Bacalar Lagoon Beach

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With few white sand beaches nearby, locals take what they can get and opt for the convenient cool water of Bacalar Lagoon. Heading to this fresh water "beach" is a sure way to get in all your aquatic needs without the long drive to the coast.

Located in Bacalar, Bacalar Lagoon Beach is on the Western Shore coast of Mexico. You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity.

How to Access The Beach
The lagoon access is located just north of the fort, and no one in Bacalar should have any trouble finding it. From Chetumal, you will need to take Route 186 to 307 and along the coast of the lagoon until you get to Bacalar. Make sure you have a map before making the trip though, on wrong turn and you can end up in Belize.

Amenities and Ambiance

While some spots along the shoreline of the lagoon have sand, this main access is more grass and dirt. However, the lagoon water is as clear as any Caribbean beach. This makes it a popular spot for snorkelers, divers, and kayakers. Just be careful if you choose to spend a day at the lagoon, even along the coast the depth can change rapidly.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. The water here is fit for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Bacalar Lagoon Beach is on the Western Shore coast of Mexico; the area hosts attractions such as Fuerte de San Felipe, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Bacalar Lagoon Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Fuerte de San Felipe Historical Site 0.1 SW --
General Angel Remigio Rosado Park 0.1 W --
BioMaya Ziplining Zip Line Site 9.9 ESE --
Oxtankah Maya Site Historical Site 11.2 ESE --
Payo Obispo Zoo Zoo 12.2 SSE --

Cities and Towns

The closest region in Mexico to Bacalar Lagoon Beach is Bacalar. Bacalar is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but you may encounter guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a good amount of lodgings a car ride away. A few of the more convenient choices are displayed in the following table.

Accommodations near Bacalar Lagoon Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hotelito El Paraiso 0.4 mi. SSW Hotel
Hotel America 0.4 mi. N Hotel
Hotel Hacienda Bacalar 0.6 mi. WSW Hotel
Cabañas Hostel & Camping 0.6 mi. N Lodge
Hotel Laguna Bacalar 1.8 mi. SW Hotel
Casa Aq'ab'al -- -- B & B


While this spot isn't close to many restaurants, you can still satisfy your hunger, especially if you are willing to drive or bike a few miles. One of the nearest places to eat is Los Hechizos, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

The table below lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Bacalar Lagoon Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction
Los Hechizos (998) 884-1181 -- 2.8 mi. N --

Other Beaches

Travelers in search of the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Bacalar Lagoon Beach.

Perhaps Bacalar Lagoon Beach is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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