Isla Holbox

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Isla Holbox featuring a marina and tropical scenes

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.

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 AU$266 per night from 8 Feb. to 9 Feb.
Nestled on the beach, this Isla Holbox hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Holbox Church and Holbox Beach. Punta Mosquito Beach is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.
4.3/5 Excellent! (990 reviews)
"No free shuttle service to airport No dollars to paso exchange at hotel Overall I would stay again and be more prepare"

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2022

Villas HM Paraiso del Mar
Holbox Dream Beach Front Hotel
Holbox Dream Beach Front Hotel
3 out of 5
Av Pedro Joaquin Codwell Zona, Isla Holbox, QROO
The price is AU$267 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
Nestled on the beach, this Isla Holbox hotel is just steps away from Main Square and Holbox Beach. Punta Mosquito Beach is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) away.
4.3/5 Excellent! (516 reviews)
"This was my 3rd stay here and some things changed, mostly more the better, especially Wifi service availability. I am however, very disappointed that a room for 3 came only with one tiny bottle of water when water is a life necessity, especially in the heat. If you wanted more, you could buy it "during" ..."

Reviewed on 10 Dec. 2021

Holbox Dream Beach Front Hotel
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 AU$397 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
Nestled on the beach, this Isla Holbox hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Holbox Church and Holbox Beach. Punta Mosquito Beach is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.
4.4/5 Wonderful! (652 reviews)
"Couldn’t have had a better stay with my family. The property also catered to couples or singles working (from the pool!). Staff, quality of food, service and the rooms themselves were all 5 star. TIP: Be sure to request a room on the inside of the property vs the outside. Much quieter and more beautiful! ..."

Reviewed on 21 Jan. 2022

Villas HM Palapas 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.
Deluxe Apartments Holbox
Deluxe Apartments Holbox
3.5 out of 5
C/Erizo Esquina Pedro Joaquin Coldwell, Isla Holbox, QROO
The price is AU$190 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
Situated in Isla Holbox, this beach aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Whale Shark Pier and Holbox Beach. Punta Mosquito Beach is 2.1 mi (3.5 km) away.
3.8/5 Good! (40 reviews)
good place to stay.
"Great Team. They tried to please us all the time and went above and beyond on their duties."

Reviewed on 11 Jan. 2021

Deluxe Apartments Holbox
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 AU$284 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Punta Coco and Holbox Beach. Punta Mosquito Beach is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.
4.4/5 Excellent! (139 reviews)
"Location is very relaxing and property is very well kept. Very unique design. Like a tropical getaway."

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2021

Ensueño Holbox and Beach Club
La Casa del Alux - Adults Only
La Casa del Alux - Adults Only
3 out of 5
Calle Hernan Cortez and Chac Chic, Isla Holbox, QROO
Located in the heart of Isla Holbox, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Holbox Church and Holbox Beach. Punta Mosquito Beach is 1.2 mi (2 km) ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (32 reviews)
"The place was roomy and had all the amenties we needed. We appreciated the outdoor sitting area with hammock for lazy afternoons. It was down a very quiet street too. Also appreciated the wifi. The shower pressure was the only downfall."

Reviewed on 16 Nov. 2021

La Casa del Alux - Adults Only
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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