What to do in Bacalar?
Perfect activities for your visit in paradise
Get to know the Pirates Channel
Spectacular place that joins the Río Hondo with the Bacalar lagoon, and is characterized by its fine and soft sand that in some parts contains sulfur, which makes it perfect for exfoliation. Excellent space to enjoy a unique sunset.
Visit the Black Cenote
It is one of the 5 cenotes in the lagoon, and the deepest with up to 180 meters! You can snorkel and see how the rock walls disappear in the depth. It is also known as the Cenote de la Bruja, since according to legend, a long time ago the house of a woman who lived in this area was demolished to build a school, and it made her feel so bad that she cast a curse: every year, at least a student would die by drowning. True or false? Who knows ... but there almost everyone wears a vest hehe.
Visit the Fort of San Felipe
When you decide to leave the lagoon and the cenotes to land, we recommend visiting the San Felipe de Bacalar fort, named in the 18th century in honor of the 16th century Florentine saint who founded the Congregation of the Oratory. The castle was built by the Spanish to repel the incursions of the English, French and Dutch pirates, who went to the mainland in search of supplies and women. The fort houses the Museum of Caste Warfare and a small museum alluding to piracy in the Caribbean.
Spas of Bacalar
The Ejidal Magical Spa: it is the most famous and popular spa, it has beautiful views of the lagoon. The entrance costs 15 pesos and for 300 pesos more you can rent a palapa with loungers. It has restaurant service and there are even slides (30 pesos).
The Ecological Spa: it was recommended to us by our sailboat guide, it is a very quiet spa and without any type of construction to respect the environment. It only costs 3 pesos.
El Aserradero Municipal Spa: it is one of the most central, on 14th street, and has basic facilities. The water here is perfect for bathing and costs 10 pesos.
Cocalitos: they also call it the Sanctuary of the Stromatolites because its waters are dotted with these mineral formations. The entrance costs 35 pesos, you can rent kayaks for 150 pesos.