Isn’t life great when it’s lo-fi and low-rise? That’s the attitude on friendly Isla Holbox (hol-bosh) with its sandy streets, colorful Caribbean buildings, and blissful sun-drunk dogs. Holbox is a welcome refuge for anyone looking to just get away from it all (‘all’ likely meaning the hubbub of Cancún, Playa del Carmen or Isla Mujeres).
The island is about 26 miles long (42km) and 1.2 miles wide (2km), with seemingly endless beaches, tranquil waters and a galaxy of shells in various shapes and colors. The inhabited part however is 7 km long. To really appreciate all its splendor, a boat trip is a must. We strongly suggest the Classic Tour with VIP Holbox composed of Isla Pajaros (Bird Island), Isla Passion and the cenote of Yalahau.
Golf carts are big here, but walking to the town square from the dock takes less than 10 minutes and the beach is just a few blocks away from the square. Nobody uses street names, but just so you know, it’s Av Tiburón Ballena (trad. Whale shark avenue) that connects the town with the ferry dock.
Lying within the Yum Balam reserve, Holbox is home to more than 150 species of bird, including roseate spoonbills, pelicans, herons, ibis and flamingos. Although tourism takes more and more space in the economy, Holbox remain a fishermen island. At the confluence of the Caribbean sea and the Gulf of Mexico, there is a lot of food for aquatic wildlife, hence the presence of whale sharks.
Most of the island is also surrounded by rich mangroves. From April to August, the fly fishing enthusiasts are spoiled during the great migration of tarpon. Some specimen can even reach up to 200 pound. Do not miss your chance to have the fishing trip of your life.
The holboxenos like to party and host a range of cultural activities throughout the year. The Whale Shark Festival, Carnival, Holy Week, Gastronomic Festival: there is definitely an occasion to entertain you. The gastronomic offers on Holbox is impressive for a small village of about 2,000 inhabitants. Dozens of restaurants offer great meals for all budgets. Do not hesitate to consult the Tripadvisor Holbox section to plan your outings and meals.
The fun is guaranteed for all in Holbox. For those who like to rest, or party, the beach, nature or good food will always find something to satisfy them. It’s simply Holbox.