Bacalar is a peaceful relaxed town hugging the Luguna Bacalar. Known as the “lake of seven colors,” Lake Bacalar is long narrow crystal clear body of water.
The town is small, and sleepy – and that is what is great about it. Being far enough from any international airport there are no big crowds and everything moves at a really relaxed pace. At the time of my visit the population was about 12, 000 with an Expat population I was told of around 80.
Water sports such as kayaking, sailing and swimming are the main activities. Relaxing in a hammock and just being at peace is a great way to spend your day.
The town square – which is very attractive having nice trees, lawn with seating areas all the way around – is a great meeting place. In the evening local artists of all types appear to perform. Street food vendors also arrive offering everything from pancakes to regional foods. Sunset and early evening is a lovely social time.
Around the town square you will find really nice restaurants and two good clean hostels. Two of the restaurants are Italian owned and if you love Italian you will be in for a treat. There are also regional Mexican restaurants that are not expensive and offer good solid food.
Just off the town square keep an eye out for Galeria Jardin Tienda. This is a fabulous local art and craft market, and restaurant. You will find painting, woodwork, light fittings, pottery and more here. The back opens into a lovely garden courtyard. I had breakfast here it was great. A must visit while you are in Bacalar.
Also off the town square is The Fort which overlooking the lake. This was built when the Spanish first landed in the late 1500’s.
Cenote Azul, the second largest cenote in the entire country of Mexico is to be found in Bacalar.
This town is a gem – that only a few have so far discovered.