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Isla Holbox

Travel Guide
Isla Holbox showing tropical scenes and a marina

Enjoy lazy days on white-sand beaches, superb wildlife spotting and varied watersports at this blissful and untamed island on the Yucatan Peninsula. 

Discover the true essence of a Caribbean island dreamland at Isla Holbox. Swing in a hammock while watching ocean ripples on the shore, look for over 150 bird species and dabble in thrilling watersports. Isla Holbox lies where the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico meet. It forms part of the Yum-Balam Biosphere Reserve. Pristine beaches cover 22 of its 26 miles (36 of 42 kilometers) of length.

The island’s tourist center is Holbox, a small town characterized by sandy streets and colorful Caribbean architecture. Select from its abundance of guesthouses, hotels, seafood restaurants and tour operators. Nothing is far away in Holbox. It’s easy to get around by foot or rented bike or golf cart. Visit the Main Square, home to the Holbox Church, a kid’s playground and a basketball court.

A short walk northwest of the town is Holbox Beach. Its warm, shallow water is perfect for swimmers of all ages and abilities. Try kayaking, kitesurfing, stand-up paddle boarding and windsurfing. Join fishing trips and boating adventures to spot whale sharks from May to September.

Be amazed by the variety of birds inhabiting the coastline and Yalahau Lagoon, which separates the island from the mainland. See egrets, herons, ibis, flamingos and pelicans, among others. Spot crocodiles, dolphins, rays and turtles. Punta Mosquito Beach, at the island’s northernmost tip, is a great location for viewing flamingos.

Step aboard a boat and visit the islets scattered around the island. Come face-to-face with endangered birds via the walkways through Bird Island’s cacti and mangroves. Escape real-world stresses at the palm-fringed bays of Passion Island. Bathe in the freshwater spring of Yalahua Cenote.

Reach Isla Holbox by catching a bus from Cancún to Chiquilá then take a 15-minute ferry ride. Come prepared for year-round hot temperatures, with heavy rains and a large presence of mosquitoes from June to October.

Where to stay in Isla Holbox

Villas HM Paraiso del Mar
Villas HM Paraiso del Mar
4 out of 5
Avenida Plutarco Elias S/N, Isla Holbox, QROO
The price is NT$4,891 per night from Jul 29 to Jul 29
Nestled on the beach, this Isla Holbox hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Holbox Church, Holbox Beach, and Punta Mosquito Beach. Punta Coco is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) ...
4.3/5Excellent! (981 reviews)
"Beautiful place to stay. Very friendly staff and clean property. The room was my dream “Boho” on the beach. I had an ocean view room with the hot tub, worth the extra money. But any room here was close to the beach. The lounges on the beach are maintained and nice. They could use a few more umbrellas, ..."

Reviewed on 2021/7/19

Villas HM Paraiso del Mar
Mystique Holbox by Royalton
Mystique Holbox by Royalton
4 out of 5
Av. Pedro Joaquin Coldwell, entre Calle Chabelita y Paseo Carey, Isla Holbox, QROO
The price is NT$6,591 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 21
Nestled on the beach, this Isla Holbox hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Whale Shark Pier, Holbox Beach, and Punta Coco. Punta Mosquito Beach is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (249 reviews)
"The hotel is not worth the price, we didn’t receive the vip benefits, they didn’t have towels or beach chairs available the day we arrived. The outdoor restaurant was being renovated so the only option to eat was in the indoor business center. The service was great, the rooms are clean but right ..."

Reviewed on 2021/7/10

Mystique Holbox by Royalton
Villas HM Palapas del Mar
Villas HM Palapas del Mar
4 out of 5
Avenida Plutarco Elias S/N, Isla Holbox, QROO
The price is NT$6,464 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 25
Nestled on the beach, this Isla Holbox hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Holbox Church, Holbox Beach, and Punta Mosquito Beach. Punta Coco is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (590 reviews)
"Nice Hotel. Not so friendly staff."

Reviewed on 2021/7/19

Villas HM Palapas del Mar
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Hotelito Casa Bucaneros Pirata Bar
Hotelito Casa Bucaneros Pirata Bar
2.5 out of 5
calle agustin de iturbide s/n esquina, con Fco. Villa Hotelito Casa Bucaneros &, Solferino, QROO
The price is NT$956 per night from Jul 29 to Jul 29
Situated in Solferino, this vacation home is within 12 mi (20 km) of Punta Mosquito Beach, Holbox Beach, and Punta Coco. Paseo Kuka Beach Path and Passion Island ...
Hotelito Casa Bucaneros Pirata Bar
Ensueño Holbox and Beach Club
Ensueño Holbox and Beach Club
3.5 out of 5
Calle Cahuama con Calle Cherna s/n, Isla Holbox, QROO
The price is NT$3,868 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Holbox Beach and Punta Coco. Punta Mosquito Beach is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.
4.3/5Excellent! (124 reviews)
"Beautiful location, close to the beach"

Reviewed on 2021/7/4

Ensueño Holbox and Beach Club
Mayan Villas Hotel
Mayan Villas Hotel
3 out of 5
Calle Herrera Esquina Calle Castellanos, Mazana 28, Lot 5, Chiquila, QROO
The price is NT$1,726 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Situated in Chiquila, this aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Holbox Beach.
3.6/5Good! (24 reviews)
"chiquila is the place to start your tour. From Chiquilá you can rent your boat for boat cruises to go around Holbox. And this hotel makes everything easy and unexpensive. Of course , you have to visit Holbox."

Reviewed on 2020/1/24

Mayan Villas Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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