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Sunset at Isla Holbox

Mexico | Isla Holbox – the little paradise

With me being an island bum, I can’t not tell you about Isla Holbox. This bounty island, is located on the half island Yucatan, on the east coast of Mexico.
It was one of the highlights of my trip through Yucatan! It’s a nature paradise with crisp white beaches, turquoise waters and no cars nor concrete streets – Bare foot is the way to go!

How to get to Isla Holbox

Going from Cancun to Isla Holbox is the easiest with the option of the bus, other options are your own car or plane. ADO is the public transport with aircon and a good schedule! If you are a bit more adventurous go for the Camigo.

Here you can check the times when the busses are leaving! They go everywhere! I never booked it through the website but at the ADO salespoints in the terminals. This worked perfectly and if you want to be on the safe side, go there a day or two before you leave to a different city.

Going with ADO you make a stop inbetween Chiquilá, before you go onto the ferry to Isla Holbox.

*Prices in Pesos

There are two companies running the ferries from Chiquilá to Holbox and viceversa. They are 9 Hermanos and Holbox Express. Their prices are identical and the crossing takes about 30 minutes and costs about 80 pesos.

Where to stay

Isla Holbox has every option open from hostel to chic hotel, and you can make your pick! I stayed close to the beach at La Chaya, a budget hotel. However my standard was to have a clean bed, a working shower and not to spend too much, since diving on Isla Mujeres still needed to be done.

Where to eat

  • The BEST food you can find on the island is with Leo at the beach, the little “restaurant” is called El Changarrito. If you order the fish there, it’s freshly caught and brought in the morning by the fishers and you pick the one you’d like. The Ceviche is perfect and I went back every day!
  • Coconuts: right from the wagen on the beach
  • my favorite bar on Isla Holbox was the Hot Corner, near the “center” of Isla Holbox and you get great cocktails here

What to do

Isla Holbox is just a tiny island, although has much to offer, loads of activities.

  • Go to a yoga class and greet the sun!
  • Whale watching, the gorgeous Whale Sharks come to feed from June till September
  • Kayaking through lagoons
  • Birdwatching
  • learn how to kite surf, or rent equipment
  • Spas
  • and much more
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Want to know more about Mexico:
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