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Green Monkey Hostel Bacalar

Av. Boulevard Costero 16 St Corner With 16 St, Bacalar 77936 Mexico
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#21 of 106 Specialty lodging in Bacalar
At sunrise shafts of light dip into the lagoon, giving it an orange shine, and slowly the Greeen Monkey hostel rises into life. The dock by the water slowly fills with people doing their morning wake up routine, while coffee and breakfast with toast, jam and a wide range of fruits, waiting for the hungry travellers. Now the day can begin with a swim in the crystal clear water of the lagoon, or go for a tour to the best spots on the lake of seven colours by paddleboard. While relaxing in one of the hammocks you can see where the lagoon got it's name. You also see the entrance to the pirate's channel, marked by an abandoned bar in the shape of a ship. As you go down by the pirate channel you will see mangroves along the edge as you float with the gentle current. When you return you can visit the old ruins used to defend from pirates. You can go for a 5 minute walk to the black cenote. Wade out a few meters and look down into the abyss, then jump into it from fallen tree. Once you're hungry it's a quick to the plaza where you will find small locally owned stores to buy groseries for cooking or try the local cuisine. At the end of the day having BBQ or watch a movie with your fellow travellers. The hammocks and gazibos are great places to meet your neighbours in tents or dorms and make new friends. After dark you can watch the stars with your new family and fall asleep in your tent as you watch the sky through the mesh. Or try a comfy bed in either a 6 or 8 bed dorm. Or a 4 person private room. With such an inspiring place you might find a forgotten love for writing, drawing, singing or meditation on the dock, while listening to the waves. Let the Green Monkey hostel inspire you, let yourself go.
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Ric007 wrote a review Mar 2020
Mexico City, Mexico2 contributions
Stayed here for one night, showed randomly with no reservation. Was accomodated in a shared room with bunk beds. Shared rooms are inside a wooden 'Cabin' with bunkbeds, with a shared terrace that offers side views of the lake. The location with access to the lake was great. Some kayak and SUP tours are available (took neither there). Basic breakfast. I was really lucky as the one night I stayed I was the only person in the room. So, that really makes a difference. The day I left, a large group arrived with camping tents so I guess they allow people to camp as well on the 'garden lawn'. Bathroom was basic. Shower could be improved with hot water. Basic accomodation for a basic price. The staff was friendly and helpful. They had dogs that were also friendly. Location: within walking distance/ a few blocks away of the Fort (Fuerte de San Felipe) and main square where many of the shops and restaurants/ cafes are located. Thanks . Gracias.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Room Tip: Choose a bed that is not directly under the AC
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h0llliem21 wrote a review Mar 2020
Newmarket, Canada27 contributions26 helpful votes
We didn’t stay at this hostel but we booked their sailing tour around the lagoon and it was amazing. They offer three tours a day and we did the evening tour 3-6:30pm and it was nothing short of perfect. Everything was so relax and although I was the only traveller who spoke English they translated as much as they could for me. We stopped at all the major sights in the lagoon where we could swim and take pictures. This was such a relaxing trip around the lagoon of 7 colours I would highly recommend it for anyone visiting Bacalar. Not to mention the price was amazing!
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Date of stay: March 2020
Room Tip: Sailing tour
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RiccardoBcn wrote a review Jan 2020
Tulum, Mexico63 contributions32 helpful votes
The place is decent but noisy not confortable no locker in the room no toilet in the room... mattresses rolled in plastic wrap (very uncomfortable) And they charge 15€/17usd for a bed in a dorm!Terrible quality/price ratio.Should cost half at least.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
Matthew S wrote a review Aug 2019
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I'm not picky about where I stay so enjoyed my stay based on the water front location and it's proximity to the square, in terms of how the hostel is run it's a pretty terrible operation. There was diarrhea for three days in two of three toilets found outside and a terrible smell of dog in the other set of toilets, staff are unhelpful, none I met could speak any English and pretty sure one is high all the time. You pay a lot of money to stay here yet have to pay every time to fill your water and when I asked for a bin bag to put some dirty clothes in they said I couldn't have one. Beds are hard and the AC in my room drips on my bed.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
Susanna M. wrote a review Jul 2019
Playa del Carmen, Mexico6 contributions7 helpful votes
I LOVED Bacalar so it kept me from realizing at first the issues this place has. There are currently two dogs there in dire need of veterinary car and, more simply, a bath. They smell terrible and at least one always likes to hang out in the bathroom. So you get to smell dog smell while you're in the bathroom. One was in there when I took a shower. It was gross. One is bleeding from its paw and drips blood everywhere. They both have open sores and scratch all the time (obviously flea-ridden). The staff was very friendly and helpful. The owner herself is unfriendly, will not speak unless you speak to her first (makes you wonder why she went into hospitality) and the back of the toilet has never been cleaned. When I got there I had to clean the bathroom myself just so i could stand it. It wasn't filthy but it was way too dirty for my taste and I'm not very picky. Hair on the floor, mud, dirty toilet etc. Great things: location - right on the lagoon and close to the center of town; staff - very friendly and helpful.
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Date of stay: July 2019
Trip type: Traveled solo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Green Monkey Hostel Bacalar
Which popular attractions are close to Green Monkey Hostel Bacalar?
Nearby attractions include Lake Bacalar (0.10 miles), Fuerte de San Felipe (0.2 miles), and Damajuana (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Green Monkey Hostel Bacalar?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Green Monkey Hostel Bacalar?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Green Monkey Hostel Bacalar?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Green Monkey Hostel Bacalar?
Conveniently located restaurants include Nixtamal, Barbanegra Bacalar, and Nao.
Is Green Monkey Hostel Bacalar located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of Bacalar.
Are pets allowed at Green Monkey Hostel Bacalar?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.