Bacalar Lagoon is a long turquoise lake about 15 miles from the state capital of Chetumal.  The lake is fed by freshwater underground rivers and is known for its beautiful clear water.  The Maya referred to Bacalar Lagoon as The Lake of Seven Colors, and it is still called that by the locals. The town of Bacalar is quiet and less touristy than its counterparts on the Yucatan Peninsula. It’s about 3 hours from Playa del Carmen and is easily accessible by taking an ADO bus.

We decided to visit Bacalar on our journey from Belize to Playa del Carmen.  We chose to stay at an adorable secluded resort just outside of town: Bacalar Lagoon Resort.

This remote resort is a hidden gem. So peaceful and relaxing! The resort is made up of 7 cute casitas facing the lagoon separated by lush lawns and bougainvillea-lined pathways.

Our casita had 2 bedrooms and slept 5. Our room was cute and clean with comfortable beds and a large modern bathroom.  Not all the casitas have air conditioning, so I highly recommend asking for one when you make your reservation. Also, the WiFi is a little spotty, so I would not count on it working all the time.

The hotel has lined the lagoon shore with sun chairs and palapas with hammocks. There are a bunch of kayaks that you can help yourself to and or you can swim in the warm and clear water. For kids, the resort has a slide and a platform in the lagoon they can play on. There is a game room with ping-pong, Volleyball, badminton and kites. My boys didn’t want to leave.

The resort is very casual and relaxed. The food in the restaurant is delicious and well priced. There was no menu but we enjoyed what they served and they were willing to make something special for the kids to eat.

But the thing that really makes this place special is the owner: Roberto, a kind and interesting man. He built the resort on his own, just because he loved the area.  He is always there for anything you need, and is great to have a drink with at the end of the day. This is a truly special place and we can’t wait to return.

(Note: This is an unsolicited review and we did not receive payment, free food or accommodations from Bacalar Lagoon Resort.)

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Bacalar Lagoon Resort
Camino Costero Lote 21, Pedro A. Santos
Bacalar, Q. Roo, México
Tel. (52) 1983 1322 896
Int. 045 983 1322 896
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Bacalar Lagoon Resort