The 7 best things to do in Bacalar Mexico

Welcome to Bacalar in Mexico! A great destination that has not yet been discovered by mass tourism. Here you will really experience authentic Mexico, which is great. The main reason that people come to Bacalar Mexico is to see the beautiful blue water. Before you arrive you have already seen some beautiful beaches where the water is clear blue but the clarity of this water will surprise you. Because of this fact, Bacalar is also called the little brother of the Maldives. Read all the 7 best things to do in Bacalar in this article.

bacalar boat trip

How many days do you need for Bacalar?

Because Bacalar in Mexico has not yet been discovered by mass tourism, there are not a lot of things to do in Bacalar. The main reason that you come to Bacalar is to admire the lake. We recommend staying 3 nights so that you have at least 2 full days to enjoy the lake and the environment. This gives you enough time and you don’t get the feeling that Bacalar is flying past you. Probably Bacalar is not your only destination in Mexico, read our Mexico itinerary to inspire yourself to create your own. You can also use this article to find information about different destinations, just like this article.

How to get to Bacalar?

Bacalar is located in the south of Yucatan and is easily accessible from various locations in Mexico. View all routes to Bacalar here. Tip: book your ticket in advance to make sure that you have a seat.

Bacalar Lake

What are the best things to do in Bacalar Mexico?

Bacalar is not like some other places in Mexico that you have a variety of choices of things to do in Bacalar. Only the things you can do in Bacalar are really great. The main activities are located around the lake, but there are also other reasons to visit this village. We have listed 7 things to do in Bacalar that you don’t want to miss.

#1 Go on a boat trip

The most popular thing to do in Bacalar is a boat trip to the lake. The nice thing about this is that you discover all the cool spots of the lake in a relaxed way. You can do the activity via a sailboat, catamaran, or a normal boat. You also have the option to do this privately or with a group. All tours are organized daily. You can buy your ticket via the below link. We advise you to do it with a group. In our opinion, it is not necessary to do a private tour because of the extra price. You can rather spend this extra money on a different excursion.

Half-day Bacalar Lagoon boat tour | $36 per person

bacalar lake view

#2 Paddle sunrise

In addition to a boat trip or instead of a boat trip you can also rent a paddleboard or kayak. The advantage is that this is cheaper and you are alone in the water. Keep in mind that the distances are quite a bit, don’t overestimate yourself. Book your ticket via the below link.

Sunrise SUP Tour | $30 per person

You can do it independently. Ask the agency where you rent the paddleboard or kayak for a map to visit all the important places. Places that you really shoot visit are el Canal de Los Pirates, Cenote Negro, and Bird Island.

bacalar kayak

#3 Relax at Cocalitos

One of the best things to do in Bacalar Mexico is to enjoy the peace by relaxing in the water. If you sleep right next to the lake then you don’t need to look for a place to experience this. The best public beach in our opinion is Cocalitos. This place is great to swim in and it is also close to the cenotes. There is a small restaurant where you can order food and drinks. The entrance fee is 50 pesos.
Tip: if you want to cool off by swimming in the lake do what the locals do: go to the piers and jump in the water. This is free and just as fun!

#4 Breakfast / lunch Enamora

One of the best things to do in Bacalar Mexico regarding food is to visit Enamora! You can eat and drink really delicious and healthy. Here you can order delicious sandwiches that are richly invested. The smoothies are also delicious here. You immediately see and taste that everything is made fresh. The small restaurant is located in a side street of the central square.

bacalar best food

#5 Dinner at La Playita

If you want a romantic and delicious dinner in Bacalar Mexico, go to La Playita. This restaurant is right on the lake which makes it a beautiful location. It is very romantic to dinner because candles are burning and you are surrounded by the jungle. When you open the menu it will be difficult to choose something, because there is plenty of choices. We recommend dining here because the food is delicious and the atmosphere is great.

Bacalar la playita
Bacalar la playita food

#6 Snorkel without swimming at Rapidos

Rapidos is located in the south of Bacalar. This restaurant is located on a narrow channel that has a strong acceleration. From the starting point (the restaurant) you can let yourself be taken by the rapids. The nice thing is that you don’t have to swim because the rapids do all the work. This allows you to fully focus on snorkeling itself. When you reach the end you have to walk back to the restaurant and you can relax there or just go again.

#7 Visit Coba during sunset

The last item on the list of best things to do in Bacalar is a special one! If you like to visit the buildings of the Maya we recommend visiting Coba. It is possible to visit Coba from Bacalar via the below tour. Read via the below link for all detailed information about the tour.

Coba Sunset Tour | $130 per person

Where to stay in Bacalar Mexico?

Given the fact that Bacalar in Mexico is not so big, there are plenty of choices to choose the right place to sleep. When choosing the right place to stay you have the option between staying in the village or on the water. Both options are good only if you desire to stay close to the water you just need to keep in mind that this is more expensive. We have written down our two favorite accommodations for you.

The Yak lake house

Bacalar the yak lake house 1

This hostel is really good! If you want a room with a perfect view of the lake, then Yak lake house is for you. This top accommodation has a perfect location, in Booking is it rated with a score of 9.6. In the evening you can relax here by the water on your own beach. You can spend the night in a double room or a dormitory if you have less budget.

Price per night from:
$ 33 dorm | $ 91 double room

Kulu Tubo hostel

bacalar kulu tubohostel

Do you want something different? Do you want to sleep in a place like never before then is Kulu Tubo hostel an option for you. The tubes have air conditioning and the shower which you share with others is good. The pool is well maintained through daily cleaning. And never the less the staff of this hostel is really friendly!

Price per night from:
$ 42 double room

Next destination

We hope you enjoyed our article about Bacalar. We you are following our Mexico itinerary your next destination is Valladolid. Open via this link the article of Valladolid: best things to do in Valladolid.

Another destination that you also can travel to from Bacalar is Tulum. If you are going to travel to Guatemala you will travel to Flores. From Flores, you can visit the world-famous Maya complex Tikal.

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