Just over the Belize-Mexico border you stumble upon this gem of a destination. Bacalar is a small, lagoon side town home to one of the most spectacular sandy bottom, fresh water lagoons I have ever seen. Known as the ‘Seven Coloured Lagoon’, or in Spanish ‘Laguna 7 Colores’, it is the perfect spot for a swim, paddle board, kayak or boat ride. Wherever you stay, make sure it’s on the lagoon so you can make the most of the spectacular view. Most accommodations on the lagoon have timber jetties with thatched roof shelters, and boy oh boy will you need the shade.
We spent our mornings paddling up and down the lagoon in a kayak. Stopping frequently for a quick dip. Around lunchtime you need to lay low because of the heat. Our hostel had free bikes to rent, so we often road into the centre of town, where more food options were. Think taquerias everywhere, as well as some more healthy options. We really enjoyed our meal at Mango y Chile, a vegan restaurant with delicious salads, burgers and tacos.
The black cenote, ‘Cenote Negro’, where the water changes from a two metre depth to 90 metres, is definitely worth a visit and can be accessed via a short kayak trip. We also spent one of our early mornings on a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) sunrise tour. Paddling along the lagoon at dark and watching the red, red skyline from bird island was a definite highlight. Another few hours exploring different cenotes and splashing around in the Maldives-like water.
When travelling the Yucatán peninsula, some decide to skip Bacalar and opt for the more well known Tulum or Playa del Carmen. Don’t miss it, it’s a fresh, relaxing oasis that you need to visit.
Much love, Laura xx