Bacalar Lagoon in the Riviera Maya.
Surrounded by a lagoon of more than 50 km of turquoise blue that in seasons can give different shades of blue, that is why it is called the lagoon of the 7 colors.
Located in the south of the peninsula, its access is quite easy. If you are in Playa del Carmen or Cancun, you can do from 4 to 3 hours by car.
Now that if you do not have a car do not worry, there are many ways to get there. The most comfortable is a bus from the ADO of Cancun, Playa or Tulum.
Another less comfortable but equally effective way is to take a public transport from Tulum or Playa to Felipe Carrillo Puerto, which is the closest town to Bacalar, about 30-40 minutes away, once there you can take another bus to Bacalar. All this clear, transferring, you can save a few pesos but take more time. So you must choose between what you have most, time or money?
“The Mayans founded what is now Bacalar under the name of Sian Ka’an Bakhalal, staying in place for about 60 years”
Every time I go to Bacalar I always find new things to do. One of my recommendations to spend a weekend chevere and comfortable are the following:
What to do in Bacalar
A must in the destination, right at the “end” of the lagoon (or rather well behind) there is a point called the pirates channel, among other things it is a low water channel and there are the ruins of what could have been a boat restaurant, which for lack of permits was canceled and now remains an attraction.
Another wonder about the pirate channel and that you can not miss is the sunset from there, uff of the best views without a doubt, you can also take some amazing photos and smear mud that I do not know if it has any property but fun yes it is .
Another fun activity is to do kayak around the lagoon, any hostel on the lagoon where you are staying (later I give you my recommendations) will rent the kayaks. It is advisable to leave in the morning when the sun is not so strong.
You can not miss a visit to the Fort of San Felipe, it is undoubtedly a historical stop, you can learn about Bacalar and curious facts, the time when it was attacked by pirates and the strategic point that represented for trade.
The Cenote Azul in Bacalar is another must-see attraction, it is a huge cenote that has a restaurant next door, where you can eat something at a good price while you enjoy the beautiful place.
Restaurants in Bacalar
For breakfast, I love the Manatí Restaurant that is located in the town, offers a variety of breakfast, eggs in different styles, hotcakes, muffins, juices, and also has an art room where you can walk while you arrive your breakfast and be sure that with what you buy you will support locals.
At lunchtime I highly recommend a place called La Playita, the prices are medium, neither so expensive nor so cheap, but there is variety, from seafood to pizzas, passing through delicious desserts and the view is one of the most beautiful of the lagoon, certainly you can not miss it.
Highlights to go to Bacalar
Here is a quick guide on how much you would spend and where, recommendations of hostels and places to eat and drink:
Where to Stay in Bacalar:
The price of the night may vary depending on the place, what it includes (some include breakfast) and what type of room it is. You can even camp if your budget is short, but the following options have prices from $ 250 MX per night in single / shared room:
- Hotel Casa Tortuga
- Hostal Casa China Bacalar
- Casa Lahar
What to do in Bacalar:
- Boat trip includes a visit to the pirate channel $ 250 approx p / p
- Kayak tour, prices may vary and usually the kayak you can rent where you stay. You can rent it from $ 100 MX for 2 hours.
What to eat in Bacalar:
- La Playita, the food is varied and per person one can get to spend between $ 200 and $ 300 pesos Mx.
- The Manati, ideal for breakfast, a full and rich one is from $ 120 Mx and up.
- I hope this brief summary serves all those who wish to know magical places of Mexico. Because
- I believe in Mexico, local consumption and I travel through Mexico!