Bacalar Travel Guide

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Bacalar Things to Do

  • Laguna

    Bacalar is known for its natural fresh water laguna that changes 7 colours. I can't recall the name of the restaurant but it's diagonally across from the San Felipe fort. There free public access to the piers - there's a HUGE tree infront of the restaurant and there's a sign that says it's free (there's also a parking lot). The other places have a...

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  • San Felipe Fort

    San Felipe fortress is located in the centre of town. Built in the 16th century to protect against pirates that has been excellent preserved and inside it contains an awesome museum that has great information.

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  • Lagoon of Seven Colors

    On the Lagoon of Seven Colors, also known as Laguna Bacalar, you can rent a boat, you can swim, ski, windsurf, sail, jet ski, and so much more. Or you can just gaze at it, it is very beautiful! Lake Bacalar is a 42-kilometer long by 2-kilometer wide.

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  • San Felipe, a Spanish Fort

    San Felipe, a fort built in 1729 to protect the Lagoon of Seven Colors area from pirates. You can see a beautiful view of the lagoon from here.The fort is built in the form of a four-pointed star and has a moat 4m deep. San Felipe contains a museum that is open Mon.-Fri. 10-2, and 4-7; Sat. and Sun., 10-6. The plaques on the museum are in both...

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  • Town of Bacalar and its Cathedral

    The town of Bacalar is really quite small. It reminds me of vacation destinations in Canada -- everything is waiting for the crowds. We went on a walk-about and passed about four little mom and pop grocery stores, and about six various styles of restaurants, quite a few places that were closed for the season (February is off-season for Mexican...

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  • Laguna Bacalar

    Lake Bacalar is a 35 miles long fresh-water lake that one keeps seeing it from Highway 307.There is some confusion as Bacalar is also a town on the lake. VT has tips both under Bacalar and Laguna Bacalar, so to see everything on Bacalar in VT, you have to check both destinations.Lake Bacalar activities include swimming (see my next tip), and...

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  • Balneario de Bacalar

    We found this access to the lake. A nice area in February (with perhaps ten visiters), but it must be quite crowded during Mexican holidays. As it was quite hot (clouds notwithstanding), it was nice to sit with our feet in the lake drinking our cervasa.Lake Bacalar is warm enough for swimming. Unfortunately, we were not there long enough to try....

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  • 17th Century Fort -- Fort San Felipe

    Overlooking Lake Bacalar is a 17th century fort called Fort San Felipe. It was built to protect the Spanish from pirates (and Mayans). The fort has been restored, and is now a museum that displays artifacts from the 1800's. You see cannons pointed at the lake.When we went in 2006, the cost was 50 pesos per person (about $4.50US)

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  • Ruins

    There are three very nice ruins that you can see in a day trip from the hotel.They have a van with driver and guide available to take you.Of course you can drive yourself, like we did.It is much cheaper that way.You do need a guide though to show you the way.

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Bacalar Restaurants

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    Birds

    by kyoub Written Jul 28, 2004

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    Breakfast and dinner are included with your room. They serve fresh fish, fresh veggies, and homemade bread. No red meat is served here.
    There is a bar, small dining room, and a larger dining room on the side, for larger groups.

    Favorite Dish: The washroom, leading to the restroom, is also decorated with hand painted art. A lot of local birds on the wall. I loved it!

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Bacalar Transportation

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    by kyoub Updated Jul 28, 2004

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    We rented a car at the airport and drove ourselves.
    A guide did go along with us to the ruins because they are not well marked.
    We had to stop many times at checkpoints so they could check our car and our passports. This got a little old but that is what they do.

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Bacalar Warnings and Dangers

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    by kyoub Written Jul 28, 2004

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    When we got to the airport to return our rental car, they opened the trunk ,and we had no spare tire.
    Someone had relieved us of it somewhere along the way. We ended up having to buy them a new tire. Ouch!

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Bacalar Tourist Traps

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    by kyoub Updated Jul 28, 2004

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    Beware of the stop signs that aren't there.
    We got pulled over by a traffic policeman.
    He said that we went through a stop sign.
    There was no signs on that street. He was just wanting lunch money. After he took my husbands drivers license, he said either pay him or appear in court. He knew we wouldn't hang around for the later. They finally settled on a fine of around $12.

    Unique Suggestions: I wonder what would have happened if we just said that we didn't speak Spanish.

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Bacalar What to Pack

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    by kyoub Written Jul 28, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Travel light but do bring a jacket in the winter months.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring your comfy walking shoes, if you plan to visit the ruins.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring what you may need. You might even want to bring along some soft bathroom tissue.

    Photo Equipment: Bring a lot of film or a large photo stick.

    Miscellaneous: You will need a flashlight to see your way around after dark and when the electricity goes off. Bring a lighter and/or matches to light candles in case of power failure also.

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Bacalar Off The Beaten Path

  • Museum

    There is a 17th century fort called Fort San Felipe. It was built by the spanish for protection from the pirates and Maya who regularly raided the area.Today, part of the fort is a museum that houses arms used in the 17th and 18th centuries.The stone construction has been restored and cannons are still there overlooking Bacalar Lake

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  • Tropical grounds

    The grounds around the hotel are very impressive also.There are many tropical plants and large trees. Early morning and late evening you will hear the squack of parrots and see many other birds.There are thatch-roofed buildings around the area. The building in the photo had a mask like we saw in the nearby ruins.

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