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 money aside for your ferry ride back to Chaquila and the bus from Chaquila to your next destination. Ferry rides are 40 pesos one way.
This island is riddled with bugs. Even if you think you dont need bug spray on because you dont see them, lather it on! They come out of nowhere, you may not feel them or see them, but you will see their damage from the feasting a few days later.
It isnt just the misquitos either....
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 RIGHT........... Follow this 2 lane access to the Autopista until just past MILEPOST "294" then look for a hut/restaurant on the Right side. You'll see a guy standing there & for 10 Pesos he'll drop the rope & you can follow the little road through the jungle for about 2 miles. At the end of this you'll deadend on Lopez Portillo Blvd OUTSIDE of Cancun...( You've just bypassed ALL of Cancun, its Bribery eating Policemen, traffic, hustlers etc etc..You are now on Hwy 180 going WEST Towatrd Merida. Shortly you'll see a Big overhead Highway sign that says MERIDA CUOTA, or MERIDA LIBRE STAY to the right or strainght on the LIBRE (FREE ROAD) If you go left up & over the bridge you're locked on the TOLL-ROAD For 50 + miles!!!! Continue West on Hwy 180 LIBRE you'll start seeing the NEW Highway signs on the side of the road that say ISLA HOLBOX Continue west to just past MILEPOST 262...At the First Speed-bump (TOPES) Then Right...Its a Brand New Asphalt Road..Follow it through 2 little towns First is ESPERANZA (These poor folk have only 1 industry....they make CHARCOAL !!!...Buy something in the local store Foods or Drink etc) Continue to San Pedro.Just after San Pedro the road deadends...GO RIGHT........Follow the road to & through Kantunilkin........Just outside Kantunilkin the Road is NEW & WIDE With White stripes etc.........Its better than the TollRoad the rest of the way to Chiquila (45 Km north of Kantunilkin) How do I know? I live on Holbox & I'm the New Director of Tourism & Development for the USA & CANADA....Anything you want to know about Holbox I have the answer. BEST Hotels, Restaurants, WhaleSharks etc .........contact me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
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.