Bacalar: A hidden jewel in the Mexican Caribbean


Bacalar… Would you like a different and unforgettable vacation?

Bacalar, the lagoon of the Seven Colors is the perfect place for some vacations that will last in your memory forever.  Located 25 miles north of Chetumal, Bacalar Magical Village (Bacalar Pueblo Magico), was named like this in 2006 because of its unique cultural an natural value. Bacalar has many small boutique and ecological hotels that are perfect, and most of them have amazing views of the lagoon.

Balacar lagoon is a hidden jewel that is still not well known by international tourism. Its breathtaking scenery makes it one of the world class freshwater lakes on earth. A colorful Mexican community for the ones that love the nature, Mayan history and Mayan cultural heritage. This area is becoming one of the most important destinations for the tourism of adventure in a historical and cultural scenario at Costa Maya.

Hotels in Bacalar

There are some small hotels in Bacalar where you will feel the peace and tranquility of this magical lagoon. Be amazed at its beauty, with its sevent colors, take a holistic massage, eat in a  yucatecan mexican restaurant.. but the most important thing.. FEEL THE NATURE AND RELAX.

One of our favorite hotels is Akalki Bacalar an holistic center in Quintana Roo that offers luxurious boutique style cabañas built over a lagoon. There are some cheap hotels in Bacalar such as Hotel America Bacalar, Hotelito El Paraiso Bacalar , Hotel Bacalar Magico and Hotel Los Aluxes Bacalar


Top 3 Activities in Bacalar:

Balacar Lagoon is around 35 miles of crystalline freshwater, jungle, mangroves and  unique nature. Windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, sailing and bird watching  are among the most popular activities in the area.

– Visit the lagoon of the Seven Colors / The Lagoon of Bacalar

This is the second largest Mexican natural sweet water lake, which is also called “the lake of seven colors“. Its pristine crystal clear tropical fresh water ranges in colors from various shades of green, to intense turquoise, and various hues of blue. From the air, Laguna Balacar looks like a beautiful turquoise ribbon in the middle of the jungle.

– Visit The fort of San Felipe Balacar.

This fort is over 270 years old and provides visitors a rich view into the history of Bacalar. This beautiful stone Fort is surrounded by a deep “moat “and includes not only canons, but a wonderful museum with historic artifacts murals depicting Bacalar’s history and the Mayan culture. The fort is open every day except on Monday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Admisión is: $60 pesos for foreigners and $25 pesos for Mexicans.

– Explore the Cenote Azul Bacalar.

This cenote is located 30 kilometers northeast of Chetumal, connected with the lagoon of Bacalar. It is 90 meters deep and receives this name because of its beautiful blue color. A perfect spot for the ones that would like to practice diving in a cenote in Bacalar. One of the deepest open cenotes in the area. In the cenote there’s a typical restaurant where you can taste some typical Mayan dishes. For diving we recommend you go with an expert since there are many caverns and is easy to get lost.

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Events in Bacalar

– The Bacalar celebrations during Holy Week – The San Joaquin Patron Saint festivities on July 21st – The national and International Boating Championship in August.

Restaurants in Bacalar

In Bacalar you’ll find many different types of restaurants, there’s a great influence of the Yucatan cuisine and the cuisine of Belize. From Belize we recommend you the famous Mayan plate made of rice and beans cooked with coconut oil. The tamales of xpelón (a kind of bean) and the famous tamales of chaya another typical Mayan dish.

How to get to Bacalar

There are three ways to get there.

  1. From Cancun or Playa del Carmen: Take a bus  from the ADO , around 5 hours . From Cancun to Bacalar by bus is around 6 hours. The roundtrip price by bus is $42 usd
  2. – Travel to Chetumal and take a taxi to Bacalar that is 10 minutes away.
  3. – Rent a car and drive from Cancun to Bacalar ( around 4.5 hours) or drive from Playa del Carmen to Bacalar ( around 3.5 hours)


Travel guide to the Riviera Maya, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum. Features hotels, original activities, tours, restaurants and wedding planning.
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