Bacalar is Mexico’s (cheap mans) version of the Maldives. Put yourself into full time relaxation mode on Bacalar’s crystal clear waters with perfect water temperatures, sunshine and an icy cold Corona. This is heaven.
How to get there:
Bacalar is on the east side of Mexico in the Yucatan Peninsula. It’s a short bus journey from major towns such as Chetumul, Tulum or Cancun. Transport between these closer towns is inexpensive and reliable, most having multiple buses a day departing and arriving. Traveler’s often stop here for a few days to break up the journey between the Yucatan and Chiapas parts of Mexico.
Where to stay:
Accommodation in these parts is a lot more expensive than those in other parts of Mexico. The Yucatan is notoriously known for being touristic therefore making the prices shoot through the roof.
We found one of the cheapest hostels online, Hostel, and went there to check it out….and we loved it!
The beds are comfortable, the breakfast is sufficient and the wifi works fine. They have a bar, water refills and bike rental for much cheaper than those around town. They also have a second ‘eco property’ which is set on the water and they offer transfers to and from this property everyday so you can go and enjoy the peace and serenity of a private lagoon, free of charge!
What to do:
If you stay at Hostel Yaxche, I would recommend spending a day at their Eco property on the water. The shuttle leaves the hostel in town everyday at 10am and returns at 3pm giving you the perfect outing…did i mention it’s totally free?
Another nice day trip would be to hire bikes and ride to some close by Cenotes. We rode bikes to Cenote Azul, spent a few hours swimming and having lunch there then road home via a water front bar for a few drinks and a swim in the lagoon. I would reccomend Aluxes! They have swing sets in the water!
From Bacalar it is also possible to do a boat trip out to some Cenotes in the lagoon! The price of this was $250 pesos for a half day. I didn’t do this trip as I was heading to Tulum next and wanted to see a lot of Cenotes around there but I heard very good things about the tour from those who did it!