In 2001, Mexico’s Secretariat of Tourism had a mission to promote some of Mexico’s favorite and beloved towns. At first, just a few towns were recognized by the program, but now, fifteen years later, the Magical Towns / Pueblos Magicos program has expanded to include 83 towns that showcase the beauty and history of Mexico. Each of these towns represents Mexico’s rich history, culture, and beauty.
The Magical Town of Bacalar – Cancun’s Magical Neighbor
Bacalar was added to Pueblos Magicos in 2006 to celebrate its rich Mayan history and incomparable natural beauty. The Magical Town of Bacalar is a seaside village, just a couple of hours drive from Cancun, once known for its pirates coves, and a major trading center in Mexico for the Mayan. While the pirates are long gone, tourists love the excitement and interest of pirates.
The Lagoon with Seven Shades of Blues
Bacalar is wonderful for water activities, adorned by a beautiful lagoon that features seven different shades of blue (La Laguna de los Siete Colores). It is breathtaking. The lagoon is perfect for scuba diving, snorkeling, and boating. The Magical Town of Bacalar has an amazing history and Mexican culture, and this is why this is a great place to visit.
The San Felipe Fort is also located in Bacalar. The fort was developed in 1729, and lets tourists honor the battles that was fought here against pirates and the Europeans. Bacalar is also known for underwater caves, which include the Cenote Azul, an amazing sink hole.
The Magical Town of Bacalar is just a few hours from Cancun, which is perfect for an exciting day excursions.