Bacalar Lagoon Mexico: How to Plan the Ultimate Trip

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Traveling to Bacalar Lagoon in Quintana Roo, Mexico?

You’re in the right place for info about this pueblo mágico (magic town)!

👋 Hi, I’m Shelley. I have been living and traveling solo in Mexico since April 2018. I have visited 14 states now, and can honestly say that Bacalar is one of Mexico’s best off the beaten path destinations, and truly a hidden gem!

I loved traveling to Bacalar so much, that I’ve actually been twice now!

Located in the southern part of Quintana Roo state, in southeastern Mexico, Bacalar is la few hours from many of Mexico’s top destinations — Cancun, Tulum, Merida, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, etc.

making a name for itself thanks to the crystal clear water in Laguna Bacalar.

Bacalar lagoon has earned the nickname, the Maldives of Mexico, after the instafamous Maldives Islands.

Though technically a pueblo (small town), there are quite a few things to do, see, eat and experience in Bacalar, Mexico.

Woman on standup paddleboard at sunrise on bacalar lagoon
Bacalar is located in Quintana Roo state, in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

In this blog, you’re going to learn about Bacalar’s top things to do, the best Airbnbs, hotels and resorts, and how to travel to Laguna Bacalar for different places in the Yucatan Peninsula. By then end, you’re going to know exactly how to plan your ultimate Bacalar trip!

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Map of Bacalar

For your travel planning convenience, all places mentioned in this blog have been pinned to this Bacalar map for you! I hope this makes your Bacalar trip that much easier to envision.

Here you’ll find things to do, Bacalar sights, restaurants, cafes, cenotes… basically everywhere you want to go in Bacalar and best all the best things to do for an amazing trip!

How to Get to Bacalar, Mexico

Flying to Bacalar

The closest airport is Chetumal International Airport (code: CTM), located only about 30-45 minutes from Bacalar. This is a small, regional airport, so you’d have to connect through either the Mexico City, Cancun or Guadalajara International Airports.

You can also fly into Cancun International Airport (code: CUN) and drive or take the bus to Bacalar. Both rental car companies and bus companies are located right at the airport.

Note: There is no Uber service in Quintana Roo state. Make sure you have cash for the taxi ride from the airport.

Taking a Bus to Bacalar

Mexico’s largest bus company, ADO, has trips from anywhere in Quintana Roo state, as well as Merida, down to Bacalar. The price will vary depending on your origin point, but figure about $800-1000 pesos ($40-50) roundtrip.

There is only one bus station in Bacalar, and once you arrive there will be taxis waiting outside. Make sure you negotiate and agree on the price before getting in the car!

Note: There is no Uber service in Quintana Roo state. Make sure you have cash for taxi rides.

Driving to Bacalar

If you’re renting a car, driving within the Yucatan Peninsula is a very easy and quite safe! Below you’ll find maps to Bacalar from a few popular Mexico destinations not far from Laguna Bacalar.

To those who have never driven in Mexico, check out this list of helpful tips.

Pro tip: Download an offline map through Google Maps or because your cell phone signal will go in and out when you’re driving through the more rural areas of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

You might also want to download some Mexico travel and solo travel podcasts for the drive!

Cancun to Bacalar

Driving: From the north cities of Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya, you basically just take Highway 307/Chetumal-Cancun all the way south to Bacalar. The drive will take about 4.5 hours with stops.

If you’re traveling from Playa del Carmen or Rivera Maya, you’d follow the same driving directions. These two cities are just south of Cancun, so the drive will take about 45 minutes less.

Bus: There are a few bus stations in Cancun, and more offer routes to Bacalar. You can also take the ADO bus directly from the Cancun Airport to Laguna Bacalar.

Tulum to Bacalar

Driving: From Tulum, you basically just take Highway 307/Chetumal-Cancun all the way south to Bacalar. The drive will take about 2.5 hours.

Bus: If you’re taking the bus from Tulum to Bacalar, there is only one bus station in the city, located in downtown Tulum, so you’d go from there. Check the ADO website fo the bus schedule.

Merida to Bacalar

Driving: From Merida, there are a few more highway changes, but still quite an easy drive… if you follow these driving tips. The Merida to Bacalar drive will take about 4.5 hours.

Bus: If you’re taking the bus from Merida to Bacalar, you can depart from the main bus terminal in downtown Merida, Terminal de Autobuses de Merida or TAME, or the Paseo 60 bus terminal on Paseo de Montejo.

Check the ADO website fo the bus schedule.

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Laguna Bacalar FAQ

Here’s everything you need to know about Bacalar, the town, and Laguna Bacalar, the lagoon! Keep that in mind, most people will just say “Bacalar” when referring to both the town and the lake.

Where is Bacalar?

Bacalar is located in the southern part of Quintana Roo state, located in southeast Mexico in the Yucatan Peninsula. In fact, Bacalar is so far south that you’re only about 30-45 minutes from the border into Belize.

Is it Bacalar Lagoon or Bacalar Lake?

Laguna Bacalar (Bacalar Lagoon) is actually a lake, not a lagoon! If you see it sometimes called Lake Bacalar in English, now you know why! The correct Spanish name, however, is Laguna Bacalar.

It is actually the second largest freshwater lake on the planet. While it is nicknamed the Maldives of Mexico because of it’s gorgeous blue water, Bacalar’s freshwater, unlike the saltwater surrounding the Maldives Islands, means your eyes won’t burn when swimming!

The Lagoon of Seven Colors

The original inhabitants of this part of Mexico, the Mayans, nicknamed Bacalar “The Lagoon of Seven Colors.” They say you can see seven distinct shades of blue in the water throughout the lake.

The reason for the extreme variations in colors is because of the varying depths of the lake.

Bacalar Lagoon ranges from 0- to 200-feet-deep; in the shallower parts, the waters looks clear or bright turquoise, while in the deeper parts, you’ll see the dark, indigo blue shades. 

What are Bacalar’s stromatolites?

One of the most interesting features in Laguna Bacalar are its stromatolites, the large circular disks you’ll see in the water. They are among the oldest living things presently found on Earth, and also found only in a handful of places.

It’s not super easy to explain what they really do, but basically they filter the lagoon’s water and keep it so beautiful. Stromatolites basically do for Bacalar Lagoon what coral does for the ocean; among other things.

Please practice responsible and sustainable tourism and do not touch them! In addition, rinse off before entering, and only use eco-friendly and biodegradable sunscreen when swimming in Bacalar Lagoon.

Is a Bacalar a pueblo magico?

Yes, it’s official: Bacalar pueblo magico is a “magical” place! Oh, and in case you’re wondering What is a pueblo mágico? — I’ll tell you!

This prestigious title of “magic town” is awarded to small towns in Mexico by the country’s Secretary of Tourism.

There are about 120 such towns that all have certain special characteristics including strong folkloric traditions and amazing natural beauty, which Bacalar has in spades!

Is Bacalar safe?

In short, yes.

In fact, I have found Mexico overall to be quite safe. Now, that’s not to say you should travel to Bacalar and assume you’re safety is a guarantee. You should follow general travel safety practices, because, in reality no place on planet Earth is 100% safe.

But, in short:

Yes — Bacalar consistently ranks as not only one of the safest cities in Mexico. It is a pueblo (small town), and feels like it.

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Best time to visit Bacalar?

The best time of year to visit Bacalar is during the dry season, from mid-November to late-March. In the winter months, you can expect little to no rain and pleasant temperatures.

Though technically winter, Bacalar is still in the tropics, so plan for hot days and cool nights. As an average, here are some temperatures ranges:

April91°F74°FPossibly rainy
May92°F76°FPossibly rainy
Sept.92°F75°FPossibly rainy
Oct.90°F72°FPossibly rainy
Source: NOAA

Is Bacalar worth visiting?

I have been to 14 states in Mexico now, which is more or less all the ones on anyone’s travel radar. There are only a few places everyone seems to agree on: Bacalar is on that list! 

Now, if you’re looking for a party town, Bacalar isn’t your place. However if you’re visiting Quintana Roo’s party towns of Cancun, Tulum and Playa del Carmen, and want to experience some of Mexico’s chill, unspoiled nature, Bacalar is your place.



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Bacalar Packing List

  1. Bathing suits
  2. Cover-up, if you want to wear any
  3. Dry bag to put wet cloths in when you’re leaving Bacalar
  4. Loose fitting clothes/Tropical clothes
  5. Sunglasses
  6. Sun hat
  7. Water shoes
  8. Sandals
  9. Towel (not all accommodations provide towels, or enough towels!)
  10. Environmentally-friendly sunscreen
  11. GoPro, if you have one
  12. Your laptop preloaded with movies, shows, and podcasts, as the WiFi in Bacalar isn’t always great
  13. Waterproof bag for your phone and cash
  14. CASH! There are no Ubers in Bacalar and Quintana Roo state, so bring cash for taxis. Also, some cafes don’t accept credit cards, and you’ll need cash to top tour guides and service workers.

Places to Stay in Bacalar

When I visit Bacalar, I always opt for an Airbnb. I have found that as this pueblo magico increasingly becomes one of Mexico’s best destinations, the price of its hotels and resorts keeps going up as well!

While this is a smaller town, I tend to think there’s two options for where to stay: directly on the lake or in downtown Bacalar.

I always opt for staying on Laguna Bacalar, and taking a cab/drive into town when I need to go there. If you opt to stay in downtown, you’d do the reverse and cab/drive to the lagoon.

For me, I like to wake up to the gorgeous lake views! Also, staying on the lake makes it easy and convenient to see Bacalar’s epic sunrises.

Bacalar is known for it’s epic sunrises!

Best Bacalar Airbnbs

Full disclosure: I’m a bit of an Airbnb pro. I managed to travel all over Mexico for about a year straight, and stay only in Airbnbs (rather than hostels).

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Best Bacalar Resorts and Hotels

Looking to splurge? While a few years back, Bacalar was a sleepy town, it is in fact becoming one of Mexico’s must visit Yucatan Peninsula destinations. The hotels are resorts of Bacalar are starting to reflect this as well.

Here are some of the best hotels in Bacalar:


  • Centro Holistico Akalki: Remember how I said Bacalar was the Maldives of Mexico, well Centro Holistico Akalki confirms it. Much like the famous resorts of the Maldives, this resort has overwater bungalows. In fact, this top-of-the-line resort has the only overwater Bungalows in Bacalar. 
  • Mia Bacalar Luxury Resort & Spa: Even though it’s not technically an all-inclusive resort, you’d really never need to leave the Mia Bacalar property. It is located right on the lagoon, has an onsite restaurant, pool bar, room service, and even a spa!


  • Los Aluxes: Looking for a fun, lively resort? Los Aluxes is your place. This resort is located right on Laguna Bacalar and has all of the iconic and instagrammable Bacalar water toys, like swings, water hammocks, etc. right outside.
  • Casa Shiva: The place for Bacalar glamping! Never heard of glamping? It’s what you get when you mix luxurious glam with rustic camping to live your best eco-chic life! Enjoy shabby chic villas and luxury yurts at this Bacalar Lagoon resort.
The lake view and water playground at Los Aluxes.


  • Kuuch Kaanil Villas: Private eco-villas and bungalows, with the lagoon swings and hammocks in the water that made Bacalar so instafamous! If you’re looking to do nothing at all besides reconnect with nature in the blue waters of Bacalar Lake, then this is a great option.
  • Hotel & Suites Oasis Bacalar and Casa Chukum: Located just a block or two from Laguna Bacalar, these two hotels are the nicest off-lake options in town. If I were to stay anywhere off-lake, it would be one of these two options.

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Best Hostels in Bacalar

  • Yak Lake House: Perhaps the most well known of the Bacalar hostels. The beautiful Yak Lake House has a shared dorm, private rooms, and like most hotels, a bar and tons of social activities and group tour options.
  • Green Monkey:  A popular lakefront hostel with dorms and camping options. They offer free breakfast, but you’ll have to skip this one if you need a hot-water shower!
  • Yaxche Centro Hostal & Camping: Yaxche has both indoor rooms and outdoor camping options available. This eco-hostel also has mini-beach club on the lake, with hammocks, a nice dock and instagrammable water swings.
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Bacalar Things to Do

As you might have gathered, the main things to do in Bacalar involve being in/on/around the lagoon! There are also some cenotes in and near Laguna Bacalar that you’ll want to check out, and a couple of notable things to see in downtown Bacalar.

If this is only a quick trip to Bacalar, I’d recommend definitely doing a boat tour of the lagoon and/or heading to Los Rapidos beach club.

Bacalar Tours

As I mentioned, Lake Bacalar is the second largest freshwater lake in the world — large as in 26 miles long. The best way to see it all is on a boat tour.

There are a few companies that have stands along the main road that circles Bacalar Lagoon, Avenida 1/Costera you can easily book a tour with.

Canal de los Piratas (pirate’s channel) in Bacalar Lake.

These take you on a motorboat ride to see some of the lagoon’s sites, including the Canal de los Piratas (Pirate’s Channel), Cenote la Bruja (witch’s cenote) and Isla de los Pajaros (Bird Island), depending on the tour you choose.

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What is an Airbnb Experience?

Never heard of these? While most people have heard of Airbnb for home/apartment rentals, Airbnb Experiences are newer and lesser-known — but just as awesome.

Basically, these are small group tours; though I’m actually a bigger fan of Airbnb Experiences than more traditional group tours! I’ve done several of these all over Mexico, and think they’re great because:

  1. You’re directly supporting a local.
  2. They are smaller groups, which means a more personalized experience.
  3. You will have an English-speaking guide.
  4. Airbnb lets you pay with a credit card, whereas many Bacalar tour companies you’d book when you arrive don’t accept them.
  5. You can instantly book them online, so you won’t waste your precious travel time finding a tour company.
  6. Like with an Airbnb stay, the guide gets rated at the end, motivating them to do a great job.
  7. They are a great and easy way to meet fellow solo travelers!
Kayaking on Laguna Bacalar is one of the most popular lake activities.

Bacalar Standup Paddleboarding (SUP)

Ever wanted to try standup paddleboarding? Bacalar is the perfect palace because of the lagoon’s perpetually calm water.

Many Airbnbs, hotels and hostels have paddleboards available for free or rent. Also, several companies in Bacalar offer lessons, tours, and sometimes, SUP yoga classes.

Want to take a Bacalar standup paddleboarding tour? Check out the Paddle Board Bacalar Stand Up (SUP) Tour!

Kayaking on Lake Bacalar

Want a more sit-down type of activity? Besides standup paddleboarding, Lake Bacalar kayaking is very popular as well. Like the paddleboards, most Airbnbs, hotels and hostels have free or rental kayaks on site.

Your host or accommodation staff can also give you an overview of how far away you should reasonably be safe to kayak. Since Lake Bacalar is so huge, you’d want to have an idea in mind of how far you’re planning to head out.

Want to take a Bacalar kayaking tour? Check out the Bacalar Unforgettable Kayak Ride Tour!

The Cocalitos balneario, which means beach/lagoon club, where you’ll find Cenote Cocalitos.

Bacalar Cenotes

In case you’re wondering What is a cenote? — they are basically underwater sinkholes filled with the fresh water that flows beneath the entire Yucatan Peninsula. In total, Mexico has about 6,000 cenotes!

There are a few cenotes in and around Bacalar, with three of them in the lagoon itself:

Cenote la Bruja (witch’s cenote) AKA cenote negro (black cenote), located inside Lake Bacalar.
  • Cenote la bruja (Witch’s cenote): Located inside of the lake, many of the boat tours will take you to see this cenote. Sometimes called cenote negro (black cenote), the water here is about 250-feet-deep so they don’t encourage swimming in it, but you will see the dark blue, almost black, water beneath you.
  • Cenote Cocalitos: Head to the Cocalitos beach/lagoon club to swim in this cenote.
  • Cenote Esmerelda (Emerald cenote): You’ll find this cenote in Laguna Bacalar, between cenote cocalitos and cenote la bruja.

Cenote Azul

Besides Bacalar Lagoon itself, the second most popular place to swim is cenote azul (blue cenote). It is also one of the deepest cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula, at about 300 feet!

If you wanted, you could spend a good amount of the day here. There’s an on-site restaurant, lockers for your stuff and bathrooms.

Cenote Azul is not connected to Bacalar Lake, though they share the freshwater from the same underground source.

Bacalar Beach Clubs (Balnearios)

It’s so hard not to call these beach clubs, but Bacalar is definitely not a beach! The technical name for the town’s beach/lagoon clubs is balnearios.

They vary in degrees of luxury/rusticness, but all will have some form of chairs, food/drink options, usually music playing, bathrooms, etc.

  • Cocalitos: Perhaps the most rustic, but still, there’s something so charming about this place. Here, you’ll see one of the two cenotes in Laguna Bacalar, cenote cocalitos, as well as a bunch of stromatolites.
  • Los Aluxes Bacalar: This isn’t a proper balnearios, but the Los Aluxes hotel has all the fun water stuff Bacalar is known for, including water hammocks and swings and a picturesque dock going out onto the lagoon. If you’re not a guest, you can come after 10am to enjoy the facilities.
  • Bacalar Beach Club: Arguably the nicest and best beach club on Bacalar Lagoon! Bacalar Beach Club has gourmet food, comfy lounge chairs and tables, a pool, jacuzzis, a bar, nice bathrooms; basically everything you’d want in a balneario.
  • Los Rapidos: Located on the southern end of the lake Los Rapidos (the rapids) is one of the most popular places to spend the day. There’s a restaurant, bar, kayak rentals, water hammocks, swings, bathrooms, and as the name implies, fast-moving rapids you play in!

Downtown Bacalar

While not a very large area, think 20 square blocks, there are a few things to do in downtown Bacalar.

Three of the top things to see are the Parroquia de San Joaquin (Saint Joaquin’s Parish), a Spanish colonial church, the big, colorful Bacalar letters sign and the Fuerte de San Felipe (Saint Felipe’s Fort).

If you do any of the boat tours, you’ll definitely go see the Canal de los Piratas (Pirate’s Channel).

Back in the day, this part of Mexico was very susceptible to pirate attacks. However, nowadays as pirates have become less of an issue, visitors can see the fort and cannons once used to defend Bacalar.

Best Restaurants in Bacalar

Best Restaurants in Bacalar

Looking to sit down and have a nice dinner? Bacalar actually has quite a few places you can try! For an even more unique experience, check out the Secret Lunch in the Lagoon Dining Experience!

  • Sisimite Caverna Moderna: The interior was made to look like a cave meets disco, and the food and drinks are just as fun.
  • Nao Bacalar: Nao is the place to get your sushi on. They have unique and traditional rolls, and being that you’re in the Yucatan Peninsula, the seafood is very fresh. 
  • La Playita: A lush jungle oasis right on the lake. La Playita is kind of a restaurant-meets-beach club, and it’s one of the nicest places you can eat at before hopping in the water.
  • Nixtamal: While Bacalar seems to be big on ceviches and refreshing dishes, you can get your cooked meats fix at Nixtamal, which specializes in grilled dishes. 
  • Pizzeria Bertilla: Little known fact, but Mexico has a pretty sizable Italian expat population, including the owner of Pizzeria Bertilla. They specialize in brick oven pizzas, but serve delicious pasta dishes also.
  • Cerveceria Bacalar: Bacalar has its own brewery! If beer’s not your thing, they also have fun cocktails, and a fun atmosphere overall. Cerveceria Bacalar turns into a club/neighborhood hangout with a DJ, movie nights, sports nights, and more.

For a more curated adult beverage experience, and a chance to sample some local mezcal, check out the Cultural Mezcal Tasting Experience!

Best Cafes in Bacalar

Looking for a casual cafe to eat breakfast, brunch or lunch? Check out these places, known as some of the best places to eat in Bacalar.

  • Marisquería El Taco Loco: The place for fish tacos, ceviches, whole fried fish, and basically all things seafood. Sample one of the dishes made a la pil pil, (with onion and herbs), the house specialty.
  • La Piña: A favorite among locals and visitors. La Piña has nice views of the lagoon and serves fresh food to match the natural environment vibe. Enjoy pita sandwiches and pizzas, with plenty of vegan options.
  • El Manatí: One of the most famous cafes in Bacalar, so during peak times, you can expect a bit of a wait. The tropical ambiance is beautiful though, so you can always enjoy the beautiful nature and cool artwork before your food arrives.
  • Mango y Chile: The best vegan restaurant in Bacalar. Head there to try their famous veggie burger, loved by carnivores and vegans alike, and a large selection of yummy vegan desserts.
  • Mi Borrito:  If you want a burrito in Bacalar, you’re going to want to head to Mi Borrito. This is a food truck, but there’s outdoor seating at tables under a covered palapa.
  • Bote de Leche: From the outside, it looks pretty unassuming, but one you enter, the ambiance is artsy and adorable. The food is shockingly gourmet for Bacalar, and honestly, this cafe feels like it was plucked straight from a big city. It is small — and amazing — so don’t be surprised if there’s a wait.
  • Ixchel Bacalar: Ixchel serves traditional Mexican plates, but with a slightly more gourmet presentation. Head there for the delicious chilaquiles, molletes and huevos rancheros.
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  1. Nichole the Nomad

    Ugh take me to Mexico! Your photos are stunning and this is such a great guide to plan a trip! I’m saving this because I have been wanted to visit Mexico again soon!

    • Shelley

      Hey Nichole: Bacalar is a great choice for your next Mexico trip. Really, the whole Yucatan Peninsula makes a great trip, but Bacalar is one of the standout destinations.

  2. Taylor

    Wow! This is beautiful. Bacalar is so high on my Mexico bucket list and I think it would be a perfect getaway for me. Also, this guide is super informative and helpful. Your photos are beautiful too! 🙂

    • Shelley

      Hi Taylor: You’re going to love Bacalar. It really is the perfect place to get away!

  3. ciaraturnerewert

    I had never heard of this spot before, but I feel like I could hop on a plane and simply follow your guide to an amazing trip! Thanks for all of the info on this magical place.

    • Shelley

      Hi Ciara: Bacalar is a little off the international tourist radar, but quite popular for Mexico national tourism. It’s still relatively undiscovered, which adds to it’s appeal (at least for me)!

  4. Krista

    Bacalar looks like an amazing place to visit! I haven’t been to Mexico yet but this post is giving me some serious wanderlust.

    • Shelley

      Krista: I’m glad this inspired you! Both Mexico & Bacalar are wonderful destinations.

  5. emailgetlost

    Oh my goodness, Bacalar looks beautiful! Those blue waters are incredible!! I swear I could spend all day admiring them! Kayaking sounds like a great way to appreciate those crystal waters. Thanks for the wonderful guide, I hope I have an opportunity to visit one day!

    • Shelley

      Hi there: Thanks for commenting! Bacalar really is a special place. The water is so perfect & enticing, I hope you get to see it & swim in it soon.

  6. kmf

    Mexico is my happy place. I’ve been there 27x in the past 30 years…but have never been here! The Mexican Maldives sounds and looks perfect! Definitely my next destination when we can roam freely again.

    • Shelley

      You’re going to love Bacalar so much… maybe also think about combining it with a Mahahual trip.

  7. Nichole the Nomad

    How have I never heard of Bacalar Lagoon!!! It looks so incredible from your beautiful photos. I’m saving this because I want to visit Mexico soon since I have only been to Mexico City for work! Thank you for providing this helpful guide!

  8. Erin

    I have only ever been to Mexico City, its on my list to return and visit some other regions of Mexico. And Bacalar Lagoon looks GORGEOUS! I’d love to do SUP or go swimming in some of their cenotes. Thanks for this in depth guide!

    • Shelley

      Hey Erin: I’m glad you liked CDMX… the Yucatan Peninsula would make a great 2nd Mexico trip.

  9. josypheen

    Goodness what a beautiful place! Plus if it is less famous that some of the other move obvious resorts, that is even better – I mean not having to share those stunning lagoons with a zillion other tourists sounds ideal! Bacalar Lagoon and the lagoon of seven colours both look stunning!

    • Shelley

      Hi Josy: Bacalar is definitely one of Mexico better kept secrets! It’s a bit far from the other, bigger travel destinations, so you’re right about not having to share it with a ton of others.

  10. Jay Artale

    With all the negative news about ocean pollution … it’s great to see somewhere like this that seem so unspoilt. What an amazing color blue, I could quite happily spend a few month there.

    • Shelley

      Jay: Bacalar is a truly beautiful place… it is very unspoiled, just like you say!

  11. Shafinah Neville

    Omgosh those blue waters are of celestial proportions! 😍


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