The journey from Tulum to Lake Bacalar was very straight forward. We headed to the ADO at midday and managed to catch the 1.30pm bus straight to Bacalar - this was around 210 pesos (£11).
Once again we went with the highest rated hostel on Hostelworld which was called the Yak Lake House. We were so pleased to have chosen this one as it was literally the most incredible location on the edge the lake, and had loads of added benefits such as early morning paddle boarding to catch the sunrise, and a beautiful boat tour through the Laguna de Siete Colores... And the lake genuinely does have 7 different shades of blue. It's amazing. The hostel itself had the perfect setup with a really sociable bar area and very spacious rooms with rather luxurious showers. An added bonus is the breakfast, lots of fresh fruit, cereals, toast and coffee etc offered to fill yourself up for the day.
Lake Bacalar is a great place to chill. We were also surprised to find that the whole area is so environmentally friendly. People there have a genuine want to contribute what they can to saving the planet. Every single restaurant we went to didn't give you plastic straws with your drink, or if they did they were paper. They only used biodegradable disposables like napkins and even cutlery. What's more - there were even many restaurants offering solely plant based foods! The actual town itself was pretty run down and the majority of locals appeared to live quite basic lifestyle. There were no big fancy houses, and certainly no modern cars, and it was amazing to see their compassion towards saving the environment... We couldn't help but think that perhaps back home in that sense they are far more forward thinking than we are.
The hostel itself has a great area to relax, but we also found a great chilling spot further along the lake called Los Aluxes. This hotel/restaurant had an area on the lake with swings across the water, sunbeds and chairs on their own wooden platforms on top of the crystal clear water. It has the most incredible setting! Be aware though if you do want to use the area you are expected to buy some food and drink, however it's not expensive at all so would definitely recommend going for lunch and spending the day there.
Where to eat/drink...
La Playita - a cute little hang out on the side of the lake with an unreal menu and beautiful view.
Mango Y Chile - great vegan burgers and delicious raw chocolate and banana milkshakes.
Christian's Tacos - cheap local food and excellent margaritas. Especially good for big groups.
Pizzeria Bertilla - the owners are from Italy and make their own fettuccine which is delicious, after a week of only Mexican food we were really craving a carb fest (found this on TripAdvisor which is worth looking at for food suggestions.)