Top 6 Reasons Why You Should Visit Bacalar

By Susannah Rigg - November 22nd, 2017

1. It is stunningly beautiful

Lake Bacalar is known as the ‘lake of seven colors’ due to the multiple hues of the water. The crystalline lake spreads out into the distance almost giving the impression that you are looking out of the Caribbean Sea. Lush jungle mangroves surround areas of the lake and the Southern side of the water boasts extensive fossil formations that can be explored. Natural beauty at its best, Bacalar is a Mexican treasure.

2. It is a very economic destination

Since Bacalar is slightly off the tourist track and does not have a beach it has remained a very economic destination in Quintana Roo. Despite the incredible beauty of the lake, and the natural wonders all around, it is still possible to find very nice accommodation at reasonable prices. There are also many restaurants serving good quality food at regular prices, making Bacalar a great option for those who want their cash to go further.

3. It still retains a traditional Mexican feel

Bacalar also retains a more traditional Mexican feel than many other destinations in the region. More popular with national tourists than foreigners, it is a great place to come if you are interested in local culture and traditions. If you visit during the first two weeks of August you will be lucky enough to enjoy the Festival of San Joaquin de Bacalar, which sees the streets come alive with dances, parades, games and cultural events.

4. It is quiet and tranquil

Quintana Roo is an extremely popular state for tourism and some areas like Cancun, Tulum and Playa del Carmen can get very busy. Bacalar, in contrast, remains relatively quiet and in low season you may be lucky enough to wander along parts of the lake without seeing too many other people. The hotels that sit just beyond the main town also offer a tranquil setting, allowing guests to truly relax and unwind.

5. There are great water-sports

Set on Mexico’s second largest freshwater lake, it is no surprise that water-sports are popular and abundant here. Glide across the multi-hued water in a kayak, zip above it on a jet ski, take out a sailboat or go fishing on this lake that is so large it almost looks like the ocean.

6. There is a lot to explore nearby

Bacalar is conveniently located for exploring the local archeological zones and cenotes nearby, many of which are less well known in the region. Just like Bacalar, these sites are quieter than others in the state and you could very possibly be exploring them alone without any crowds.

7. There Are Amazing Tranquil Beaches

Bacalar offers you a unique beach vacation like nowhere else in Mexico. This isn’t your typical crowded, noisy seaside destination. Instead, it’s the perfect spot for those who crave tranquility, natural beauty, and five-star beach clubs.

First off, you’ll find crystal-clear waters that mesmerize with changing hues of blue throughout the day. Bacalar is famous for its seven-color lagoon, known as ‘Laguna de los Siete Colores’. It’s not just about the stunning visuals though — this lake also provides ample opportunities for fun activities like swimming, snorkeling, and paddleboarding.

Get ready to be awed by Bacalar’s pristine sandy beaches. Unlike traditional oceanfront beaches, these are fringed by freshwater, which is an experience in itself! What could be better than sprawling out on a sun-warmed stretch of sand while gazing at calm waters?

While there are no official statistics available for crowd density at Bacalar’s beaches, anecdotal evidence suggests they’re far less populated than popular spots like Cancun or Playa del Carmen. So if you’re someone who values peace over partying during your beach time, Bacalar might be just what you’re looking for.

Here are some highlights of unwinding on Bacalar’s tranquil beaches:

* A serene environment away from massive tourist crowds
* Crystal-clear freshwaters perfect for swimming or water sports
* Pristine sandy shores ideal for sunbathing or picnicking
* Gorgeous views of nature and stunning sunrise/sunset vistas

The laid-back vibe of Bacalar’s beaches will seep into your soul as you spend time here. You’ll get a chance to reconnect with yourself amidst untouched nature — a rare treat in today’s bustling world. Your visit to Bacalar won’t just be a trip; it’ll be an escape from a routine where you can truly unwind.

Discover the blue waters of Bacalar Lagoon

Whether you’re visiting as a weekend getaway from Mexico City, a day trip from Chetumal, or as part of an adventure along the Riviera Maya, you’ll be glad you decided to see Bacalar’s beauty for yourself. After all, there’s a reason this town is known as Pueblo Magico (magic town) by locals: it truly is a wondrous place.

About the Author: Susannah Rigg

Susannah has English blood coursing through a Mexican heart. She is a freelance travel writer who specializes in all things Mexican and the founder of Mexico Retold a site focused on telling a different and positive story about Mexico. She lives in Oaxaca, Mexico.