Isla Holbox Travel Guide

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Isla Holbox Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beauty, few tourists, not yet commercialized 

  • Con
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     Bugs, little bugs, big bugs, medium bugs....everywhere bugs! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Low and slow 

Isla Holbox Things to Do

  • Experiencing the streets paved with...

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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!

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  • RELAXATION

    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.

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  • Whale-shark-watching

    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.

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  • Fishing

    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!

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Isla Holbox Hotels

Isla Holbox Restaurants

  • Zarabanda

    What would be more local on a little fishing village island than seafood? This little restaurant we found to have a nice atmosphere, friendly staff and good food! Lobster is 165 pesos (right now that is around 16.50 USD. There are other great dishes too. We ate here several times. The beer choice is limited but 13 pesos each...you cant beat that!

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  • MEXICAN TO MAYAN COMIDA(FOOD)

    RIGHT IN THE CENTER OF HOLBOX THEIR IS A PARK AND THEIR IS ALOT OF PLACES WHICH WE CALL PUESTOS THAT YOU CAN BUY EXTREMELY CHEAP GOOD FOOD. LIKE BURRITAS, TORTAS CUBANAS, CHALUPITAS(MY FAVORITE) TACOS, PAPITAS, CHURROS, HELADO ANYTHING. MY FAVORITE DISH IS THE COCO ICE CREAM YUMMMMMMMMMM I CAN EAT THAT EVERY DAY

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  • FRESH SEAFOOD

    GREAT SEA FOOD. FROM LANGOSTA, CAMARON, PURPE, PESCADO, PAMPANO, RALLA ETC. ANYTHING THAT U CAN THINK ABOUT THEY HAVE IT, MY FAVORITE DISH IS PESCADO PAMPANO BECAUSE ITS BONELESS AND IT COMES RICE AND BEANS IN THE SIDE.

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Isla Holbox Nightlife

  • DIsco in paradise

    You wouldnt think that a town with approx. 5000 inhabitants and a minimal number of tourists would have a disco. But they do! I wouldnt really call it a disco, more like "the place to be on Sat. night", or so everyone on the island thinks.We were surprised, I think every inhabitant of the isla at least makes a showing on Sat. night here. It was...

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  • Walk around at night

    Isla Holbox is so peaceful, that you can just walk safely during the day at night. One night, I joined some fellow guests on the pension and together we walked at the beach at night. The water looked beautiful, much as you would expect in this type of setting.

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Isla Holbox Transportation

  • Getting to Isla Holbox on a Budget ...

    Getting to Isla Holbox is a time consuming experience but not as difficult as it seems, and of course the end result is well worth any effort! The best way to get to Isla Holbox from the Cancun Airport on a budget is to take the airport bus to the Cancun bus station. The airport bus runs about every 30 minutes and takes about 40 mins to get to the...

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  • Bus from Chiquila to Cancun

    The buses from Cancun to Chiquila leave at 7:50am, 12:40pm, and 1:30pm. The first two are Mayab, and the third is Noreste. The cost is 74 pesos.The buses from Chiquila to Cancun leave at 5:30am, 7:30am, and 1:30pm. The cost is 74 pesos, and they will either be Mayab or Noreste buses.The duration of the trip is about 3 to 3.5 hours depending on the...

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  • New Shortcut to Holbox 2 hrs from Cancun...

    Just a fast note: It now takes only 2 hours to go from Cancun Airport to Chiquila. HOW? Follow these directions: Leave the Airport & when you reach the main hwy 307 GO South toward Tulum & Playa Del Carmen. Pay close attention because you're only on this for about 1 mile. Keep a "Lookout" for the sign that says "MERIDA CUOTA" Go to the exit...

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Isla Holbox Local Customs

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    by holboxroddrigo Written Jan 29, 2008

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    If you cannot find the answer you're looking for you might want to contact Holbox's newly Appointed Director Of Tourism & Development for the USA & Canada. I'm Roddrigo Sidney. I've lived on Holbox for 7 years...Know everybody, when, when, where. Married to a local Mayan Gal, Melba & have 1 daughter Zelmi. I can help w/ answers on transportation to/from Holbox. Hotel Reco's, Hot information on the Best WHALE SHARK TOURS, Restaurants, Real Estate....You name it! Let me HELP YOU!

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Isla Holbox Warnings and Dangers

  • ROAD to HOLBOX is NOW DONE!!! 2007...

    Just a fast note: It now takes only 2 hours to go from Cancun Airport to Chiquila. HOW? Follow these directions: Leave the Airport & when you reach the main hwy 307 GO South toward Tulum & Playa Del Carmen. Pay close attention because you're only on this for about 1 mile. Keep a "Lookout" for the sign that says "MERIDA CUOTA" Go to the exit...

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  • Cambio!!!!!

    Make sure you have enough pesos before taking the bus to Chaquila,this is te town where you catch the ferry to Isla Holbox. Do your exchange in Cancun or Merida. Once you take the ferry to the Island the are no cash machines and only two guys will exchange Euro's and US dollars to a exchange rate that is horrific to say the least. Also put enough...

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  • Road conditions

    The road to Chiquila and in Holbox have not been repaired after last year's hurricane. Currently the area is experiencing heavy rain, causing major flooding and impassible roads. The flooding is also creating swarms of mosquitoes, 24 hours a day.

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Isla Holbox What to Pack

  • Mosquito Repellent

    Buy the mosquito repellent ON the island. They have a special one for the species on this island. It works better than the ones from back home! There is NO bank on Isla Holbox and NO ATMs. Even exchanging money can be a hassle and sometimes not possible. Bring Mexican Pesos or U.S.D., nothing else works. Many businesses do not accept credit...

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  • Plastic, Ziplock Bags

    There are shells, more shells, and a few more shells and pieces of dead coral that wash onto the beach. I can never resist picking a few up to take home with me. Plastic ziplock bags are a great for this. *Occassionaly there are creatures living in the shells closest to the water. Make sure "no one is home" before you take a shell. If someone is...

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  • Pack light--why not?

    I would pack light when going to this isla. The travelling to get there is the hardest thing. Then getting a taxi back to take the ferry out of town can sometimes be hard to do, and you may have to tote your bags. Especially Sunday morning. It is generally warm on this island, pack shorts mostly, but light pants and light long sleeve shirt may be...

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Isla Holbox Off The Beaten Path

  • Swimming with Whalesharks

    Somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico i got the chance to swim with whalesharks. A whaleshark is not really a whale but the biggest shark that exists. They are harmless and only eat plankton but you can be swallowed by it because of the largeness of their mouth. (I was told that they will spit you out immediately.) The whaleshark is still not a well...

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  • Swimming with whalesharks

    This is how a whaleshark looks like..we did not bring a underwatercamera, we were also to busy in the water to take some pictures..(So this close-up is somebody's else that I found on the internet). There were several whalesharks swimming around us and also a really huge mantaray.

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  • Swimming with whalesharks

    Our captain took some pictures when we were in the water swimming with the whalesharks. Whalesharks sightings are very rare despite their huge size. They swim just under the water surface and mostly in the very deep and open ocean. There are only very few places were they visit the more shallow waters and if they do so it is usually near a big...

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Isla Holbox Sports & Outdoors

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    by darthmilmo Written Mar 6, 2003

    Try your luck at some night fishing in the pier... no equipment needed, just buy some line and get some lures... we didn't had any luck, but we still saw some huge fish near the pier. The fish were probably in this area to eat all the leftovers from the fisherman who dock their boat in this area.

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Isla Holbox Favorites

  • The day time stood still

    My favorite thing of Isla Holbox is that while one is in this island, time sits at a standstill. As a fellow backpacker pointed out, time in Isla Holbox revolves around relaxation and rest: you take a siesta and then eat; you take another siesta and then go out for a swim; you take another siesta and then go on a boat trip; you take a siesta and...

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  • Solitude in Isla Holbox

    Isla Holbox is unpaved and simple. Depending on what time of the year you go, you may just find yourself being the only one there. Both of these qualities make for an out of this world experience. It's awesome the way locals co-exist with nature.

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