This lagoonside town throws on white sand along the Lake of Seven Colors, along with light-touch hotels, home-style restaurants and suitably spoiling spas.
If you’re the type of person who likes to hold a finger up to the wind to see which way the travel trends are blowing, we think you’ll like Bacalar. Way down south from now-crowded Tulum, you’ll find the latest Mexico “it” destination on the border with Belize. The hush-hush east coast hinterland offers natural beauty in spades thanks to the Laguna de Siete Colores (the Lake of Seven Colors), edged by preserved wetlands and estuaries that winter travelers will love. Here, large builds are prohibited and hotel rooms are limited, so tread lightly with our barefoot guide to this ecological Eden.
This must-try spot from Ricardo Méndez, one of the chefs behind Mexico City’s lauded Pujol restaurant, is a surefire sign that Bacalar is on the up. Tostadas packed with cured fish and matcha salsa and lobster risotto make up the moreish menu, with a zero-waste bar serving up tequila- and mezcal-based cocktails. Book early to avoid missing out on this masterclass of modern Mexican cooking, all romantically laid out around palm-dotted grounds, strung with fairy lights and lit by candles.