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Bacalar is a small city with a village-y feel right on the edge of the stunning shores of the brilliantly azure Laguna Bacalar. The waters of the lake are so clear and bright that people travel a long way just to see this site - it’s five hours drive from Cancún via Playa del Carmen and Tulum. The lake supposedly has seven shades, ranging from the pale, shallow sides to deep cenotes or sinkholes. The best places to stay in Bacalar have water views.
Some people just want to sit beside this watery beauty, but of course getting out on the water - in a kayak or sailboat - will allow you to see a lot more, and the best places to stay in Bacalar provide watercraft of one kind or another.
The Fortress de San Felipe Bacalar is another draw, it’s one of the last bastions of the Mayan people. You’re also close to several interesting sets of Mayan ruins. And it’s a great place to birdwatch and experience the jungles of the Yucatán.
The Best Places to Stay in Bacalar
- Lake Bacalar’s Rancho Encantado is a collection of 12 chic cabins nestled right in against the lake. The terracotta tiles, music-draped beds and white-washed walls give a rustic feel but there’s plenty of luxury, including a beautiful spa.
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Rancho Encantado 12 rooms from $152Bacalar
An enchanting eco-lodge nestled amidst thick vegetation and overlooking Lake Bacalar. Chic cabins feature terracotta tiled floors, muslin draped beds, white washed walls and pops of turquoise. Plenty of hammocks, a spa and utter tranquility ensure a restful stay. A glorious hideaway.Eco break - Rest assured the hotel is taking care of your carbon footprint leaving you free to totally unwind.Hideaway - Great for couples wanting to get away from the world.Remote - Off the beaten track.Barefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.