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.

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

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Fortunately, the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you want to do some underwater exploration.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Bacalar Lagoon Beach is on the Western Shore coast of Mexico. It is close to Fuerte de San Felipe, which is one of the attractions close-by.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never get bored. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

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 area in Mexico to Bacalar Lagoon Beach is Bacalar. This region in the Yucatan Peninsula is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places.


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. Bacalar Lagoon Beach is not near very many major hotels, but it's often visited by guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

Visitors will find a fairly good assortment of hotel options to choose from in the area that surrounds Bacalar Lagoon Beach. The most convenient of which have been listed below.

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


There aren't any restaurants in the immediate surroundings of this location, so it would be a good idea to plan a picnic if you want to fully enjoy your time spent at the beach.

Other Beaches

Visitors in search of the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices in Mexico besides Bacalar Lagoon Beach.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in the Yucatan Peninsula; then again, Bacalar Lagoon Beach is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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