Puerto Escondido to Chacahua: Best Tours & Travel Options in 2023

puerto escondido to chacahua travel guide


You’re in the right place because I live in Mexico and have been to Chacahua several times. This complete travel guide to Chacahua Mexico covers all the best tours and travel options from Puerto Escondido to Chacahua.

Nestled on Oaxaca’s pristine coastline, Chacahua has evolved from a tiny fishing village to a must-visit destination. ⭐️ As it’s remote, the easiest way to get to Chacahua is by booking this tour from Puerto Escondido.

With miles of white sand beaches, turquoise waters and lush mangrove forests, Chacahua offers a unique blend of adventure, nature and relaxation. If you’re searching for a secluded Mexican beach escape, Chacahua is the place.

And there is no better way to get to Chacahua than from Puerto Escondido. But how to get to Chacahua can be tricky. Ready to learn how to get from Puerto Escondido to Laguna Chacahua? Let’s dive in!

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Where is Chachua located?

Chacahua is a small town located about 155 miles (250 kilometers) southwest of the city of Oaxaca. It is about 1-1.5 hours from Puerto Escondido by a combo of car and boat ride.

Chacahua Oaxaca Map

The town of Chacahua Oaxaca is located in Lagunas de Chacahua National Park, and situated on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.

If you’re a visual person like me, use the map above to answer the Where is Chacahua Mexico? question.

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How to get from Chacahua from Puerto Escondido

One of the only ways of traveling the Puerto Escondido Chacahua route is by passing through Puerto Escondido.

So how do you get to Chacahua? Once you arrive in Puerto Escondido, you can choose to either join this Chacahua tour, rent a car in Puerto Escondido, rent a scooter, take public transportation to El Zapotalito.

Once there, you’ll board the boat to Chacahua. There is the longer boat tour on a private or semi-private boat, or you na take the short boat ride and then take the camioneta (pick-up truck) the rest of the way.

Best Puerto Escondido to Chacahua Tour

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About to arrive at Chacahua Island via boat.

One of the most hassle-free transfers, don’t hesitate on booking this Chacahua day trip from Puerto Escondido — the easiest and fastest way to get to to Chacahua.

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 Chacahua instead of returning to Puerto Escondido.

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Step 1: Puerto Escondido to El Zapotalito

Private Car from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido
Wondering, How to get to Chacahua from Puerto Escondido? You can rent a car in Puerto Escondido, ride a colectivo, a bus, or a taxi from Puerto Escondido to Zapotalito.

🚙 Option 1: Drive Yourself

One of the best ways of getting to Chacahua from Puerto Escondido is to rent a car. The drive from Puerto Escondido to Zapotalito takes about one hour, and you can leave your car there at the dock until you return from Chacahua.

🚌 Option 2: Take Public transport

colectivo van in oaxaca mexico
A colectivo is a small shared van, and a popular way to get around Mexico for cheap.

You can also take public transportation from Puerto Escondido to El Zapotalito. For this, you’ll head to Terminal TUR in Downtown Puerto Escondido and hop on a colectivo heading towards Rio Grande, Oaxaca.

Let the driver know you’re going to Chacahua, and you’ll be dropped off at the intersection outside El Zapotalito boat docks. The bus ticket per person is about $55-70 MXN pesos ($3-4 USD), and the trip is approximately one hour. 

🚕 Option 3: Take a Taxi from Puerto Escondido to Zapotalito

taxi in puerto escondido oaxaca mexico
There are plenty of taxis in Puerto Escondido, available day and night.

Another option is to take a taxi to Zapotalito from Puerto Escondido. Many taxis take people to and from El Zapotalito throughout the day.

The cost of the taxi can range from $300-500 pesos ($15-25 USD) per car, depending on your negotiations skills.

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Step 2: 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 El Zapotalito Oaxaca, you have two options on how to get to Chacahua.

Option 1️⃣

The first is a combination 10-minute boat trip with a 40-minute camioneta ride in the back of a pick-up truck on a very bumpy dirt gravel road. (No, it’s not the most comfy ride.)

This option will cost about $100 pesos ($5 USD), which is $50 pesos for the boat and $50 pesos for the camioneta. For those traveling to Chacahua on a budget, this is the way to go.

Option 2️⃣

The second option is a direct boat into town, which will take about 30-45 minutes. It is a lot more comfortable than option one, and a lot more beautiful — but also costs quite a bit more.

Prices depend on your bargaining ability and the number of people on the boat, but in general, fares range between $200 to $500 pesos (about $10-25 USD) per person.

A whole boat is usually $1,000-1,500 pesos ($50-75 USD). To save some money, ask around when you get to the dock and you might be able to split the cost with others traveling to Chacahua.

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Best Puerto Escondido Tour to Chacahua

If you’re short on time, this tour to Chacahua from Puerto Escondido is your best option because it has great ratings and takes you to all the best spots.

However, there are a few others tours as well, which you’ll see below.

All these tours offer round-trip transportation but, if you’d like to spend a couple of days in Chacahua, ask the tour operator if that’s possible before booking because some tours will offer it.

1. Private Tour to Chacahua National Park

beach in Chacahua National Park
Explore Chacahua National Park and see different wildlife animals when you book this Chacahua National Park day trip.

⭐️ Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars | ⏰ Tour Length: 8 hours | 🤿 Check Rates & Availability

Embark on a journey through the heart of nature and discover the beauty of Parque Nacional Lagunas de Chacahua on this Chacahua Park Private Tour

With a private guide and vehicle at your disposal, you will be taken on a boat ride through the park’s lagoons to see crocodiles, iguanas, and lush mangrove forests. 

The trip was great. We saw so much wild life. The birds were amazing.

-ANNA (read more reviews)

After lunch, you will have free time to explore the island, swim in the ocean, or snorkel in the pristine waters. This tour is perfect for nature lovers who want to immerse themselves in the beauty of Chacahua’s flora and fauna. 

With its stunning landscapes, rich wildlife, and unforgettable experiences, booking this tour to the Parque Nacional de Chacahua is a must for those who love the great outdoors.

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2. Chacahua Lagoons National Park Day Trip from Puerto Escondido

beach in chacahua national park oaxaca mexico
Book Chacahua Lagoons National Park day trip from Puerto Escondido to visit sanctuaries and explore the lagoons.

⭐️ Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars | ⏰ Tour Length: 8 hours | ⛵️ Check Rates & Availability

Take a trip to the heart of Parque Nacional Chacahua, where the ocean meets the mangroves, and a rich cultural history awaits on this Chacahua Lagoon National Park Day Trip.  

Discover the wonders of this unique area on a day or evening tour that takes you on a boat ride through the five lagoons, a maze of mangroves, and the vibrant bird sanctuary of Corral island. 

Learn about the Afromestizos culture and the history of the region as you explore the charming village of Chacahua.

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)

If you choose the evening tour, brace yourself for a truly magical experience as you witness the breathtaking sunset at the Chacahua lighthouse, swim in the bioluminescent lagoon and gather around a campfire on the beach. 

With round-trip transport from your Puerto Escondido hotel included, this tour has everything you need for a memorable adventure. And if you’d like to stay in Chacahua village and not return, this can also be arranged.

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3. Bioluminescent Lagoon Boat Ride and Swim from Puerto Escondido

bioluminescent plankton making the lagoon glow during the night
Book a Bioluminescent Lagoon Boat Ride and watch as the bioluminescent plankton make the lagoon glow in Chacahua.

⭐️ Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars | ⏰ Tour Length: 3 hours | 🌌 Check Rates & Availability

Experience one of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders on this Bioluminescent Lagoon Tour from Puerto Escondido

Go on a journey to Lagunas de Chacahua and marvel at the vibrant display of bioluminescent lights. Dip into the illuminated waters and watch it transform into glitter rolling down your arm with every movement. 

Fantastic tour with a great tour guide and awesome views for the boat ride! 

-KRISTINA (read more reviews)

For those who want to get up close and personal with this natural wonder, you can choose to swim in the illuminated waters (with the provided life jacket) or stay in the boat and enjoy the night sky. 

This tour is a must-do for anyone visiting Puerto Escondido and includes hotel pickup and drop-off. Don’t forget to bring a swimsuit and towel if you plan to take a dip!

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Where to Stay in Chacahua

If you want to stay in Chacahua after your tour, there are several accommodation options depending on your budget. Here are just a couple that you can consider if you plan on staying in Chacahua.

Best Chacahua Hotels

exterior of Casa Gitana, modern look with dried palm leaves roof - where to stay in Chacahua
Get the best view of the ocean when you book Casa Gitana Chacahua Hotel. (Photo © Gitana)

An upscale Chacahua accommodation option, Casa Gitana Chacahua (seen in the photo above) offers a beachfront location and gorgeous modern rooms, some of which offer sea views. It has excellent reviews for good reason!

While Casa Gitana is located a short walk from Downtown Chacahua, if you want to stay right in town, opt for Cabañas La Isla Chacahua.

I’ve stayed here several times, and it’s a great option right next to where the boats drop you off.

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Chacahua Hostels & Cabanas

interior of tipis in Porã Chacahua, with two double beds, one side table with an electric fan, a woven rug - where to stay in Chacahua
If you’re wondering where to stay in Chacahua and want to enjoy the Chacahua cabanas vibes, book Porã Chacahua Oaxaca. (Photo © Porã Chacahua Cabañas)

If camping is not your style, there are several glamping, hostel and cabana options in and around town that offer a variety of amenities, including air conditioning.

Some of our favorite accommodation options include: 

For a complete list of where to stay in Chacahua, make sure to read this article about Where to Stay in Chacahua.

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Go Camping in Chacahua

camping tent near the beach as the sun rises
Camping is a good option if you’re on a budget or want to be a little adventurous — but don’t forget to catch the sunrise in Chacahua when you do!

If you are on a budget, camping might be a great Chacahua accommodation option. Whether you have your own tent or wish to rent one, you can find camping spots offered by beachfront bars, restaurants and some cabañas.

Prices can range from free with the promise of purchasing food from the local restaurant to as much as $150 pesos ($7.50 USD) for a rented tent, complete with a mattress and bed sheets.

Hammocks are also available for about $50 pesos ($2.50 USD) per night, but it’s advisable to bring warm clothing and/or this best travel sleeping bag.

Although Chacahua camping facilities are basic, you will have access to the bathrooms and showers, and a few structures even have Wi-Fi — though you should expect pretty slow Wi-Fi.

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5 Best Things to Do in Chacahua Oaxaca

El Faro lighthouse in chacahua oaxaca mexico

1. Hike to the Chacahua Lighthouse (El Faro)

Hiking to the lighthouse is a must-do activity for nature and sunset enthusiasts. The lighthouse is located on the other side of the lagoon, accessible by a $10 peso (about $0.50 USD) boat ride from the main square. 

The hike up to the lighthouse takes around 15 minutes and is steep, but the views from the top are breathtaking.

The lighthouse is a popular spot for sunset viewing, so arrive about 30 minutes to 1 hour before sunset to secure a spot.

The walk to the lighthouse is strenuous, so wear sturdy footwear, bring a camera, your reusable water bottle, and remember mosquito repellent.

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2. Go Surfing in Chacahua

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Hit the waves with your friends and take advantage of the ocean in Chacahua Mexico.

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. 

Chacahua surf rental typically costs $100 pesos ($5 USD) for 1 hour or $250 pesos ($13 USD) for 24 hours. Lessons are also available, with prices varying depending on the length and instructor. 

The best place to learn is Chacahua Surf Camp, located 10 minutes from the pier at the beginning of the beach.

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

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3. Release Baby Turtles in Chacahua

baby turtles swimming towards the ocean
Participate in the release of baby turtles. It’s a must-do activity when you’re in Chacahua.

Visitors to Chacahua Beach can participate in releasing baby turtles hatched from nests on the beach.

Three species of turtles, including Olive Ridley, Leatherback, and Green or Black turtles, nest their eggs on the sand of Playa Chacahua Oaxaca. 

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

Another option is to accompany the volunteer team during the collection of eggs at night. It’s best to check with the sanctuary for release schedules during your stay.

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4. Chacahua Bioluminescence Tours

bioluminescent plankton making the lagoon glow during the night
Witnessing the bioluminescent phenomena is an experience like no other.

Chacahua lagoon 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 MXN pesos ($5.50 USD) per person.

It’s best to ask for this type of tour during the day for that night. 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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5. Unplug & Relax at Chachua Playa (+ Get a Massage)

getting a massage on the beach
After your Chacahua activities, treat yourself to a nice relaxing massage.

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.

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4 Things To Know Before You Go to Chacahua

chacahua beach

Before you book the trip of your dreams to Chacahua, here are a couple of things you need to know about traveling to Chacahua Mexico:

1. This is a Barebones Type of Destination

If you are looking for luxury, then look elsewhere. Chacahua is a destination for the adventurous traveler, where the beauty of nature takes center stage, and luxurious amenities take a back seat. 

If you’re looking for a place to disconnect and escape the hustle and bustle of city life, this is the perfect place.

Chacahua is a tiny village with limited resources.

Chacahua accommodations are basic, and many don’t offer air conditioning or hot water (you won’t really miss them). The food is fresh and delicious, but it can also be relatively simple for some. Wi-Fi is also limited.

However, for those who embrace the simplicity of Chacahua, the reward is breathtaking landscapes, unspoiled beaches, a hippie yet authentic vibe, and a chance to immerse yourself in a rich and diverse local culture.

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2. There are no ATMs in Chacahua

boating through the mangroves in chacahua oaxaca mexico
If you want to take any Chacahua tours, like this mangrove boat tour, bring extra cash.

Cash is king in Mexico, especially rural Mexico, so be aware that Chacahua is cash only! To be clear: Hotels, restaurants, and shops do not accept credit cards.

If you’re planning a trip to Chacahua, preparing for a more rustic, off-the-grid experience is essential. One aspect of this is that there are no Chacahua ATMs, so be sure to bring enough cash for your entire trip. 

To avoid any stress or inconvenience, stop by an ATM in Puerto Escondido before coming to Chacahua.

For most visitors, $500 pesos per day (about $28 USD) will suffice. This will cover about 2-3 meals, 3-4 beers, and tips. If you want to take surf lessons and do any tours in Chacahua, bring at least $800 pesos per day (about $47 USD).

⚠️ Note: There is one tienda (convenience store) in the main part of town that will give you cash. However, they impose a 10% surcharge, so it really pays to show up prepared.

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3. There’s Limited Internet Access in Chacahua

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

If you rely on staying connected, then be aware that the WiFi in Chacahua can be spotty.

Don’t expect to have reliable, high-speed internet during your stay. While some hotels and restaurants may offer WiFi, it’s often slow and unreliable. 

If you need to stay connected for work, personal reasons or social media, it might be best to consider another destination.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to truly disconnect, this lack of connectivity might not be an issue for you.

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4. You Need to Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes

El Faro lighthouse in chacahua oaxaca mexico
El Faro lighthouse is the best place to see the sunset in Chacahua Mexico — but don’t forget the mosquito spray!

If you’re heading to Chacahua, don’t forget to pack this bug spray! The island is surrounded by lush vegetation, and there are a lot of insects and mosquitoes around, especially in the evenings. 

To avoid being constantly annoyed by bites, bring a good quality bug spray and apply it regularly. You might also want to consider this mosquito bite cream for relief from any bites you do get.

Puerto Escondido to Chacahua: Frequently Asked Questions

️Is Chacahua, Oaxaca an island?

Chacahua is also called Islas de Chacahua National Park and is often called Chacahua Island — however, it’s technically not an island because it’s connected to land.

aerial view of chacahua oaxaca mexico
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 encompasses a variety of ecosystems, including lagoons, mangroves, and beaches. There are no islands to visit in the park.

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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 to 3 hours.

boat to chacahua oaxaca
Boating through the mangroves to get to Lagunas de Chacahua National Park.

When you’re traveling the reverse Chacahua Puerto Escondido Oaxaca trip, it takes about the same time.

The fastest way to get from Puerto Escondido to Chacahua means taking a one hour taxi ride from Puerto Escondido to El Zapotalito dock, where you’ll catch the boat to Chacahua.

From there, you’ll take a 30-45 minute boat form El Zapotalito to Chacahua.

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What is the cheapest way to get from Puerto Escondido to Chacahua?

The cheapest way to get from Puerto Escondido to Chacahua is by public transportation. There are colectivo vans that you can use for this.

colectivo van in oaxaca mexico
The colectivo is a shared van, and one of the cheapest ways to get around on the Oaxacan coast.

You can catch the colectivo from Puerto Escondido to El Zapotalito from the Terminal TUR Bus Station in downtown. Make sure you’re getting on one heading towards Rio Grande.

Let the driver know you’re heading to Chacahua, and you’ll be dropped off at the intersection outside El Zapotalito. You’ll then take the camioneta (taxi truck) to the secondary dock, and finally, the short boat ride to Chacahua.

This option will cost about $100 pesos ($5 USD); $50 pesos for the boat and $50 pesos for the camioneta. In total, the trip will take about 2-3 hours.

Mazunte to Chacahua — Is it possible?

It is, but there’s not really a direct route unless you’re renting a car in Oaxaca. If you are, you can just drive from Mazunte to El Zapotalito dock and take the boat to Chacahua.

mazunte pueblo magico sign
Mazunte is one of the best pueblos magicos in Oaxaca, which means “magic towns.”

If you’re not renting a car, you’ll have to find a taxi driver who will make the drive from Mazunte to El Zapotalito. Please note this is about a two-hour drive, and the taxi will charge likely you about $1,000 pesos ($55 USD).

To get to Chacahua via public transport from Mazunte, you’ll need to pass through Puerto Escondido. The same goes for the return trip on the Chacahua to Mazunte route.

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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, which is famous for its lagoons and mangrove swamps.

chacahua beach oaxaca Mexico
Chacahua is the perfect destination for those who want to be on a laid-back and untouched beach.

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.

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Is Chacahua worth visiting?

Yes! Chacahua offers a unique blend of natural beauty, a peaceful atmosphere, and cultural heritage. It is one of the best Mexico hidden gems.

boat at sunset in chacahua mexico
The sunrise in Chacahua is like no other, so make sure you don’t miss it.

The stunning lagoons, mangrove swamps, and coastline make it the perfect destination for nature lovers, surf enthusiasts, and those seeking a peaceful escape.

The Afro-Mexican culture adds an extra layer of richness and tradition.

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Is Chacahua safe to travel to?

Yes — Chacahua Oaxaca Mexico is considered a safe place to travel. As safety is a complex topic, head to Is Mexico Safe to Visit Right Now? 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.

🌡️ Weather in Chacahua Mexico

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Chacahua average weather forecast (Photo: Weather Atlas)

However, it’s important to keep in mind that even during the dry season, there may be occasional rain showers.

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What do I need to bring to Chacahua?

It’s best to bring enough cash for your stay in Chacahua, as there are no ATMs. Also, bring insect and mosquito repellent, as the area is known for mosquitos.

clothes hanging on a clothes line on the beach in Chacahua Oaxaca
You don’t need much — but bring all your essentials with you to make sure you have a stress-free vacation in Chacahua.

It’s also recommended to bring sturdy footwear for exploring the beaches and lagoons and sunscreen and sun hats for sun protection.

Remember to also bring your camera to capture all the fantastic sights and experiences in Chacahua.

🧳 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.

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Can you swim in Chacahua?

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

It’s important to note that swimming in the lagoons may require travel guides or a boat. However, the Pacific Ocean side is popular with swimmers and surfers.

Is Chacahua Oaxaca a good place to surf?

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

surfing at Playa Carrizalillo Beach Puerto Escondido Oaxaca
Chacahua has a ton of activities to offer, one of them is surfing.

The 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 to get an idea of what the waves will be like during your visit. 

Final Thoughts: Puerto Escondido to Chacahua

Chacahua is a serene escape that allows visitors to disconnect from the fast-paced world and immerse themselves in nature’s beauty. 

With a wide range of activities, from surfing to bioluminescence tours, there’s something for everyone here.

Despite its remote location and lack of modern conveniences, the tradeoff for the opportunity to unwind in a peaceful environment is well worth it. 

The local cuisine is simple but delicious, with seafood being a staple. The island’s stunning natural beauty, including miles of white sand and crystal clear waters, adds to the peaceful and rejuvenating experience.

With its serene atmosphere, breathtaking nature, and endless opportunities for relaxation and adventure, Chacahua is truly a hidden gem on Mexico’s stunning Oaxacan coastline. It should be on every traveler’s bucket list!

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 a 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, Booking.com 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.