Bacalar is a town in southeast Mexico, famous for their ‘Bacalar Lake’ or the ‘Lagoon of 7 Colours’. Named with such prestige as the water appears to be multi-hued in shades of turquoise and blue. The lagoon has fresh and translucent water so your experience in Bacalar will be much like a day by the ocean without the salty sea and crashing waves.
For myself, Bacalar was simply a quick stop over while transferring from Tulum, Mexico on my way to the Belize border. However, after seeing the photos of the place, you may want to consider booking a stay. Bacalar has been branded as the “Bahamas of Mexico” after all.
To enjoy the ‘Lagoon of 7 Colours’ the relaxing way, consider settling into a sun bed by water’s edge to read a book or tan. While those seeking adventure, I suggest trying out one of the many water sports available around the lakeside town. The most popular choices being to hire a kayak or have a swim. If you are with a big group, you could consider spending the day on a private boat to enjoy the lake leisurely. Cultural tours are also available!
My short stop over in Bacalar was spent at Los Aluxes Hotel and Restaurant where I enjoyed breakfast with a lagoon view. The dining area is an open plan, wooden deck area built around a gigantic tree which gives the illusion that you are in a treehouse. The architecture was impressive to say the least.
For vegans, the restaurant attached to Los Aluxes Hotel was a dud. My only option was fresh fruit which came alongside a fruit juice. However for the view alone, this place may be worth a quick visit. Outside, the Los Aluxes Hotel and Restaurant has, what I’d like to call an adult ocean playground. Over-water swings, tanning chairs and tables all branched out over the water like a wooden pier.
For those interested in the Hotel itself, well, I cannot provide a personal experience having only stopped for breakfast. But their website shares promises of kayak and bike rental, lagoon tours, tours of mayan ruins, free wifi and more.
Find Bacalar on Trip Advisor here.
As a lagoon of 7 Colours has to be seen to be believed, I’d highly recommend a visit if you find yourself in Mexico!