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 might want to drop 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, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. The water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you're looking to see what goes on beneath the surface.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the Western Shore coast of Mexico. It is near some interesting sites like Fuerte de San Felipe, which is one of the favorite destinations in the area.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

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 nearest region in Mexico to Bacalar Lagoon Beach is Bacalar. This part in the Yucatan Peninsula is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how full the nearby hotels are. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests from some of the area's smaller options.

Vacationers will find a fairly good assortment of resort and hotel options to pick from in the vicinity of Bacalar Lagoon Beach. The most convenient of which can be viewed 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


You might not find any places to eat close to this shore, so it would be a good idea to pack a lunch for your day in the sun.

Other Beaches

Travelers looking for a beach that's right for them in Mexico will have lots of options besides Bacalar Lagoon Beach.

The Yucatan Peninsula has plenty to offer its visitors, and Bacalar Lagoon Beach is just one of the many options.


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