When we think about Mexico our mind go straight to Holbox and its beautiful sea. Here you can find a list of a few things you should do in Holbox. This little island is located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, exactly on the north coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. Less famous than Isla Mujeres or Chetumal, Holbox has nothing to envy to them.
Holbox is the perfect mix of relaxation, great weather, and bohemian beauty. It is another little corner of paradise in one of the most beautiful country we have visited, Mexico.
HOW TO GET THERE
Holbox is located north of Cancun right at the top of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is super easy to reach the island from Cancun with only public transportation. All you have to do is reaching Chiquila and from there take a ferry across to the island.
ADO, Mexico’s main bus network, offers buses from Cancun main station to Chiquila. The journey takes around three and a half hours.
From Chiquila’s bus terminal walk just a few meters to reach the ferry port. There are two main companies operating between Chiquila and Holbox. Tickets for the Holbox ferry cost 150 MXN per person. The ferries start at 5am and finish around 8.30pm.
3 THINGS YOU SHOULD DO IN HOLBOX
Pro Tip: People next to the main dock offer a private service to reach the island with their own little boats. The same price, so much faster.
Holbox with its carefree vibes and unpaved sandy streets looked like paradise to us. Check out our short list of things to do in Holbox and enjoy this beautiful island.
EXPLORE THE NATURE
Don’t miss to explore Punta Mosquito and Punta Coco. These are the two main attractions in Holbox and we think both are a must do on the island.
Punta Mosquito is located in the north part of the island and it is where the waters of the reserve meet the sea. The only way to reach this point is to get up early, take advantage of the low tide and walk on a long sandbar that crosses through the ocean.
Pro Tip: starting early is necessary, especially if you are taking your camera and phone with you. We heard of people who had to swim back because the tide was raising up so fast.
The overall walk is about one hour and a half starting from the hotel area. Depending on how many stops you take and how fast you go. During the way, you will find beautiful birds, seashells and wild animals.
Important Note: Do NOT cross the river, crocodiles have been seen in the area.
Punta Coco is situated on the other side of the island. Exactly in the western edge. Most of the people go there to see the sunset and the view from there is just spectacular.
It takes one hour to reach Punta Coco, during the walk you will find several places with swings and hammocks were to snap beautiful pictures. It is also possible to rent a bike to reach Punta Coco but we preferred to walk.
WALK AROUND AND GET LOST
You don ‘t need to pack any hiking boots or running shoes your bare feet are enough to discover all the island. We walked as much as possible and we got lost several times. Holbox is a place where you can take relaxing very seriously, so lost the path wasn’t a problem. Wandering around was our main occupation in Holbox and it was wonderful.
WATCH EVERY SINGLE SUNSET
Sunset in Holbox is a religion, every night it becomes the hottest show in town.
Punta Coco is the most iconic spot on the island but we saw our favorite sunset on the main dock. Grab a beer from a shop and sit down on the dock, you will be able to see the sunset on one side and the moon to the other side. If you will ever get hungry some street vendors sell delicacy in the area.
EXTRA INFO AND TIPS:
- Buses from and to Hotbox can be one per day. Check out ADO website and plan your trip carefully.
- There is just one ATM on the island where you can get pesos. Came prepared.
- Bring mosquito repellent and sunscreen with you. Very important!
- Be aware of tours about flamingos, whales, sharks, and bioluminescence. All these attractions are visible only in a specific period of the year.
- What you will probably visit is 1/3 of the whole island. Its name is Isla Chica
- You don’t need to find fancy restaurants. Just head to Holbox’s main square in the evening and you’ll see several street vendors offering amazing food. From salty to sweet delicacy.
- There are several spots on the island where you can take the famous picture with the hammock. Walk around and find them all.
- In October 2018 Holbox became the first Island to ban single-use plastics.
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