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  • Holbox
  • Playa del Carmen
  • Tulum
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  • Zihuatanejo & Ixtapa

  • Holbox Island, Mexico

    Holbox Island (or Isla Holbox in Spanish) is a beautiful destination of low key hotels, endless sandy beaches and beautiful tranquil waters. The island itself is 25km by 3km, so there is plenty of space for tourists. Development is generally low rise, with plenty of colourful Caribbean style houses. The town of Holbox has sandy streets, very few vehicles and a laid back vibe - it's a great place to hang out for a while on your vacation to Mexico. Holbox is very peaceful - a far cry from the hectic Cancun - and in the low season bars and restaurants are often shut by 10pm. It's a great Mexican vacation destination if you like lazing in a hammock under palm trees, or hiring a golf buggy to explore some secluded beaches.

    As part of Mexico's Yum Balama Reserve, the island is a sanctuary for much wildlife - flamingoes, dolphins and whale sharks (lots of them in the summer - friendly ones!) are often spotted in near Holbox Island. Unfortunately, there's also a lot of mosquitoes, so you'll need to bring plenty of repellent, especially if visiting during the rainy season.

    Most restaurants and hotels are found near the main plaza, though there are a few more secluded options on the North coast of the island. Hotels in Holbox are very varied in standard - everything from budget to luxury, meaning that the island is a great place to visit for all.

    To travel to Holbox, there's numerous daily ferries from the port of Chiquila on the mainland of Mexico. Departure times of ferries to Holbox are often timed to co-incide with the arrival of buses from other nearby destinations such as Merida, Valladolid and Cancun. For those driving, it's easy to leave your car in a car park in Chiquila.


    Holbox photos:
    Holbox Island, Mexico
    Holbox, Mexico - this pic is of the main street. It's a laid back place to visit - and a great option for a honeymoon.

    Maya Riviera, Mexico
    Mexico's beaches on the Maya Riviera - more secluded, peaceful resorts are found here. Mexico Travel Guides & Tips for Vacation Planning - All rights reserved.