Holbox Island, located in Mexico’s largest ecological reserve, Yum Balam (no biggie) has been getting quite the buzz in the last few years. I first heard of the existence of this paradise back in 2017 and since then have heard “Holbox” pop up in travel conversations since. It was on my radar, the island was calling and I’m beyond elated that I finally answered.
Holbox is absolutley worth visiting and despite the amount of tourism already coming from all corners of the world (so I recommend you visit sooner rather than later), it’s still one of Mexico’s best kept secret.
As many who visit can personally attest to; you book a stay in Holbox for 3-4 days and find yourself staying for a week or even longer. The laid back vibes and almost car-less unpaved island which locals have worked hard to keep untouched by corporate businesses will give tourists of any budget exactly what they are looking for.
Let Isla Holbox welcome you too and use my travel guide below to learn how to get to Holbox, where to stay, eat and what to do in this untouched and truly unique beach town.
or click HERE or the images below to access the guide via Canva.
Paradise In Isla HolboxDESTINATION: DURATION OF STAY:7 Days / 6 Nights1. Cancun to Chiquila -Head to the Central Bus Station of Cancun. ADOoffers 1 bus a day that leaves at 9 am and is a 2hour journey. ($289 MXN per person)Alternatively, you can grab a small van in theparking lot of “Soriana Super” across from thestation. Last collectivo leaves at 6:30pm and lasts 3hours. ($250 MXN per person)2. Chiquila to Holbox -20 minute ferry that leaves mostly every 1/2 houruntil 9:30pm. ($200 MXN per person)Bioluminescence at Punta Cocos. Click HERE to seehow to visit without a tour.Walk sandbanks to Punta Mosquito where inseason (April to October) you can see the wildflamingos. (Bring snacks and find the perfectnook along the beach to claim as your own littlepiece of paradise)Kayak tour visiting the Mangroves.Bike around the town and enjoy the street art.Beachside massages. The Mayan massage is $1,500for 2 people which includes a 70 min massage &organic facial.Catch the beautiful sunset either in Punto Cocosor near Hotel Zomay.HOW TO GET THERE:Girl Takes Mundo Travel GuideSEE MORE TRIP ITINERARIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD AT GIRLTAKESMUNDO.COMCOPYRIGHT PROTECTEDHolbox, MexicoACCOMMODATION:Holbox has your pick of accommodations options tofit every travel style & budget.We picked Tribu for our stay based on theirlocation to the beach/town and social vibes.Perks of staying here include daily guesttrip/activities, bike rentals on site, restaurant/baroffering happy hour and FREE morning yoga.DO: EAT:Las Panchas-Best spot for seafood on the island.(Open until seafood runs out.)Roots-Try their shrimp zucchini or lobster pizzaand house tequila/mezcal.Town Market-It’s a MUST to taste the carnitasfrom “Carnitas Thaily”. (The cook is a sweetheart.)Clandestino-Best coffee house on the island.Mahi-Upscale but totally worth the small pricefor their fish tacos.Arte Sano-Delicious vegetarian/vegan restaurantopen for breakfast and lunch.Las Empa Holbox-Tasty Argentinian empanadas.La Gelateria De Holbox-Try their Holbox flavorice cream (Vanilla, honey & charcoal)Tribu – You will find live music and nightlyactivities in this lively bar including a 2×1 happyhour deal from 7-9p every night on selectcocktails.Hot Corner – While there is a bar here called, “TheHot Corner” just outside this bar is where localsand tourist alike meet to dance/drink in thestreet till wee hours of the nightZomay Hotel – Their Beach Bar is the best place tocatch the sunset near the main area of Holbox. (Ifstaying at Tribu you get a 10% discount ondrinks and food here.)PARTY: TIPS:Mobile – Wifi is weak in the island and there isonly 3G data so keep this in mind if you need tostay connected.Bartering – Thankfully for visitors, most priceshave been standardized in Holbox makingbartering unneeded for massages, taxis, tours, etc.Money – Holbox is still mostly a cash only islandso be sure to bring enough for your time here asATM’s here can be unreliable due to signals here.ATM – Most ATMs only dispense USD which I seeas sneaky since you then have to go to one of thelocal money exchanges to turn your money topesos. The ATM at “Alcaldia Holbox” in front of thepark is hidden on the second floor and this onedoes dispense money in MXN.