If you’re looking for an alternative to the beach for your next vacation or perhaps an escape from the sargassum that’s currently washing up on the shores, you might be interested in exploring the Mexican Caribbean’s many water landscapes, such as rivers and cenotes.
However, did you know that the area is also filled with incredible freshwater lagoons? These lagoons can be found throughout the region, from Holbox and Cancun all the way south to Bacalar.
To avoid giving preferential treatment, as each location is beautiful and unique in its own way, we will work from north to south:
Located at the very top of the Yucatan Peninsula, just a 30-minute boat ride from Isla Holbox is Yalahau Lagoon. This natural water spring is often referred to as a ‘cenote’. Interestingly, lagoons are simply a collection of cenotes, each with different depths, that have collapsed and combined to form a large body of water.
Legend has it that in ancient times, the lagoon served as a hideout for pirates. Nowadays, diving into its cold, fresh waters is said to revitalize every cell in your body. It’s no wonder it’s often called ‘The Fountain of Youth’ – it’s definitely worth a visit.
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This lagoon is a large body of water that serves as an eco-friendly border between Cancun’s Hotel Zone and downtown Cancun, comprising 7 lakes, and is typically a mix of salt and fresh water – it’s undoubtedly one of the most beautiful areas in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.
You can speedboat through the mangroves and immerse yourself in a lush green paradise, plus if that’s not enough, with nearby Punta Nizuc, you might find yourself snorkeling, water-skiing, or even seeing the tropical fish from a glass bottom boat!
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Located north of the UNESCO world heritage site, Sian Ka’an Biosphere reserve, and only a 15-minute drive southwest of Tulum town. There is something rather alluring about this lagoon in particular. Upon first impression, it could be believed to be a lake, with its shallow, turquoise edges, perfect for dipping and swimming, and then its deep blue core, which is roped off for visitors. It has been said the currents are so strong they could pull you down.
This lagoon features instagrammable overwater hammocks and swings for relaxing and piers for jumping off. Despite it not being as touristy as a lot of attractions in the area, it’s recommended to head there earlier to beat the crowds (plus the peak sunshine – wearing sunscreen is also prohibited at these lagoons to protect wildlife). Similarly, you also have the stunning Laguna De Chunyaxché nearby as well.
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Located in Tulum, sitting between the Caribbean Sea and the jungle, where the lagoon meets the ocean, making it a really unique spot to visit. It’s home to a large variety of flora and fauna, where you might catch a glimpse of the vast array of bird species they have – maybe you’ll spot a crocodile too!
Picture yourself paddleboarding through its breathtaking scenery, birds singing, and the sun shining down on you – it’s also known as a great place for fishing and/or fly fishing due to its copious amounts of fish species, including bonefish and tarpon.
In the very south, we have this stunning wonder – the lagoon has earned the nickname “Lake of Seven Colors” due to its unique shades of blue and green that you wouldn’t find elsewhere. This breathtaking ecosystem attracts tourists from all around the world. You can snorkel and scuba dive here and marvel at the vast species of tropical fish and aquatic life.
Also, if you’re in the mood for something a little more adventurous, like most lagoons, you can kayak and paddle board here too. It’s well worth the journey down to Bacalar. Why not even take yourself on a tour of all the lagoons and finish in the far south in Bacalar?
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Whatever you end up doing – if you’re planning a trip to the Mexican Caribbean, anywhere along the Yucatan Peninsula, you are never too far away from a lagoon or a cenote, so if the sargassum is present, don’t worry because Mexico has so much natural beauty to offer and it’s right at your fingertips, so why not take advantage of it?
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