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Isla Holbox
Travel Guide

Isla Holbox featuring tropical scenes, landscape views and island views

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

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 £153 per night from 13 Jun to 13 Jun
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) ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (232 reviews)
"The staff at the hotel is very professional and helpful for anyone who is staying there. The location is bit in the center but it’s 8-10 minute walk away. Our room was cleaned twice and our plunge pool was cleaned daily. The hotel is right on the beach. The beachfront at the hotel is nice and clean ..."

Reviewed on 10 May 2021

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 £135 per night from 11 Jun to 11 Jun
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! (564 reviews)
"Beach was great"

Reviewed on 9 May 2021

Villas HM Palapas del Mar
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 £84 per night from 5 Jun to 5 Jun
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! (990 reviews)
"I like the concept of the room."

Reviewed on 14 May 2021

Villas HM Paraiso 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.
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 £89 per night from 20 May to 20 May
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is steps away from Passion Island, Holbox Beach and Punta Coco. Punta Mosquito Beach is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.
4.4/5Excellent! (116 reviews)
"the view i had the room 12 so nice the breakfast it was slow"

Reviewed on 8 Feb 2021

Ensueño Holbox and Beach Club
La Casa del Alux
La Casa del Alux
3 out of 5
Calle Hernan Cortez and Chac Chic, Isla Holbox, QROO
The price is £65 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in the heart of Isla Holbox, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Holbox Church, Holbox Beach and Punta Mosquito Beach. Punta Coco is 2 ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (25 reviews)
Better than expected
"Quiet place and very good standard. Super clean and good location. Near beach and center."

Reviewed on 21 Jan 2020

La Casa del Alux
Casa De Tus Sueños Holbox a Metros de la Playa!
Casa De Tus Sueños Holbox a Metros de la Playa!
Calle Caguama Entre Calle Erizo, Calle Estrella de Mar, Isla Holbox, ROO
Situated near the beach, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Whale Shark Pier, Holbox Beach and Punta Coco. Punta Mosquito Beach is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
Contemporary styled residence
"The property is nice. The three bedrooms are in the main house. The pictures show the casita, but you don't actually have access to it (though we did after we asked about it after the fact). There are three full baths and one half bath in the main house. The water pressure is very low and we actually ..."

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2021

Casa De Tus Sueños Holbox a Metros de la Playa!
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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Reviews of Isla Holbox

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5/5 - Excellent

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2 Dec 2019

Quite a vibrant area food and drink very reasonably priced with a good choice of restaurants

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

18 Oct 2019

Not much to do at this time of the year

4/5 - Good

Polly

25 Jun 2019

Definitely go and get a Roots pizza and try all the seafood you can ( we loved Viva Zapata)! It’s not as cheap as the rest of Mexico (not including Cancun and Tulum etc) so keep that in mind!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Feb 2019

Hip location with a relaxed feel.

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