Mexico’s Best Kept Treasure
Holbox, a little piece of paradise hidden within magical Mexico, this small island is located at the northern end of the state of Quintana Roo, in the municipality of Lazaro Cardenas.
Holbox in Mayan means “black hole,” and it covers an area of 40 km long and 2 km at its widest point, and its northern beach extends for about 34 km. It is intermittently connected to the mainland by a sand bar, with several canals that connect the sea with the Conil Lagoon.
Holbox Island is part of the biosphere reserve of flora and fauna and the protected area of Yum Balam. You can get there by sea from the port of Chiquilá. You can hire a private boat and support the local’s economy. The ferry across the Yalahau Lagoon in an approximately 20-minute boat ride in which you are likely to see dolphins welcoming you to this beautiful paradise.
White sandy streets and colorful houses become the perfect canvases that year after year receive the work of countless national and international mural artists — Capturing the “Holboxeño” essence. Huge murals bring life to the entire picturesque village.
Holbox Island has recently become a destination for adventure and relaxation travel; Holbox is the place to be in touch with nature. The transportation within the island is made of golf cart taxis, bicycles, and scooters since basically everything is walking distance; it is not unusual to walk everywhere.
Lobster fishing is one of the Islander’s main activities a real delicacy and the main ingredient of many culinary delights of this area.
You can arrange several tours on Holbox Island. Like the World famous “Holbox Whale sharks Adventure tour”. You can swim with the mighty Whale shark on the island and its surroundings from late May to mid-September.
The three points Island tour is undoubtedly the most versatile since it is available all year round and is the best way to see around the island. This activity visits the freshwater spring at Yalahau. Which contains numerous legends as an ancient Mayan site and the lair of fearless pirates and, Many people consider that the waters are medicinal and the source for eternal youth. The tour also includes the visit to a couple of other tiny but not less exciting islands. Passion Island and Bird Island, which are vital natural sanctuaries for several migrating birds species that nest in the region. A true birdwatching paradise.
Other tours that include searching for dolphins, flamingoes, crocodiles, and turtles are also available.
– There are NO BANKS in Holbox Island. There is only one ATM in the Main Square for the entire island.
– Bring enough cash since there are still many establishments that don’t accept credit cards yet. It’s easier to book online even within the island.
– Holbox is a Tropical Island; therefore, you should be prepared with bug repellent to be safe from Mosquito bites.
— Kiteboarding is allowed in some regions of the island only.