How to Get to Bacalar and Amigo´s B&B
The small town of Bacalar is located in the south of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo just off the main state highway # 307 approx. 35 km north of the state capital, Chetumal and the border with the country of Belize.
In order to fully explore this southern area of the state we highly suggest the rental of a car. Using a rental car will allow you the freedom to explore the area Mayan Ruins, visit the state capital and use Amigo's Hotel Bacalar as a base for your stay in the south. We recommend a good map of the region where you plan on exploring.
Before leaving Cancun, fill your tank with gas. Make sure you have a good map of the
Area with you, and pesos in low denominations. TOPES are speed bumps. Slow down for them. They are usually located at the entrance and exit of small Mayan villages where there will be children and animals freely running in the street-fields.. USE much caution..
Leave Cancun heading south on Hwy # 307. You will take this totally straight south, passing Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Adventuras,Akumal, and finally Tulum. From Cancun to just south of Playa del Carmen by the exit for Xcaret Park, the highway is a divided double lane highway. At Xcaret it becomes a ‘three’lane highway.( If you’re driving slower , please pull over to part of the shoulder, thus allowing the vehicle be hind you to pass without crashing into the oncoming traffic hence the "three" lanes.)
Through the town of Tulum it is a divided blvd. From Tulum to Felipe Carrillo Puerto, it is a single lane narrow highway with dense jungle vegetation on both sides, extremely hypnotizing in the day and extremely DANGEROUS at night.. You are driving through the Sian Kaán Biosphere region.
After this you will enter Felipe Carrillo Puerto. Gas station and an ATM are here on the main road in the main part of town. Leaving Felipe Carrillo Puerto take hwy # 307 south all the way to Bacalar. On this you will drive through some Mayan villages, after Limones you will see the new road out to Majahual.
(If coming from either Majahual or Xcalak you need to drive back out to Highway 307 and follow the directions) Do NOT take this. Stay on Hwy# 307. Now it is a new road, still under some construction, so use precautions here.. Take this south to the first exit for Bacalar.
You will see the turn off, exit left off hwy and this exit now becomes the main road into town and eventually the main ave in the downtown area. Please use caution as highway # 307 is under expansion from Tulum to Bacalar.
Driving from Campeche,Villahermosa, Palenque and parts south
You want to get to Escarcega using Hwy.# 186. At Escarcega continue east on Hwy # 186 heading toward Chetumal. You will pass exits for all the various Mayan Ruins on this road. If you wish to visit them, just follow the signs that indicate how to get to the desired site.
If you choose not to visit any of them, the drive Escarcega to the turn off on Hwy # 307 is approx. 3 hours. Limited services and maybe one gas station in the middle of the drive, otherwise dense forest interspersed with small villages. Road is a wide single lane highway in fair condition. Just after the exit for the ruins of Kohunlich there will be a PEMEX station. Fill up here because Bacalar at the moment does not have a gas station, and the closest station is in Chetumal. Chetumal is south of the meeting points of Hwy # 186 and Hwy# 307.
Continue to Hwy# 307 going North. Take this north to the first exit for Bacalar which will be for the CENOTE AZUL. The exit will turn into the Costera Laguna Bacalar ( Lakefront drive). Continue on this till you reach the house, about 3.6-3.8 km.
Driving from Merida
Leave Merida on Hwy # 18 for Tekit, and then Tekit to Ticul or use Hwy # 261 Merida to Uman which then goes on to Muna further to Ticul.. From Ticul take Hwy # 184 south east to Tekax and on to Tzucacab and finally to Felipe Carrillo Puerto. This will be the largest of all the places you pass after leaving Merida. Gas station and an ATM are here on the main road in the main part of town. Leaving Felipe Carrillo Puerto take hwy # 307 south all the way to Bacalar. Once in Bacalar, follow the above directions in the Driving from Cancun Instructions
Driving from Valladolid
Leaving Valladolid take Hwy # 295 to Tepich and then on to Melchor Campo and finally on to Felipe Carrillo Puerto . This will be the largest of all the places you pass after leaving Valladolid. Gas station and an ATM are here on the main road in the main part of town. Leaving Felipe Carrillo Puerto take hwy # 307 south all the way to Bacalar. Once in Bacalar, follow the above directions in the Driving from Cancun Instructions
Driving from the Belize border
Once you cross over from Belize into Mexico, you will be in a small little village-town called Subti. Lopez ( border town, about 2-3 blocks of a few stores, buildings, otherwise nothing) The road goes right down the middle of this small village,and will continue to Highway 307. Chetumal is south of the meeting points of this road ( from Belize) and Hwy# 307. Continue to Hwy# 307 going North. Take this north to the first exit for Bacalar which will be for the CENOTE AZUL. The exit will turn into the Costera Laguna Bacalar ( Lakefront drive). Continue on this till you reach the house, about 3.6-3.8 km.
Coming from Chetumal to Amigo's Hotel Bacalar
From the main bus station in Chetumal ask for a taxi to Bacalar. Approx. cost is about $200 pesos and take about 30 minute drive if there is traffic.
Amigo´s Hotel is south of the town of Bacalar, and to exit the highway # 307 you should take the exit for “EL CENTOE AZUL”. This exit continues north and actually becomes the “Lakeshore Drive—Costera Laguna Bacalar”. From the exit off the highay,it is 3.7 km north on the Costera Laguna Bacalar.
If you prefer to use the bus system, the more frequent buses from various towns to this area will be into Chetumal as there are very few that will be direct to Bacalar. From the main station in Chetumal the easiest way to get to Bacalar will be by taxi as instructed below. Going from point a to Chetumal will either be more frequent time table and or less costly or time consuming as direct buses are available than waiting for one specifically to drop you off in the town of Bacalar. IF for some reason you end up getting dropped off in the Bacalar bus store ( literally a store front) the easiest way to get to Amigo's Hotel Bacalar is to take a taxi which usually are waiting around as the buses arrive. Just tell the driver Amigo´s Hotelito
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