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Chac Mool

Restaurant/Bar/Cafe

Chacala, Nayarit, Mexico

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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It was our first visit to Chacala beach in the Mexican state of Nayarit. What a pleasant place! A tiny fishing village of only about 300 inhabitants, Chacala swells to about a thousand during High Season.

A favorite Restaurant/bar/cafe in the area is Chac Mool.

The Pre-Columbian MesoAmerican sculpture in the center called Chac Mool

The Pre-Columbian MesoAmerican sculpture in the center called Chac Mool

All throughout this area of Mexico and Central America, you will find references to a sculpture of a warrior lying on his back with his head turned at 90 degrees from his body. On his belly is usually a plate or offering bowl in which gifts were given to the gods.

This particular restaurant/bar/cafe was a favorite of Canadian and American Tourists and this establishment must have had an agreement with hotels up and down this coastal area. Daily, groups of Gringo visitors would come through this restaurant (which led to the beach in the back) and plant themselves down for the day.

Large tables, beach chairs and umbrellas were all set up, and with Chac Mool's menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus gourmet coffees, wine by the glass, boutique Margaritas, umbrella drinks and Mexican beer, the day would easily slip by.

Our cappuccino and papaya smoothie

Our cappuccino and papaya smoothie

We got there early one morning before the crowds took over and it was very peaceful. While there might have been other places that offered fruit smoothies and specialty coffee drinks, we did not find them on this visit.

 

 

 

 

We had a fine table right at the beach and the view was completely unobstructed... until...

Beach tables and umbrellas for rent

Beach tables and umbrellas for rent

Tables and umbrellas are for rent at various shops and whole families set up down by the water line.

Chacala is only about 3 hours from Guadalajara, and we met several people who were from that city. What a great place to spend time with your loved ones!

The little girl in the pink bathing suit on the left is already digging her hole in the sand and bringing water from the ocean to that hole to make a sand castle.

Making sand castles was a big deal on this beach, or burying a brother or sister under the sand, and making sand sculptures of turtles or fish.

But the biggest attraction was making holes. Big holes, little holes, wide holes and narrow holes.

I wondered... were they trying to dig their way to China? Were they looking for buried treasure? 

Little boys would run across the beach and dive into the holes and look very satisfied with themselves. They'd get out of the hole, set themselves up another time, run full-force towards the hole and dive in once again.

It seemed they never tired of this game.

Chac Mool's coffee and Margarita menu

Chac Mool's coffee and Margarita menu

You could find just about anything you wanted on this drink menu - gourmet coffee, tropical beach drinks or Margaritas. Mexican hot chocolate is famous, and Chai Lattes are simply delicious.

 

If you would like a Jalapeno Margarita, Strawberry Daiquiri or a craft beer...this is the place!

At the current Peso-to-Dollar Exchange, Daiquiris are about $5USD, Margaritas just over $4USD, and a double Cappuccino is about $2.50USD.

Billy and Akaisha at Chacala beach

Billy and Akaisha at Chacala beach

Here we are, living the simple life. Boats in the cove, sunny weather, sweet, calm waves.

Seafood in the restaurants!!

Pacifico at the beach!

Pacifico at the beach!

Watching the waves rhythmically roll in as the sun passes through the sky...

It's an easy, leisurely life.

Chac Mool has a wide area of palapas in the back end of the restaurant. Plenty of places to sit and enjoy your toes in the sand shaded from the direct sun.

Chacala is a great place to get your Vitamin Sea and D.

Calamari rings with tartar sauce and Italian dipping sauce

Calamari rings with tartar sauce and Italian dipping sauce

 

 

 

 

These were delicious calamari rings for under $5USD. Fresh, perfectly crisped with tasty sauces.

It was a super accompaniment for watching the sunset just steps from the ocean.

Our bill

Our bill

Notice that there are two totals on our bill. The 182 Pesos are for the calamari and the Pacifico beer.

Then you will see that the tip is optional, and the second total of 206 Pesos will include that tip.

We want to caution you to examine your restaurant bills as some restaurants will include the tip, others will say the tip is optional and include that figure. Still others will only give a total, but no tip is included.

You must check with the server so that you don't mistakenly tip on the figure that already includes the tip, as this is an easy mistake to make.

Just a side note, in our piece on the tourist beach of Yelapa, we mentioned the prices there were off the charts. Beers were 45 Pesos each, for instance. Chac Mool is the most expensive restaurant at Chacala Beach, and the beers here were 23 Pesos each.

There are plenty of tourists visiting Chacala, but the businesses found no need to double their beer and food prices to make a living.

This could be YOU!

This could be YOU!

Chacala awaits your arrival. It's a peaceful, simple and CLEAN place, family friendly and affordable. Chacala has won the Clean Beach Award two years in a row and it shows.

Whether it's breakfast lunch or dinner, Chac Mool is a pleasant place to pass a meal and enjoy the view.

Chac Mool

Av. Chacalilla S/N, 63715 Chacala, Nayarit

 Hours: Open daily, closes at 10PM

Phone: 01 327 219 4037

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Email: chacmoolcafe@hotmail.com Website:  http://www.chacmoolcafe.com

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on Amazon.com.

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