After the tourist horror of Playa del Carmen and Tulum, we wanted to escape to a quiet place. We heard a lot of good things about Bacalar lagoon in Mexico, so we decided to check it out. It sounded cool, a unique lake of 7 colors, with big swings on the crystal water with white sand on the bottom, the place sounded like the Maldives to us.
We got exactly what we were looking for, even though its considered kind of touristic, you can still enjoy peaceful time away from overcrowded Cancun area. Perfect place to relax, enjoy good authentic food, swim in the clean water, explore the cenotes around or just chill in the shade of cute bamboo huts at the lagoon.
If you are planning to visit Mexico, Bacalar lagoon is a must, here are some tips on how to get the most out of it.
How to get to Bacalar lagoon Mexico
Bacalar is located next to the border with Belize and its not hard to reach. You have direct buses to get there from Cancun, Tulum, you can also cross to Belize from here. If you take the bus from Cancun it will take you around 5 hours, we paid around 400 MXN (20$;18€). If you go from Tulum, it will take you a bit more than 3 hours and you will pay around 200 MXN (10$;9€). Buses in Mexico are quite expensive. You can check timetables HERE and get a 10% discount if you write this code at your purchase: cb-Or 9hnw.
Where to eat in Bacalar lagoon Mexico
El Socio Taqueria at Avenue 7 is a popular local food place that draws locals and tourist alike. Here you will find a lot of tasty and rich Mexican dishes. Besides the well-known tacos, you can get also delicious sopes (thick tortilla with vegetable and meat toppings), huarache (fried masa base with bean paste on it, with variety of toppings, with green or red salsa, onions, cilantro, and cheese) – this was our favorite. They also have fresh juices, we especially recommend melon juice, a great refreshment in the hot weather of Bacalar. You will love the prices, they are low, for a huaranche we paid 40 MXN (2$;1,8€), melon juice was 16 MXN (0,8$;0,71€). The best time to visit is for breakfast or early lunch because the food is finished very fast.
Pues si restaurant is perfect for a nice romantic dinner we recommend this Italian restaurant, it’s just next to the main plaza. On the menu, you can find all the classic Italian dishes but you should go for amazing stove oven pizzas, perfect slim dough with rich tomato sauce. The best pizza we had in Mexico. Also, try their mojito. If you are lucky, mariachi will come and sing at your table.
Where to sleep in Bacalar lagoon Mexico
Bacalar has quite expensive accommodation and usually good places are booked in advance. So book as soon as possible and get a good place. A very common and cheap option is to rent a tent in hostels, we did it for two nights, the tent had a small fan inside but after we changed it for a more comfortable room, we had enough.