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Bacalar Lagoon, Pirates Channel & Cenote Negro in Bacalar, Mexico

Best things to do in Bacalar Mexico - Katrina Julia - Cocalito's swing in the ocean

Cocalito's swing in the ocean

I’m really excited to interview Katrina Julia of Fit Life Creation about Bacalar, Mexico. Katrina’s tips for the best things to do in Bacalar are awesome because she is a global traveler that loves to experience new cities in far-off places. Katrina spent two weeks in Bacalar for a sponsored trip and loved the slower pace of life, beauty of the lagoon, and friendliness of the people.

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Best things to do in Bacalar Mexico - Katrina Julia - I Scream Bar

Enjoy a cold treat from the I Scream Bar

Bacalar, Mexico

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Bacalar, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Bacalar Mexico - Katrina Julia - Bacalar Lagoon by Camila Vázquez on Unsplash

Bacalar Lagoon. Photo by Camila Vázquez on Unsplash.

Getting around Bacalar

The local airport is Cancun International Airport (CUN), which is about a 4-hour drive to Bacalar. Katrina suggests flying into Cancun and then taking an ADO bus to Bacalar.

In 2023, Tulum is opening an international airport, which will offer a much closer option than flying into Cancun.

Katrina says that, if you’re staying in Bacalar for your entire trip, there’s no need to rent a car. However, if you decide to rent a car instead of taking the bus from Cancun, these are the best offers from Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Best things to do in Bacalar Mexico - Katrina Julia - local murals

Explore the numerous local murals

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Katrina Julia about Bacalar, Mexico. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Bacalar, Mexico
  • Green dots = best things to do in Bacalar, Mexico
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Bacalar, Mexico

Who is Katrina Julia?

Katrina is a multi-passionate entrepreneur, athlete, traveler, and the creator & CEO of all-in-one lifestyle brand FIT Life Creation. She has experience with 7 plus industries, graduated with an MBA,  and has earned her CPA license. Plus, she has been featured on the NBC Apprentice TV Show. Katrina has transformed every area of life from the inside out and continues traveling the world now to 7 continents for 2 plus years!

Best things to do in Bacalar Mexico - Katrina Julia headshot

Here are a few articles that she’s written:

You can connect with Katrina on her website and on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Best things to do in Bacalar Mexico - Katrina Julia - Mayan ruins

Learn the history of the indigenous culture at some of the local Mayan ruins.

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Best things to do in Bacalar Mexico - Katrina Julia - Diving board into a cenote

Katrina on a diving board into one of the many cenotes in Bacalar

Stay tuned for our next episode

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Elliot and his wife hiking on the Appalachian Trail

Listen to the next episode when Elliot Shibley of The Travelers Blueprint shares the best things to do in Hershey, PA. In this episode, Elliot and I talk about riding coasters at Hersheypark, exploring Indian Echo Caverns, and seeing the animals at Zoo America. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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