THINGS TO DO IN BACALAR
The main attraction in Bacalar is the lake and there is a whole variety of different watersports that you can choose from. Kayaking across the lake is one of the favorites, but you can also jet ski, waterski, swim, fish and sail.
For visitors that prefer to explore the lake by boat consider joining an affordable tour. This will take you to three cenotes, includes snorkeling gear, snacks and drinks.
SAN FELIPE FORT AND MUSEUM
To learn a little about the history of Bacalar head to the San Felipe Fort and museum. Here you will discover what life was like in Bacalar during the conquest, pirate attacks and later the Caste War of the Yucatan. The museum is small so a visit here will take you around 45 minutes to an hour.
Cenote Azul is a 600-feet (200 meters) wide and 300-feet (90 meters) deep natural sinkhole located near to Bacalar. Its crystal clear waters make it a popular swimming spot. There is also a restaurant on the edge of the cenote should you build up a hunger while swimming.
At publish date of this post the entrance fee was only 10 pesos. Visitors will find bathrooms and life jackets to rent. We suggest bringing snorkeling gear as this will enhance your swimming experience.
MAYAN ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES
The archeological sites of Dzibanche, Kohunlich and Kinichna are three archeological sites nearby that are definitely worth a visit. Kohunlich is believed to possess a large reflective telescope in the form of a temple pool and Dzibanche has an impressive temple called the Temple of the Owl that has been well restored.
Roughly a two-hour drive from Bacalar is Mahahual, replete with public beaches and shopping for cruise ships. More impressive is the Chinchorro Reef, which is found some 40km off the coast of Mahahual, which is a world-class diving destination. You can dive or snorkel and have the chance to see dolphins along with a whole number of colorful fish and other marine life.