Experiencing the streets paved with sand....
Although its difficult to get tired of the beautiful beaches of Isla Hobox eventually the sun is going to set and it will be time to think about what to do next. In my opnion the next best thing about Isla Holbox is their wonderful small town where the streets are paved with sand. Your feet will not feel the difference as you leave the beach and head down the streets to the town. All streets eventually lead to the town square where all the action and best places to eat reside. Town square is highlight by a basketball court where there is always a game in progress and a egg shaped stage. There are food vendors that start surrounding the square at dusk and offer affordable food options. The more expensive place to eat are located just across the street from the main square and offer delectable fresh seafood menu options. There are a few places to buy souvenier and several ATM options as well.
The Beaches of Isla Holbox
During the planning process of my visit to Isla Holbox the biggest concern I had was the quality of the beaches and strangely enough I was never able to find much information about it. So hopefully this review will help anyone with the same questions that I had about the beaches. When visiting Isla Holbox its important to keep in mind that its not a place that has been ruined by big resorts, however it also means if your looking for well manicured beaches than Isla Holbox is not you. At resorts the beaches are well tended, raked, and often times they bring in sand to increase the depth of the beach, but in Isla Holbox everything is natural as are the beaches. This means that the beaches are not always perfectly clean or raked and often, depending on the winds, filled with seaweed. However when the winds are blowing away from the shoreline the beaches are clean, beautiful, and the fine white sand feels magical between your toes.
The best part of the beaches is the fact that they are relatively empty and you are more likely to have the birds for company than people. The beaches also stretch for miles on end and seashells dot the sand like sprinkles on a cupcake. The water is warm and almost perfectly calm, in many places the water is ankle deep for hundreds of yards from the shoreline. Having visited beaches all over the world I can safely say the beaches of Isla Holbox stand out as my favorite and the most memorable. Its worth the visit, so bring your towel, sunscreen, and plan on staying awhile...you will not want to leave.
Isla de la Pasion / Bird Island
The locals call it Isla de la Pasion but for the tourists sake they refer to it as Bird Island and in a way its a combination of both. For those who have a passion for seeing birds in the wild this is the island for you. Though it really a rather small island where you will see pelicans and other birds that I can't identify nesting in the wild and in the water. The locals will offer you a tour to the island by boat but its rather expensive and why pay for what you can see for free? If you have a couple hours you can walk to the island, well at one point you will have to swim just a little bit...it is an island after all. Just walk down the beach headed west and follow the shorelines as it curves around the island. You will pass a picturesque board walk and then you will come upon a inlet with a small lake. The water is shallow enough that you can wade across to the other side. I recommend doing this on a sunny day so you can see where the water is most shallow. Once you cross to the other side keep following the shoreline for another five to ten minutes and you will see Isla de la Pasion and all its many birds. Its an easy 100 yard swim across the shallow waters to get to the island where you can enjoy the birds and a small private beach as well. A very pleasant way to spend a afternoon.
Navigating into a Endless Horizon....
The highlight of Isla Holbox to me was not the quiet beaches, or the laidback atmosphere, it was the amazingly calm and shallow waters that seemed to stretch endlessly into the horizon. In a certain part of the island at a certain time of the day the waters of Isla Holbox recede to the point where you can walk in ankle deep waters towards white sandbars that appear magically in the distance. The sandbars are like small private islands in the middle of the clear warm waters, and while they may only exsist for an hour or so before the waters take back what theirs, its worth the experience. The water is so shallow that I could lie down in the water without my face going underwater. At one point I walked so far out into the shallow waters that I lost track of the shoreline and could only see the aquamarine water up against the endless blue sky. It was like coming upon the worlds end. The best way to experience this wonder is in the morning, the waters are the most shallow between 8 and 12 in morning, after that the waters will begin to rise and the sandbars will dissolve back into the water. The best part of the island to experience this is on the north eastern end. Follow the beach as far east as you can and then cut in between the hotels to get to the beach road and follow it east until it ends and turns back into the shoreline. From there you can walk out in to the ankle deep waters towards the sandbars and the endless horizon. Enjoy!
Viewing the Sunset
The best way to end another day in paradise is to take in a fiery red sunset on the beach. The best views of the sunset are on the western end of the beach, just follow the flow of tourists who will be making their way to the best spots on the beach to take in the views. I would recommend staking out a spot about a half hour before the sun slides into the horizon as its worth seeing the sky turn a blood orange red against the calm waters of Isla Holbox. During my last week long visit I didn't miss one sunset, its part of the Isla Holbox experience, so grab a cold drink and enjoy the show!
The favorite pastime on Isla Holbox is "RELAXATION". Explore the 7 mile long Gulf of Mexico beach with its white sands & crystal clear turquoise greenish warm waters. The Gulf of Mexico gently rolls in quite unlike the dangerous Caribbean with its undertows & sometimes monster waves.
BIG TIME "Game Fishing" is close at hand where the local skippers who know "Where The Action" is will take you to Cabo Catoche just a short distance from Isla Holbox. This is where the currents from the Gulf Of Mexico & Caribbean actually meet, bringing with them.... PHENOMENAL FISHING!
Rent a golf cart
Ok, it's not the most exciting experience that you'll have in your life, but still it's fun
to cruise around the island with one of these babies. The island is rather small so you might
get lucky and discover some remote stretch of beach where you can hang out.
We had fun cruising around on the island.
YALAHAU IS THE EYE OF WATER, IS A CRYSTAL CLEAR FRESH WATER. GREAT PLACE TO GO SWIMMING IN THE WILDERNES. ITS'S ACTUALLY ONE OF MY FAVORITES PLACES TO GO WITH MY FRIENDS AND COUSINS AND JUST HANG OUT........
TO GET TO PUNTA MOSQUITO YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO TO SWIM ACROSS THE OCEAN TO GET TO THE SHALLOW PART AND THEN WALK IT ALL THE WAY DOWN. IT TAKES ABOUT 2-3 HOURS WALKING IT. IN ORDER TO THIS THEIR HAS TO BE SUNLIGHT SO YOU CAN SEE THE WAY TO IT BY THE COLOR OF THE WATER. WHEN I DID IT WITH MY COUSIN IT WAS PRETTY EXHAUSTING, BUT I FOUND THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY SHELLS. IT IS DANGEROUS DOING IT WHEN THEIR IS NO SUNLIGHT BECUASE IN OUR WAY BACK THEIR WAS NO SUNLIGHT SO WE COULDNT TELL WHICH DIRECTION TO GO. WHICH MEANS WE COULD'VE FALLEN INTO THE DEEP THANKFULLY WE DIDNT BECAUSE A BOAT PASSED BY AND GAVED US A RIDE. IF THE BOAT WOULDNT APPEAR WE WOULD HAVE TO SWIM INTO THE DEEP OCEAN FOR HOURS........
THIS A NIGHTCLUB. GOOD MUSIC AND SOMETIMES PIE DESNUDO PLAYS GREAT BAND. THEY ARE MY ULTIMATE FAVORITE BAND. LOVE THEM TO DEATH. TYPE OF MUSIC SALSA, LOTS OF CUMBIA, REGGEA, ROCK ESPANOL AND MUCH MORE...........
The outer parts of Isla Holbox offer a home to thousand of red flamingos and other seabirds,,, some local friends told us that it is much fun to spy on these birds from the seaside...you jump in the water and must go on all fours so that you can get really really close without scaring them...
Swim in the Gulf of Mexico
I quickly ventured to the beach for a swim in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. I literally walked over 100 meters into the Gulf of Mexico. During the whole time, the water wasn't deeper then my waist :). To illustrate how far from the shore I went, just picture seeing a pelican dipping into the water between me and the beech :). Yeap, there was plenty of time for fish to just swim back through were I passed only later to been the meal of the hungry Pelican. Life's tough, what can I say :).
- Water Sports
- Family Travel
walk the beaches and watch the sun set
As the sun sets everyone goes out and celebrates the sunset, fire juggleing, sounding conchs, dancing, incredible!! I lost my pictures but they will be in my thoughts forever!
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Hiking and Walking
Free Swim with the oceans LARGEST Fish.....The WHALE SHARK. These harmless peaceful creatures visit Holbox Island every May-September. Tours operated by licensed Government guides.