If you’ve never heard of Isla Holbox, well, that’s part of its charm! Located north of the Yucatán Peninsula between the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, Isla Holbox is part of the Yum Balam Nature Reserve. If you want to hang out with friendly locals and chill on the beach with flamingos, this is the place for you. Far from the crowds of Cancún, the tiny island is dotted with dirt roads, laid-back beach bars, and incredible natural beauty. Here’s my review of the island.

Isla Holbox


Why You Should Visit Isla Holbox

While the stunning scenery and laidback island way of life is already reason enough to visit Isla Holbox, one of the main draws is that it is a very much off-the-beaten-path destination. You’ll also find that there are hardly any paved roads, so you’ll be trekking mostly on rocky, dirt streets via golf cart or bike. Additionally, there are only just over a thousand people that call the island home, so there’s definitely small-town feel.

Over the years, most of Mexico’s coastline has become a bit over-developed, so many destinations feel crowded with visiting tourists. Isla Holbox, in contrast, still remains largely underdeveloped. Add in the idyllic beaches, the amazing underwater life, the beautiful street art, and the welcoming feel to the island, and it all comes together to make the perfect vacation destination.

How To Get To Isla Holbox

No matter which direction you’re coming from, you’ll have to get to the port city of Chiquila in order to take the ferry over to Isla Holbox.

*Times are based on Taxi/Private Driver

There are a few different options to arrive to Chiquila.

Holbox Express Ferry

Where to Stay

I would honestly say that there isn’t one bad location on the island to stay on. The island is relatively small, so you can walk to any destination in roughly 15 minutes. I stayed at Tierra Mia Boutique Hotel. It was centrally located and definitely a hotel I would stay at again. Here are a few other hotels I would recommend:

Aldea Kuká

Hotel Mawimbi

Casa Las Tortugas

These hotels are some of the more popular options on the island. Pricing truly varies depending on the time of the year in which it is booked.

Tierra Mia Boutique Hotel

Top 11 Things To Do In Isla Holbox

Holbox, Mexico is definitely a place where you can find yourself losing track of time while laying on a beach hammock. But if you’re wanting to be a little more active while on the island, here are a list of 11 things you can do!

Best Restaurants in Holbox

While I could go on and on about all the fantastic restaurants on Isla Holbox, here are just a few of  my personal favorites that stood out!

Lobster Pizza at Roots

All in all, Isla Holbox is a fantastic option for those looking for an off the beaten path destination to visit. Its beauty and its charm places it in a category of its own and I will most certainly be back again!


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