-Day FMM Tourist Visa upon arrival.