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.
Isla Holbox Weather – When to Visit
The best time to visit the island of Isla Holbox in Mexico is from January thru December, when you will have warm temperatures and minimal rainfall. The highest average temperature on Isla Holbox is 90°F in July and the lowest is 80°F in January. The water temperature is between 75°F and 82°F.
Isla Holbox Attractions
Punta 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)
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
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.
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.
Located 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.
Isla Holbox Tours & Activities
Whale Shark and Snorkeling Adventure from Isla Holbox
Snorkel alongside docile whale sharks during this eco-adventure on Isla Holbox. With your local guides, board a boat and set off in search of these gentle giants, keeping a lookout for other species like giant manta rays and sea turtles as you cruise. Slip into the water in pairs with a knowledgeable guide and swim with the world’s largest fish, which can grow up to 45 feet (14 meters) long. On the way back to shore, stop near Cabo Catoche to snorkel the ‘cuevones’ reef. Continue to Santa Paula to go swimming and enjoy freshly caught ceviche before returning to Holbox. Use of all equipment, breakfast and snacks are included. Read more about Isla Holbox Whale Shark and Snorkeling Adventure
Private Isla Pajaros, Passion Island and Swimming in Yalahau from Isla Holbox
Take a boat tour to Passion Island, Isla Pajaros and Yalahau Spring from Isla Holbox. On this guided excursion, view over 35 species of nesting birds on Isla Pajaros (Bird Island), including frigates and pelicans. Hear about the birds’ migration patterns and breeding breeding behaviors from your bird-loving local guide. Continue to Passion Island to see the resident flamingos, then swim in the cenote (freshwater sinkhole) at Yalahau. Round-trip transportation from Isla Holbox hotels is included. Read more about Isla Pajaros, Passion Island, Yalahau Tour
Kayaking Tour Through the Mangroves in Isla Holbox
Kayak through the mangrove swamps of Isla Holbox during this 3-hour morning tour. Under the watchful eye of your professional kayaking guide, slip into your double kayak and paddle off through the shallow, calm water. Paddle through the forest, alive with the sounds of coastal wading birds. Listen to commentary from your guide as you keep an eye out for flamingos and alligators sunning themselves on the banks of the channels. Total time kayaking is 1.5 hours. Round-trip transportation from Isla Holbox and bottled water are included. Read more about Isla Holbox Mangrove Forest 3-Hour Kayaking Tour
Experience the bioluminescence phenomenon during your time in Quintana Roo during this evening adventure. Choose between a paddleboard or kayak and travel through the glowing microorganisms to a sandbar where other arts and crafts activities await. Learn about this natural phenomenon from your guide as well as the flora and fauna of the region. National park fees and round-trip hotel transfers from selected hotels are included. Read more about Bioluminescence
Private Fishing Tour
Fish in the waters off Isla Holbox during this 4-hour private tour. With a local captain on board, you’ll get an inside track on the best fishing spots and get as much or as little guidance as you like. Cast a line for fish like grouper, Blonde, Chac Chi, Mojarra and sea bass with only 3 other passengers, ensuring that you receive personalized attention and don’t feel crowded. Back on land, bring your catch to a local restaurant and learn the best way to prepare it while snacking on fresh ceviche. Use of all fishing equipment is included. Read more about Isla Holbox Private Fishing Tour
Best Isla Holbox Restaurants
El Chapulím $11 – 30
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. Telephone: 52-984-137-6069 Web: El Chapulím.
Las Panchas Under $10
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.) Telephone: 52-984-875-2413 Web: Las Panchas.
Le Jardin $11 – 30
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. Telephone: 52-984-115-8197 Web: Le Jardin.
Raices $11 – 30
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. Telephone: 52-984-136-0017 Web: Raices.
Viva Zapata $11 – 30
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. Telephone: 52-984-875-2362 Web: Viva Zapata.
Best Isla Holbox Nightlife
Arena 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. Telephone: 52-984-875-2169 Web: Arena Lounge Bar.
Raices 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. Telephone: 52-984-136-0017 Web: Raices.
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. Telephone: 52-984-875-2362 Web: ¡Viva Zapata!.
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. Telephone: 52-984-875-2017 Web: Tiki Tiki.
Best Isla Holbox 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 turquose water. The Beach Bar with lounge chairs and hammocks allows to relax on the quiet beach.
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.
Hotel Casa Takywara
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.
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.
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.