When you think of Quintana Roo, you might imagine white sand and turquoise waves, but the Lagoon of Seven Colors is the heart of Bacalar, not the beach.
The round lagoon that stands out for its various shades of blue is a perfect place to swim, snorkel, and even scuba dive. Those who go deep enough will discover the underwater caves that connect to other water formations like cenotes — including the impressive Blue Cenote — the reason behind the lagoon’s changing colors.
You can stay in one of the inns surrounding the lagoon, although for more adventurous souls there are also campsites. The town’s downtown is as quaint as you can imagine, with pedestrian-friendly streets with small restaurants, most of which serve fresh seafood.
There’s also a group of streets called The Murals Route which has more than 100 street art murals that are dedicated to praising Bacalar’s natural beauty.