Mahahual to Chetumal: An otherworldly lake, a time machine, and great presents for everyone    

Photo: Laguna de los 7 Colores, Bacalar.

We continue our Mexico road trip series with Chuck Bolotin, from Best Places in the World to Retire, as he, his wife, and two dogs drive through Mexico in a large, white van. Chuck invites us to visit with him and his family to Mexico’s southern-most area, where an iridescent lake with a shoreline reminiscent of Tahiti and the shopping are both out of this world.
Almost on cue, just minutes after my wife Jet was finished with her massage on the beach in Mahahual, the wind picked up, and we and everyone else could notice that the squalls that earlier were further out and more separated were now consolidating and moving closer.  Evidently not strangers to what would happen next, everyone but us folded up and headed for nearby shelter.  Having a full itinerary, we got in our van, retraced the road back to the main highway, and made a left to head south, on our way to Bacalar before reaching our final intended destination for the day in Chetumal.

Bacalar is not that well known, perhaps because…

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Bacalar lake. (PHOTO: Chuck Bolotin)
Bacalar lake. (PHOTO: Chuck Bolotin)