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Discover Bacalar Lagoon

September 13, 2019 4 Comments

Mexico is known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but what if we told you about a hidden gem that might top those bright waters? We’re introducing you to Bacalar Lagoon, a freshwater lagoon in Quintana Roo that has water bluer than the Caribbean Sea.

Beauty beyond the coastline

With everyone flocking to the coasts of Mexico, it’s easy to miss the inland beauty of the country. Bacalar Lagoon is an inland lagoon located about three hours south of Playa del Carmen. It is referred to as the “Maldives of Mexico” for its seven stunning shades of blue that create the waters. This place gives you the opportunity to experience something completely different from the beach, but with even more beauty!

Aerial view of lagoon with boats in water.

It’s so perfect it doesn’t seem real! (Photo by: @girlsliketravel_)

Adventure doesn’t stop here

Taking a day trip down to the lagoon is totally worth it because you not only get to experience this stunning place, but you also get to escape the tourists on the beaches. Lounge on one of the public docks and soak up the sun without crowds of people around you; or if you’re the more adventurous type, kayak or paddle board across the turquoise waters. However you prefer to spend your time, you won’t be disappointed!

Dock extending out over lagoon.

Lounging on this dock seems like a dream come true. (Photo by: @ey2hl)

A photographer’s paradise

If you want to impress all your friends with insta-worthy pics of this place, then consider getting to the lagoon at sunrise. You’ll witness the crystal-clear waters change to shades of pink and orange right before your eyes! No matter what time of day you’re there though, you’ll be able to capture some breathtaking shots.

Sunset view with sailboat over water.

Sunrises have a special place in our heart! (Photo by: @wild_lauraaaa)

This place might turn some True Beach Lovers into True Lagoon Lovers. If you want to do something different for your next vacay, check out this amazing hidden gem or other hidden beaches to give you an unforgettable experience on your next vacay to Mexico or the Caribbean!

A True Beach Lover


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    September 19, 2019

    I heard about Bacalar a couple years ago when paddleboarding with Aloha Paddle, I’ve been looking to go here, but didn’t find many resorts/hotels/places to stay. It is on my bucket list!

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      Rachel Tellez

      October 24, 2019

      Hey Alison! Since it’s a little further inland than many tourists usually visit, there unfortunately aren’t many options to stay there. However, it’s a great day trip option from Tulum (2 hours away) or Playa del Carmen (3 hours away)!

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    September 30, 2019

    How do I get there?! Stay?

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      Rachel Tellez

      October 24, 2019

      Hi, Dee! We don’t offer resorts in that area, however, it’s just two hours from Tulum and about three hours from Playa del Carmen. We suggest renting a car and spending the day out there! 🙂 Let us know if you’re planning a beach vacay there and we can get you in touch with one of our awesome Beachologists.