Bacalar: the freshwater lagoon where you can see seven shades of blue (VIDEO)

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Photo: Jesus Millan

Bacalar pueblo magico is a quiet town in the southern part of Quintana Roo, Mexico, in the Yucatan Peninsula. It became popular because of Bacalar Lake, AKA the Lagoon of Seven Colors, a freshwater lagoon where you can see seven shades of blue, from indigo to turquoise.

The best way to experience Bacalar Lagoon is on a sailboat tour where you’ll visit sites like Isla Pajaros (Bird Island) and Canal de Los Piratas (Pirate’s Channel). It’s also worth spending time exploring the Bacalar cenotes, like Cenote Azul and Cenote Cocalitos.

blue water in a tropical setting

When you get hungry, head downtown to eat at a local restaurant, visit the historic fort and shop for souvenirs. If you have extra time, check out Mahahual, Mexico. This Costa Maya beach town, located less than 1.5 hours from Bacalar, offers relaxed vibes and world-class diving.

While its popularity grows by the day, Bacalar still feels more low-key than many places in Quintana Roo, like Tulum and Cancun. For now, however, you can still enjoy a quiet getaway and inexpensive Bacalar accommodations.


Make sure NOT to put any sunscreen before getting in the water. Laguna Bacalar has a very fragile ecosystem, and even a reef-safe sunscreen can damage its stromatolites. These are large rocks, similar to coral, believed to be some of the oldest living things on Earth.

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