Holbox is a small island, located 8 miles off the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula between the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. If you want to spend a day or two far from the crowds, this is the place for you. Candles were replaced with electric light less than 30 years ago and there are no paved streets on the island. Time seems to have its own pace. You come for the remote beaches, breathtaking sunsets, wildlife, and to relax, relax and relax some more!
It takes about 2 and a half hours to get to Chiquila, from where the ferry to Holbox leaves. The ADO bus from Playa del Carmen leaves once a day, at 9:25 am from the terminal on the 5th Avenue and has one connection back from Chiquila to Playa del Carmen at 4.15 pm.
If you go by car you can park it at the ferry port for $50 pesos a day. It takes about 2 and a half hours to get to Chiquila.
There are no cars on the island, only golf carts, which can be rented and are a lot of fun! Make sure to bring your driver’s license if you want to rent one. Most places are easy to reach walking too, or you can take a taxi (which are golf carts too, of course).
What to do
Holbox is an island where you come to lay on the beach, enjoy the island life, the good food and relax. You are always just a few steps from the white sand beach that stretches along its northern shore, and from where you can walk quite far into the shallow waters.
On certain nights, you can even see the ocean glow! Holbox is one of the few places in the world where the magical phenomenon of bioluminescence can be witnessed. Though there is no determined time of the year when it can be seen since it depends on various facts. Cross your fingers and hope you’ll be lucky!
Especially nature lovers will feel like in paradise. Over 150 different bird species inhabit the island, among them pink flamingos, and pelicans. The waters are home to a large variety of marine life, including manta rays and turtles, and it’s a famous destination to swim with whale sharks. You can also swim in a cenote or visit a deserted beach full of pink sea shells!
Where to eat
El Sushi: Fresh seafood and delicious sushi with a Mexican twist.
DiVino: Their lobster pizza is famous throughout all the Peninsula of Yucatan.
La Sirenita: The ultimate local restaurant on the island. Get the best tacos and fresh fish for a really good price!
Where to stay
If you rent a car, Holbox is the perfect destination for a day trip. However, if you prefer staying a night or two, there are plenty of Hotels on the island.
Casa Las Tortugas: This family-run hotel boasts an outdoor pool, hot tub, hammam and stylish hut-style rooms with aircon.
Villas Flamingos: The stylish beach front hotel is probably the most famous hotel on Holbox, known for its iconic round pool and ocean hammocks.