It is one of the oldest and most historic towns on the entire Chiapas coast. It preserves its traditional architecture of tile houses and strong colors. The life of this city revolves around the Esperanza central park, adorned by a stele of Teotihuacan influence, coming from the archaeological site of Horcones and representing Tlaloc.

Tonalá is the center of one of the main cattle-raising regions of Chiapas. A visit to Tonala should include the colonial temple of San Francisco de Asis and the wide coastal strip of the Mexican Pacific.

Places you can't miss!


There are many aspects of this municipality on the coast of the state: the food, the beaches, the vernacular architecture and, of course, the rich and varied vegetation. Here are some of the things you shouldn’t miss when visiting this city:


• San Francisco de Asís Temple.


Archaeological Zone of Iglesia Vieja


Puerto Arista


Boca del Cielo


Madre Sal Ecotourism Center




The gastronomy of the sea is a treasure of the Chiapas coast. Enjoy a gastronomic experience and don't miss the following recommendations:


  • Lemon water with chia or tepache
  • Cocadas and coyol with sweet
  • Turula tostadas
  • Dogfish empanadas
  • Grilled mullet and shrimp broth
  • Macabil sausage


Meet our Turulos flavors.

Our recommendations for your trip


Tonalá is the main beach destination in the state of Chiapas, a resting and recreational destination for locals and visitors, who like to sunbathe at the sea and sand. Its name means Place of the Sun. You must take into account the following recommendations:


  • The best months to visit are from December to mid-May when there is no rain.
  • Keep in mind that April, May and June are the hottest months, wear cool clothes, preferably cotton or linen, and a visor or hat to mitigate the sun's rays.
  • It is essential to wear comfortable shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen, as well as to drink plenty of fluids.
  • During the months of June to October the rains are frequent in the afternoon so don’t forget your umbrella. 



How to get to Tonalá?


If you are interested in spending a weekend or vacation in this beach destination, from the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez, there is a wide range of transportation options that will take you to Tonalá. Here are the most important ones:

  • Bus lines: There are daily departures
    • ADO buses
    • Cristóbal Colón bus
    • Aexxa buses
    Kilometers: 150 km. Approximate time: 2 hr.
  • If you travel with your own vehicle, from the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, follow the instructions:

    If you travel with your own vehicle, from the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, follow the instructions: Take the Pan-American Highway or 190 with destinations to Ocozocoautla de Espinosa, then take the toll road back to San Pedro Tapanatepec, Oaxaca; Continue until you reach the exit of the town of Arriaga, to continue to Tonalá you can either go through the center of Tonalá or take the detour along the road that surrounds the town itself. Note: on this road you will cross 3 toll booths (Ocozocoautla - Jiquipilas and Arriaga at a cost of $ 120.00 for the 3 of them) Kilometers traveled: 150 km Approximate time: 1 hr. 30 min.

Photo gallery


Urban map

Was this information useful to you?

Leave a comment

Related Posts