Why Mexico’s Unbelievable Pink Lagoon Belongs on Your Bucket List

Sophie Miura

No, it's not a filter. Positioned off the coast of Las Coloradas, a small fishing village on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, sits one of the most naturally photogenic destinations in the world: a blush pink lagoon in the Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve. 

The rosy-hued travel destination has gained popularity on social media recently, but its vivid, surreal colour isn't an optical illusion. The lagoon gets its pink colour thanks to marine microorganisms that contain a pigment called beta carotene, Huffington Post reports. 

It's not the first time a pink beach has captured our attention. Our very own Lake Hillier in Western Australia turned a shade of bright, bubblegum pink due to pigmented algae and Turkey's Lake Tuz also turns a curious shade of blush during cooler months. 

Whether you're planning a trip to Mexico, Turkey, or Western Australia, one thing's for sure: You'll want to invest in a quality camera to capture this insanely photogenic experience. Take a look at other traveller's stunning Instagram pictures of the surreal pink lagoon:


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