Seven Shades of Blue | Bacalar Lagoon, Bacalar, Mexico

Updated: Jul 27, 2020

Bacalar, Mexico

June 4 - 9, 2019

Photo courtesy
Lake Bacalar

After our wedding, we ventured south for three hours with my parents and sisters to Bacalar, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Bacalar is a town in southeastern Mexico near the Belize border.


It’s on Lake Bacalar (Laguna de Bacalar), also called the Lagoon of Seven Colors due to its incredible shades of blue and turquoise! I have never seen a lake so pristine in my entire life. And what I loved most about it was that it was freshwater. The water in the Caribbean has similar coloring, but the water is yucky after a while. You can swim all day long in Bacalar Lake, and open your eyes underwater. This water is so clean, cool, and refreshing! It is also a great temperature in June.

We stayed at an adorable Airbnb called Casa Del Arbol right on the water. It is a three-bedroom private villa featuring Mexican architecture, which my mama loves, fresh fruit, and a backyard full of water toys (blowup flamingos/donuts, paddleboards, and kayaks). We even had on-site maids who cleaned for us each day. We look forward to returning here one day!

For our family, this was the perfect vacation because there were activities for everyone and enough space to spread out and really relax. Our villa had seven hammocks and lots of lawn chairs for reading or sunbathing.

And our back door led straight out to our personal dock which was great for swimming, snorkeling, or water sports 24/7. At night they lit up the dock with different fun colors that attracted cool catfish.

The wildlife was beautiful. There are lots of birds in the area, my mom and sister saw an alligator, different colored fish and tons of geckos and frogs! On our trip, we saw a family of tejons, also known as Coati (