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Isla Holbox

Isla Holbox (Mexico)

Practical information about Isla Holbox

  • Family
  • Relaxation
  • Encounters with locals
  • Romantic
  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Island
  • Viewpoint
  • Water Sports
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
20 minutes from Chiquilá by boat
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Isla Holbox

David Debrincat Travel writer
459 travel articles

Lying 200 km from Merida, the little island of Isla Holbox is a veritable haven of peace and tranquility. In contrast to the atmosphere of Cancún, this place is a lover's paradise, and life is simple and traditional here.

My suggestion:
There are some very bitey, very irritating little flies around at sunrise and they make a beeline for every tiny patch of exposed bare skin. You need to either cover yourself or stay sheltered until the sun is a bit higher in the sky and the flies depart of their own accord.
Isla Holbox still remains a largely unknown little corner of paradise for the moment and is somewhere to visit and discover when visiting Mexico. So much the better! Here, it's golf carts you see instead of cars. When I first arrived, I hired a tent, slipped on my swimming trunks and headed straight to the white, sandy beach and the turquoise water of the absolutely wonderful Caribbean Sea. Pelicans fly circling above the water, plunging down head-first to catch fish. Others, already full, swim just a few metres from the bathers. At the island's tiny and only village I noticed that prices weren't inflated in the way they usually are at coastal resorts. The island's inhabitants are extremely friendly and very hospitable. I spent the particular day in question in the shade of the coconut palms, sunbathing and swimming. I stayed there until I had the chance to watch and admire the wonderful sunset. It's good to take things easy.
Isla Holbox
Travel writer
181 travel articles

An island paradise in the north of the Yucatan peninsula, which is very different to the tourist towns of Quintana Roo.

My suggestion:
If you are looking for frenzied festivals and all-inclusive hotel complexes this is not the place for you - the key word here is "tranquillity".
Holbox, is without a doubt THE destination for people who like to take their time when they are travelling. The island is wonderful, turquoise water, white sand, palm trees...The whole Caribbean package is jaw dropping. However, the spot is completely different from the rest of the coast from the point of view of tourism. Few visitors go there, perhaps because it has rejected any of the concrete structures usually built to accommodate mass tourists: Holbox is the complete opposite of Cancun.
Sun set