Bacalar is a town with about 10000 habitats in the state of Quintana Roo. Bacalar is famous for the
beautiful lagoon with the seven colors of blue. In 1727 the Spanish build the Fortress De San Felipe Bacalar in town which is still there and very well preserved. The fort is open for public and gives a nice view on history of the town. Do not forget to enjoy the great view on the lagoon. The fort was build after the town was sacked by pirates in the 17th century.
Especially English pirates but also Dutch pirates were a danger to Bacalar. The fort was built by the Spanish occupiers to protect the population. In the museum you will find the history of Bacalar itself but also about colonial times and mayas.
The entrance costs 50 pesos for Mexicans and 100 pesos (€ 2,50/$ 3,00) for tourists. For Mexicans, the fort is free to visit on Sundays. The museum is not big but definitely worth a visit!
Because of the blue and turquoise waters, the lake earned it's the nickname 'Lagoon of the seven colors' (Laguna de siete Colores). Numerous of fish, birds and rare tropical fish otters find an ideal habitat in the lagoon. If you are lucky you can observe some toucans, monkeys and other tropical animals on the lake shore. Also a good place to visit is 'cenote Azul' this is a very deep cenote which is also good for diving. A cenote is a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. They are only found in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, cenotes were sometimes used by the ancient Maya for sacrificial offerings. Cenote Azul was not used for sacrificial offerings so safe for a swim or dive.
There are many restaurants and hotels but this trip we chose a camping over a hotel. Not really my first choice to camp but afterwords it was a great decision. The camping was on the edge of the lagoon and in the first evening we were so lucky to see the full moon on the other side of the lagoon. It appeared like a copper ball on the horizon and it was amazing to see. We walked up to the end of the pier and sat down there with a beer to enjoy this amazing view! The name of the camping was ....... It was a very quit and basic camping but location right on the lagoon. At night you could only hear the rippling of the water and the whistling birds early in the morning. Very calm and chill camping. There are palapas available and also BBQ's. The toilet block is very basic and there is no camping store or restaurant but there is electricity to charge your camera, phone, etc.
There are many nice restaurants in the center of Bacalar to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner. It's also possible to cook yourselves at the camping and then your get your groceries in the supermarket downtown. You won't have to be bored in Bacalar since there are many water sports available in the area. Kayaking, swimming, sailing, etc. or you can just do nothing and enjoy the lagoon and the rest.
If you have any questions about Bacalar or surroundings please let me know!