The crowning jewel of laidback town Bacalar is its vast glittering lake, known locally as the Lagoon of Seven Colours. Fed by underground cenotes (sinkholes), the crystal-clear waters range from shades of deep navy to luminous turquoise.
Days here are best spent exploring the lake by boat, paddleboard and kayak, before unwinding with a cocktail. Watching the last rays of the sun glimmer over the waters is an unmissable experience.
The area is steeped in tales of piracy and exploration. Explore the Canal de los Piratos, the 18th century San Felipe Fort and grand colonial-era churches to get a taste of Bacalar’s rich history.