Who said the Fountain of Youth is just a legend? No one who has visited Yalahua Lagoon in Mexico, that’s for sure! Swim in the emerald pool as the spring water bubbles up along the edges of mangroves, and you’ll become a believer.
Located 30 minutes from Holbox Island — and only accessible by boat — lies a lagoon brighter than the most turquoise-colored Caribbean waters. Because Holbox is an ecotourism island and the lagoon is a protected ecological site, the waters remain sparkling clear.
Originally, the lagoon was a port for seafaring Mayan traders until one Mayan king closed it for personal use. He turned it into his private bath, complete with concubines. At one time, the lagoon was the only source of fresh water for the islanders of Holbox. Today, it remains an important water provider.
Legend has it Molas the pirate used the lagoon as a place of refuge. The water is so deep it appears to be black, which adds to the magic. The color actually comes from the mixing of waters with the white Coraline sand.
Located at the northeast corner of Mexico’s Yucantan peninsula — where the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico converge — makes it the richest environment for an abundance of marine life. Pink flamingos flock in the mangroves. For five moths out of the year, the largest gathering of whale sharks in the world can be found circling the lagoon. I would suggest not visiting during those months.
For the other seven months, enjoy floating in the enchanted lagoon. By the time you dry off, you’ll feel 10 years younger.