Bacalar is still fairly off the backpacker trail in Mexico, but should definitely be on yours! The lagoon is something straight off a postcard. The water is crystal clear and gorgeous. The sunrise and sunsets are among the best you will ever see. Staying on the lagoon edge is the dream, however, many of the lagoon side options are pretty pricey! Check out this post about things to do in Bacalar. Here are some ideas about where to stay in Bacalar, as well as my recommended food options and ATM advice.
Where to stay in Bacalar
Here are a few options of where to stay in Bacalar, for the budget backpacker!
This camping ground isn’t on the lagoon, but only a few blocks walk away. They have private and dormitory rooms, areas to hang hammocks, pitched tents, and tent spots if you have your own tent. A basic breakfast is included (toast, spreads, fruit, coffee, tea, juice and yogurt), as well as wifi, and hot showers! The other great thing about this camp site is the free service to the lagoon! This campsite has another sister campsite about 6km out of town that is very secluded and right on the lagoon, with kayak rental, idyllic swings in the water, and hammocks. They provide this service everyday and bring you back into town at 2pm.
You can pay 320 pesos for a two person tent site which included the tent and mattress. You can book a tent site for 110 pesos and bring your own tent. If you can your own hammock, your hang it under shelter sleep in it for 100 pesos.
You can book a campsite or dorm at Camping Yaxche through booking.com here.
Casita Carolina is right on the lake front and right in town! This gorgeous place has private rooms and two cute caravans. There are no dorms or camping sites here, but if you are a couple or don’t mind sharing a bed, you can stay in the little caravan for 350mxn (175mxn pesos each). It doesn’t include breakfast, and there is no kitchen to use unless you are staying in one of the private rooms that includes the use of the kitchen :(. This was the only downfall! There is free tea and coffee in the morning though, and the showers are great :).
This place is the almost perfect choice for where to stay in Bacalar for the budget backpacking couple. It is absolutely gorgeous!
Book through the official website: casitacarolina.com
The supermarkets here leave much to be desired.. there are a few small supermarkets, one in the main zocalo. There is a fruit and vegetable shop on Calle 22 between Av 5 and Av 7. You can also find a Alcohol store next door.
ATMs Available in Bacalar
There are 3 ATMs in the main zocalo. The ATMs are Banamex, Banorte and Santander.
Where to eat
There are so many options for eating here, suitable to all budgets.
Budget food options
El Meson Cocina Economico – cheap regional food cooked by locals. Try the salbutes (12 pesos) and the empanadas (10 pesos), they also do regional main dishes for about 60 pesos. They like to change their menu everyday! Address: corner of Av. 5 and Calle 16.
El Socio Taqueria – cheap regional food cooked by locals. The salbutes here are 12 pesos and absolutely delicious, I really recommend them. The Tortas are also delicious (we had avocado, onion and pastor meat) and only 20 pesos. Tacos are also 12 pesos. Address: Av. 7, between Calle 18 and Calle 20z
Street food – There are various cheap street food options in the main Zocalo also, including tortas, tacos, and elotes.
Fancier food options
La Guapachosa – 36 pesos for 3 tacos, 100 pesos for a huge plate of pastor nachos with all the trimmings, happy hour is 5-8pm with 20 pesos for beers, about 65 pesos for chicken wings. Address: in the main Zocalo on Av. 5.
Pata de Perro – The nicest restaurant in the Zocalo. Pasta dishes from 110 pesos up to around 200 pesos for prawn pastas. Nachos are about 145 pesos. Reasonably priced for a pretty fancy restaurant. Address: in the main Zocalo on Calle 22.
Dessert – the ice cream shop on the corner of Av. 5 and Calle 22 is worth a visit! On a hot day their homemade Lime ice blocks are amaaaaazing and huge and pretty reasonable price at 15 pesos. Ice cream starts at 18 pesos for a scoop or for an ice cream on a stick :).
Bacalar is gorgeous and remains one of favorite places I have ever been! If you have any questions about where to stay in Bacalar, just comment below.