Isla Holbox Travel

Isla Holbox, has sandy streets, colorful Caribbean buildings, and sand so fine it’s texture is nearly clay. The greenish waters are a unique color from the mixing of ocean currents.  You’ll find a mix of locals and tourists.  Most tourists come here to escape the busy Cancun.

There are no throbbing nightclubs here, and it is beautiful.   It is however, not super peaceful with the buzzing of noisy gasoline-powered golf carts.  You really can away from it all to the more remote beaches either by golf cart or boat.

It’s a fantastic spot for wildlife. Isla Holbox is in the Yum Balam reserve, and is home to more than 150 bird species, including roseate spoonbills, pelicans, herons, ibis and flamingos. In summer, whale sharks congregate nearby.  For more information on the Yucatan Peninsula visit here, or visit all the wonderful beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula.  Now read all about Isla Holbox travel and start planning your beach getaway.

When to Go (Weather)

Most of the year, the temperature ranges from seventy to ninety degrees. The coldest month of the year is January, with low temperatures around sixty-eight and highs up to eighty-four. The hottest month of the year is September, with temps from seventy-three to ninety.  The busiest month is January, followed by February and March.  Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months.  The least expensive month is December.

Entry & Exit Requirements

You’ll need a passport to visit Mexico, plus a tourism card (FMM) that can be issued at any Mexican consulate, border-crossing point, Mexican tourism office, or directly from your airline. FMMs are usually issued free of charge upon arrival. Be sure to hold onto this card for the duration of your trip, as you will need to present it upon departing the country. It’s also a good idea to leave your passport and FMM in a secure location and carry a photocopy of both documents with you at all times.

Getting Around Isla Holbox

By Golf Cart

You can rent a golf cart while visiting Holbox, and this provides you an easy and affordable way to visit many of the nearby attractions. Whether you are wanting to go fishing or eat at one of the delicious restaurants, renting a golf cart is a great choice to make.

By Car Rental

Another great way to travel around Isla Holbox is to rent a car. You can enjoy many benefits when taking advantage of this transportation option. First and foremost, renting a car means you can use it at your own convenience. If you want to visit an attraction for an hour or eight hours, having your own car to transport you will be of the utmost value. Renting a car also tends to be extremely affordable if you have several people helping you pay for the fee.

By Bicycle

Bike rentals are between $1 and $1.50 an hour, and there are daily rates as well.   By bicycle is the best way to explore Isla Holbox.  It is pretty flat, making it easy riding.  The island is also small enough to visit quite a bit by bicycle.  You will also not find a lot of traffic here.

By Boat

The most popular tour on Isla Holbox is the three islands tour, which includes visits to Isla Pajaros, Yalahau to visit a spring-fed swimming hole, and Passion Island for a view of Isla Holbox and the lagoon  From June to September, Isla Holbox is home to hundreds of whale sharks, and a trip to swim with them is unforgettable.

Must See Places

Punta Mosquito Beach, Isla Holbox, Holbox Island, Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo, Isla Holbox beaches, Mexico beaches, Isla Holbox things to do, Isla Holbox restaurants, Isla Holbox NightlifePunta Mosquito Beach

Located in Quintana Roo, 2.1 miles northeast of Downtown Holbox, Punta Mosquito is on the North East edge of Mexico. You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you are staying very close. For a change from the usual crowded beach spots, you should check out Punta Mosquito, a pretty, but less popular part of the coast.

 

Hoyo Negro (Black Hole), Isla Holbox, Holbox Island, Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo, Isla Holbox beaches, Mexico beaches, Isla Holbox things to do, Isla Holbox restaurants, Isla Holbox NightlifeHoyo Negro (Black Hole)

This underwater cave contains human skeletal material believed to be among the oldest human remains discovered in the Americas. Naia  is a 12,000- to 13,000-year-old human skeleton of a teenage female that was found here.

 

 

Pasion Island & Eye Water of Yalahau, Isla Holbox, Holbox Island, Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo, Isla Holbox beaches, Mexico beaches, Isla Holbox things to do, Isla Holbox restaurants, Isla Holbox NightlifePasion Island & Eye Water of Yalahau

A small barren island found 10 minutes by boat from Holbox that insists that you rest in beauty and tranquility. Though small it has inspired stories and fantasies of great adventures. Ideal for enjoying all the privacy that nature can offer. The crystalline waters of Ojo de Agua with it’s opening to the sea is found 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the island and it is only reachable by boat.

 

Punta Coco, Isla Holbox, Holbox Island, Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo, Isla Holbox beaches, Mexico beaches, Isla Holbox things to do, Isla Holbox restaurants, Isla Holbox NightlifePunta Coco

Located on the western edge of the island, Punta Coco is known as one of the best beaches on the island to witness the famed Isla Holbox sunsets.  Punta Coco is tamer than most, and you won’t find any big crowds here.

 

 

 

Things to Do

VIP Holbox Experience, Isla Holbox, Holbox Island, Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo, Isla Holbox beaches, Mexico beaches, Isla Holbox things to do, Isla Holbox restaurants, Isla Holbox NightlifeVIP Holbox Experience

VIP Holbox Experience offers the best tours and activities on Holbox island. They have a professional and highly trained team and the best boats of the island to guarantee a safe and extraordinary experience, in full respect of nature.  For more information call 52-984-875-2107, or visit them on the web at VIP Holbox Experience.

Unexplored Experience, Isla Holbox, Holbox Island, Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo, Isla Holbox beaches, Mexico beaches, Isla Holbox things to do, Isla Holbox restaurants, Isla Holbox NightlifeUnexplored Experience

They are a family owned local business that has lived in the Mexican Caribbean for the past 15 years. They have traveled all over and want to show you the real Unexplored Experience, by taking you to amazing locations far away from crowds.  Their mission is to show you the best and most interesting areas.  You will not regret going on their Excursions!  For more information call 52-984-214-1112, or visit them on the web at Unexplored Experience.

Holbox Kiteboarding School, Isla Holbox, Holbox Island, Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo, Isla Holbox beaches, Mexico beaches, Isla Holbox things to do, Isla Holbox restaurants, Isla Holbox NightlifeHolbox Kiteboarding School

Holbox Kiteboarding School is the only watersport center on the island.  They are open year round.  Their main activity is Kiteboarding, but also do paddle boarding, windsurfing, and wakeboarding.  For more information call 52-984-179-5021, or visit them on the web at Holbox Kiteboarding School.

Holbox Adventure, Isla Holbox, Holbox Island, Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo, Isla Holbox beaches, Mexico beaches, Isla Holbox things to do, Isla Holbox restaurants, Isla Holbox NightlifeHolbox Adventure

Holbox Adventure is a company that provides travel services.  All the services necessary to give you a pleasant stay are available with them.  They’ve been handling touristic services for over 20 years. Licensed and bonded by the proper authority to carry out whatever part of the activity is necessary, contact them and let them be part of your next adventure.  For more information call 52-984-135-6451, or visit them on the web at Holbox Adventure.

Best Rated Restaurants

$-Inexpensive $$-Moderate $$$-Pricey $$$$-Ultra High End

$$-$$$  El Chapulím

El Chapulím doesn’t take reservations, has no menu, and the kitchen closes when the food runs out – usually by 10pm – so you come here for the quirks involved. Food is excellent, and chef Erik comes to your table personally, offering four meal options, usually including some type of fish or seafood creation. Vegetarians must book 24 hours in advance. Cash only. For more information call 52-984-137-6069, or visit them on TripAdvisor at El Chapulím.

$  Las Panchas

Ask just about anyone in town where to go for good, cheap eats and they’ll probably point you to Las Panchas.   You can get delicious Yucatecan antojitos (snacks) such as Chaya (tree spinach) tamales, panuchos and salbutes (fried tortillas with tasty toppings.)  For more information call 52-984-875-2413, or visit them on the web at Las Panchas.

$$  Le Jardin

Very tasty French pastries and morning breakfast selections make this a welcome spot if you’re craving something other than Mexican morning food.  Coffee is delicious as well, and the plumeria and butterfly bordered, airy palapa makes for a comfortable spot to sit and chat with fellow diners.  Kids will love the large toy selection to play with as adults dine.  For more information call 52-984-115-8197, or visit them on the web at Le Jardin.

$$ – $$$  Raices

Don’t let the humble surroundings of this beachfront eatery put you off.  This is some of the best seafood in town.  The coconut lobster is definitely worth a look, and butter and garlic fish is mouthwatering. The seafood platter for two would easily feed a small army, and eating steps away from the lapping waves is priceless.  For more information call 52-984-136-0017, or visit them on the web at Raices.

$$ – $$$  Viva Zapata

You really shouldn’t leave the island without trying the mixed seafood platter here. It’s a wonderful feast usually consisting of grilled lobster tail, fish, crab and other fresh shell fish, or you can opt for the surf-and-turf option. Just off plaza’s northwest end.  For more information call 52-984-875-2362, or visit them on the web at Viva Zapata.

Best Nightlife

Arena Lounge Bar, Isla Holbox, Holbox Island, Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo, Isla Holbox beaches, Mexico beaches, Isla Holbox things to do, Isla Holbox restaurants, Isla Holbox NightlifeArena Lounge Bar

Visit the tallest bar in Holbox, were you will be able to experience the real feeling of being in an island. In its privileged location, you will be surrounded by the sea.   They have a pool for 12 people, ideal to watch the sunset over the sea and the stars.  Enjoy from their list of original cocktails from the bar.  For more information call 52-984-875-2169, or visit them on the web at Arena Lounge Bar.

Raices Beach Club and Marina, Isla Holbox, Holbox Island, Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo, Isla Holbox beaches, Mexico beaches, Isla Holbox things to do, Isla Holbox restaurants, Isla Holbox NightlifeRaices Beach Club and Marina

Raices opens from Noon to Midnight for those who seek the beach, smooth reggae music and a great cocktail. Full moon, torches and a Romantic beachside Lobster Dinner are the perfect scenario for those in seek of Romance. For more information call 52-984-136-0017, or visit them on the web at Raices.

¡Viva Zapata!, Isla Holbox, Holbox Island, Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo, Isla Holbox beaches, Mexico beaches, Isla Holbox things to do, Isla Holbox restaurants, Isla Holbox Nightlife¡Viva Zapata!

The bar is available for all those thirsty early birds seeking for shelter from the sun and a nice Ice Cold Beer. The largest bar on the island is open for serive at 10:00 am, along with lunch and dinner service. You really can’t say that you visited Holbox Island if you didn’t visit Viva Zapata.  For more information call 52-984-875-2362, or visit them on the web at ¡Viva Zapata!.

Tiki Tiki, Isla Holbox, Holbox Island, Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo, Isla Holbox beaches, Mexico beaches, Isla Holbox things to do, Isla Holbox restaurants, Isla Holbox NightlifeTiki Tiki

Built in the traditional “palapa” style of the island, this airy, two-story bar is decorated with unique local and regional handicrafts. It features a relaxing atmosphere with lounge and chill out music, perfect for a drink and an informal gathering. On the second floor, Tiki Tiki offers a view of Holbox’s main square, where locals and visitors enjoy the stress-free atmosphere of this magical Caribbean island.  For more information call 52-984-875-2017, or visit them on the web at Tiki Tiki.

Best Hotels

Beachfront Hotel La Palapa – Adults Only

The Beachfront Hotel La Palapa is a romantic hotel for adults only that is located on Holbox Island in the Yucatan Peninsula, Gulf of Mexico. We offer an incomparable setting with 25 comfortable rooms at literally feet away from the white sandy beach and tourquose water. The Beach Bar with lounge chairs and hammocks allows to relax on the quiet beach.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Beachfront Hotel La Palapa.

Hotel Casa Iguana Holbox

This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Featuring free WiFi, a restaurant and a year-round outdoor pool, Hotel Casa Iguana Holbox offers pet-friendly accommodations in Holbox Island. The hotel has a sun terrace and a private beach area, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar.  Bike rental is available at this hotel and the area is popular for biking. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Beachfront Hotel Casa Iguana Holbox.

Hotel Casa Takywara – Condo Hotel

Situated on a private beach on Holbox Island, this charming traditional house offers spacious accommodation with a kitchen, ceiling fan and free Wi-Fi. All have access to a terrace with wonderful garden and ocean views.  Guests can relax in a hammock on the communal terraces at Hotel Casa Takywara. Each room and suite includes a private bathroom and a seating area with a sofa.  A light breakfast of fresh fruit, bread, butter and jam is delivered to rooms each morning. Tea and coffee are also provided. You can find a range of restaurants within a 10-minute walk.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Hotel Casa Takywara.

Hotel Siesta Holbox

This property is a 12-minute walk from the beach. Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Hotel Siesta Holbox offers accommodations in Holbox Island. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.  Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Hotel Siesta Holbox.

Villas Flamingos

Villas Flamingos is a tropical beachfront property located within the Yum Balam Natural Reserve on Holbox Island, surrounded by the Caribbean Sea. It features a pool and a bar-restaurant which serves a free continental breakfast.  Villas Flamingos has bungalow-style accommodations next to the ocean.  The hotel has scuba diving, kayaking and snorkeling activities for an extra charge. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Villas Flamingos.

28 Comments

  1. Tyler

    This place looks incredible! I would love to hopefully have the chance to visit it one day and come back to your website for all the info I need. 🙂

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      When you do, please let me know and I can help you get the best deal. Thanks for visiting Isla Holbox Travel!

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  2. Anna

    Looks beautiful! I’ve never heard of this island in Mexico – very interesting! This would definitely be a great place to go where its not super busy. And with an easy way to get around, where you don’t have to travel far – thats a bonus! I love exploring 🙂

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes Anna, the perfect destination in Mexico! I hope you can start planning soon, you will have a blast 🙂 Thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com.

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  3. Linda Owen

    Isla Holbox, looks like a wonderful place to visit. I was glad to see the information on credentials that is needed and the suggestion to put them in a safe place and carry a copy. As an older person and not into the nightclub life, this place sounded like it could be quiet and serene. I would have liked to see a price range on the rooms without having to enter times of stay. Definitely would love to check Isla Holbox out!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes Linda, Isla Holbox is quiet.  Much more so than some of the more well known Mexico destinations.  The problem with not putting a date in for hotel prices, is that they vary so much from month to month, depending on if it is high season or low season.  Thank you for visit Isla Holbox Travel.

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  4. BrandonW

    You know, planning a vacation can be extremely overwhelming, and by the time you get done, it makes the travel all the more rewarding.

    Half the battle is knowing where to go, the other half is knowing what to do when you get there. I would like to thank you for laying it out as you did, and guiding us to different selections/options.

    Isla Holbox sounds (and looks) like a lovely place I would love to visit one day!!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Brandon, I am glad you enjoyed and it was helpful for you.  Isla Holbox is beautiful and worth vacationing to.  Thank you for reading!

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  5. DCBinion

    WOW Isla Holbox looks gorgeous! I’m really glad you took the time to put together all this information in a single post!

    I’d never heard of this place before, but reading your article now has seriously picqued my interest.

    Just reading through the different things to do and seeing those images of places to visit makes me wish I was there! Isla Holbox has definitely jumped to the top of my list of places I plan to visit.

    Thanks again for taking the time to put this together!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome, and I am glad you found everything you need to start planning your trip to Isla Holbox.  It is gorgeous and you will enjoy it.  Please let me know if I can help in your planning.  Thanks for reading Isla Holbox Travel!

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  6. Lyndsay

    Wow!! thank you for posting this information about Isla Holbox. I have never heard of this place in Mexico but it looks absolutely gorgeous and if I all I had to worry about was the sound of golf carts, I’d be ok with that. Sounds like a very unique and untouched spot from a tourists overall, not like Cancun. I think on our next trip we will explore the area of Mexico we visit as Cancun and Puerto Vallarta has enough of our money. TIme to see somewhere new and Isla Holbox looks like a great option. Thanks!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Lyndsay and yes, much less untouched and less expensive.  And with all the gorgeous beaches, culture, food, and history.  Can’t be beat for sure 🙂  Thanks for visiting Isla Holbox Travel!

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  7. Steven Cook

    I really enjoyed reading your post regarding Isla Holbox. Just looking at your main picture at the top of the post, makes you want to go, just to see the flamingos.

    I enjoy going to hot sunny beaches, and the Punta Coco one looks absolutely breathtaking. This is definitely one I’m going to have to visit soon.

    Great Post and thanks for sharing.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Steven!  Isla Holbox is definitely worth visiting for sure.  And yes, Punta Coco is gorgeous!  Thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com

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  8. Igor

    Hi, Leahrae!

    Very nice post and a website. You did a great job.
    Great places. I would like to jump there immediately.

    The Caribbean is always attractive.
    Also, you created a great list of other destination.

    Great work. Traveling is a great niche. Pointing great places is a plus.

    There are so many nice places around the world to visit. Your site will definitely help to chose some attractive destinations easier.

    There is a for anyone something to chose.

    Keep up the good work!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Igor for taking the time to comment on my website. I am glad you enjoyed visiting and reading about Isla Holbox Travel. Please visit BeachTravelDestinations.com again!

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  9. EMI

    Wow! that was really a very nice article and information giving. I have never hear of Isla Holbox or even knew where it was.After reading your article and seen all the beautiful pictures, adventure to take and most of all my favorite the Restaurants options. it make my want to go there. Also am really great for you sharing this information with us.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you and yes, great beach destinations are a bit of a passion for me. Glad you enjoyed reading about Isla Holbox Travel!

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  10. Carole Lebrasseur

    Nice article! You make me want to go there. Like the pictures and the way you described all the places! Thanks for sharing this beautiful place with us.
    All the best!
    Caro L.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks Carole and thanks for visiting Isla Holbox Travel. Please come back again when you are ready to start planning!

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  11. Rick

    You said the bicycles are an hourly rate. Is there an all day rate available.

    Ok, what kind of sharks would I be swimming with?

    This sounds like a great vacation spot and it looks absolutely beautiful. Thank you for the review.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Rick and thank you for reading Isla Holbox Travel! Yes, there is a daily rate as well 🙂 Guess I will have to add that in the post! There are whale sharks that are quite a distance (2 hour boat ride) out. Hope I answered your questions, please let me know if you have any other questions 🙂

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  12. Sara

    Do you happen to know the age you have to be to rent there? In the US traveling has been difficult for me and my boyfriend because most hotels require you to be 21 and for all car rentals you need to be 21, too. This place looks amazing though, I’ll have to put it on our list of places to go one day! Thanks for all the information, I’ll definitely be saving this page for later

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You know it depends on the hotel.  Actually you can be 16 at some, but the general age is 18.  I think you and your boyfriend would have a blast on Isla Holbox!

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  13. stefanie

    Oh what a beautiful place to go, makes me realise just what I’m missing out on when I see places like this :). I love birds so this would be ideal for me considering there are 150 species, that’s just crazy!
    Also, I have always wanted to go scuba diving as I have never actually done it properly, just with a pair of googles and holding my breath. That’s why I would love to do something like that black hole excursion as the things you see and find would be awesome.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      With all the birds and the turtles, beautiful beaches, snorkeling and scuba diving, you just can’t go wrong with Isla Holbox. And yes, every vacation to Isla Holbox has to include a trip to the black hole, its stunning!

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  14. Melissa

    This sounds great I think I would be taking advantage of unexplored experiences. That sounds like it could be a lot of fun. And the weather, wow that sounds like it is a pretty good temperature all around. Those waters are a beautiful color. Really makes me want to go. Thank you

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Melissa and thanks for visiting Isla Holbox Travel. The beautiful color of the water is so inviting! And yes, Unexplored Experiences is a great choice! So much to do 🙂

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