So… you’re thinking about visiting Bacalar. You might want to visit hoteles en Bacalar top 7 page to take a look at the various accommodations here.
Bacalar hosts a wide variety of styles of lodging from luxurious… to primitive… to camping… to eco-resorts. Given a little time ahead to reserve, you will surely find what you need and almost all visitors — no matter how well or how poorly then plan ahead — enjoy their stay in Bacalar.
Bacalar has a long, interesting history and is a great central location for visiting the Costa Maya. Once you are settled, explore the lake and the town of Bacalar, visit the Fort of San Felipe, take a sail boat ride, rent a canoe, enjoy the sunrise over the lake or, at the right time, watch the beautiful full moon rise out of Laguna Bacalar’s beautiful waters.
When you want to explore further a field, there is much to discover quite nearby. Mahahual is only an hour and a little bit more away. Hurricane Dean restoration projects are in full swing and more and more of Mahahual is ready to welcome visitors. A new pedestrian esplanade directly along the beach is a wonderful new addition and provides a way for visitors to walk the length of the town — just yards from the beach and reed — without noise and hazards of vehicles.
Xcalak is just a tad further — almost 90 minutes. A magnificent National Park protects shore and reef and provides a spectacular opportunity for visitors to learn about the ecology of the area, snorkel and swim, dive, explore beaches, and fish — including a special catch-and-release fly fishing program provided by the Bahia Blanca Fishing Cooperative.
In either Mahahual or Xcalak, swim, snorkel, dive, boat, fish, and beachcomb for the day and then return the Laguna for a fresh water swim and a relaxing evening without the hoards of mosquitoes found along the coast.
If ruins are your thing, visit any of the dozens of Maya ruins within an hour or two of Bacalar. Best way is by rental car, although there are tour and transfer services that can get you and your party where you want to go and back.
Missing civilization? Visit Chetumal for items in the “mercado”, go shopping at the downtown stores, check out the Museum of Maya Culture, or catch a movie and take a stroll in the mall. If you’re in town for mid-day or afternoon, head to Calderitis for fresh seafood directly on the Bay of Chetumal. Good food, great prices, best view in the “big city” — what could be better?
Late in the day as the evening cool begins, take a walk along the Bahia de Chetumal to see the colors of the sky and the bay. Manatees are sometimes sighted north of the dock in the early evenings.
Bacalar is pretty easy to find. Coming from the North you just travel south down Route 307. If you are coming from Palanque or places West of Quintana Roo, you will travel on Route 186 until you link up with 307, then you will head north until you see the sign for Bacalar. You can’t miss it as Bacalar now has a very large sign that will welcome you to Bacalar, Pueblo Magico.
Once you get to Bacalar you may want a map of the town. Try the one that the BacalarMosaico offers viewable and printable maps that have many of the hotels, restaurants and other businesses.