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Lying just off the northern coastline of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Isla Holbox is an island paradise that you NEED to visit!

No cars, no paved roads, miles, and miles of pristine undeveloped beaches – this is our kind of place. Isla Holbox is, in our opinion, at the perfect size right now in 2022 and for the next few years.

It’s still largely raw and undeveloped, but it has a nice little town with restaurants, hotels for most budgets, and everything else you really need as a tourist (without the Senior Frogs bar and the rest of the overdevelopment).

Dare we say… Is Isla Holbox the next Tulum?

The tiny island of Isla Holbox has a great laid-back vibe to it. Along with the beautiful beaches and glorious sunshine, its glittering Caribbean waters are also home to incredible marine life, with whale sharks being the pick of the lot.

Above water is just as wonderful. There is a multitude of amazing street art for you to check out, as well as many fantastic local restaurants serving up delicious Mexican food. All in all, it really is a dream destination!

If you are looking for something new in Mexico, you need to put this postcard-perfect little island on your list. Isla Holbox is a great place to head if you want a relaxing Mexico getaway with the chance for some eco-friendly soft adventures. If that sounds like what you are looking for here is our travel guide to Isla Holbox Mexico!

Isla Holbox FAQ and Quick Answers:

Q: When is Whale Shark Season in Holbox?

A: Mid May to Mid September is Whale Shark Season in Isla Holbox, with the peak of the season coming in late June to Early July. Whale Sharks can be spotted in Isla Holbox during the summer months during their annual migration around the Yucatan Peninsula.

Q: How do you pronounce Holbox?

A: Holbox is pronounced differently you might expect based on how it is spelled. The “x” takes on a “sch” sound, making the correct way to say it: “Hole – Bosch”

Q: Are there cars allowed on Isla Holbox?

A: It is so tiny that there are no cars on Isla Holbox (except a few work trucks), which means you have to either rent a bike or a golf cart to travel around – or it’s small enough to walk just about everywhere! Limits on cars are in place to protect the island’s pristine natural habitat.

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Why you Should Visit Isla Holbox Mexico

While the stunning scenery and laidback island way of life is already reason enough to visit Isla Holbox, one of the main draws is that it is very much an off-the-beaten-path destination, at least for the moment. You’ll also find that there are hardly any paved roads, so you’ll mostly be trundling along dusty tracks when on your golf cart or bike. In addition to this, there are only just over a thousand people that call the island home, so there’s a lovely small-town feel.

Much of Mexico’s glorious coastline has become a bit over-developed in recent years, so lots of places feel a bit crowded with lots of tourists visiting every year. Isla Holbox still remains largely underdeveloped. Add in the idyllic beaches, the amazing underwater life, the beautiful street art, and the welcoming feel to the island, and it all comes together to make the perfect vacation destination!

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How To Get To Isla Holbox Mexico

There are only two options to travel to Isla Holbox, the 15-minute ferry from Chiquila or fly to Holbox. If you’ve rented a car in Cancun sadly you can’t drive to Holbox Mexico BUT you can drive right to the town of Chiquila and hop on the Isla Holbox ferry from there.

Don’t let the ferry intimidate you, getting to Holbox is flawless. Make sure to check out our how to get Isla Holbox guide for more details on each option or our Cancun to Holbox article dedicated for those traveling from Cancun.

The EASIEST and FASTEST way to Isla Holbox

Want to get to Holbox the easiest & fastest way? A private shuttle is the easiest way, have a driver waiting for you at the airport or pick you up at your hotel. You’ll need to book online in advance to arrange and get the cheapest rates.

Isla Holbox Ferry from Chiquila

The ferry to Isla Holbox from Chiquila is super quick, it takes only 15 minutes. There are two Holbox ferry companies that run ferries daily from Chiquila to Holbox and back. Both ferries charge the same price, you’ll get the same service, they just operate on different schedules.

They both run daily starting at 5 am and leave every 30 minutes, one departs on the hour, and the other ferry leaves on the half-hour. The last ferry is at 8:30 pm. Read our complete Holbox ferry guide here.

Just show up at the Chiquila pier (click here for google maps location) and ask for the next available ferry to Holbox. Holbox ferry ticket prices are:

  • Adults & Children over 4 feet: $150 pesos
  • Children under 4 feet: $100 pesos
  • Children under 2: Free

Traveling to Isla Holbox by Car

You can easily rent a car and drive yourself to Chiquila and catch the ferry. Rental cars in Mexico are super cheap, we typically pay $5 per day from the Cancun Airport. For the cheapest prices click here to get prices on, if your travel plans change they offer free cancelations.

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  • Cancun to Holbox / Chiquila
    • Toll Road 145 km | 1 hr 55 minutes
  • Playa del Carmen to Holbox / Chiquila
    • Toll Road 123 km | 1 hr 45 minutes
  • Tulum to Holbox / Chiquila
    • Toll Road 186 km | 2 hours 30 minutes

Parking at Chiquila Holbox Ferry

There are several local businesses and residents that offer parking right across from the Holbox ferry. There will be signs advertising they offer parking and the daily rate. We paid 100 pesos a dayand we parked for 4 nights.

Don’t leave anything in your car, take all valuables and leave items you’re not taking with you in the trunk. We only took what we needed to Holbox and locked another suitcase in the trunk and had no issues.

Traveling to Isla Holbox by Public Bus

The cheapest way to Holbox is by public bus. This is usually also the longest way, they take 3+ hours. The local bus company ADO has routes to Holbox. We personally have taken ADO buses all over the Yucatan. Prices and time vary based on where you traveling from.

There are buses to Holbox (Chiquila pier) from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Merida, etc. Click here for the ADO bus schedule to Isla Holbox and to book tickets online. Prices are often cheaper on their app than when booking in person.

Traveling to Isla Holbox by Shared Shuttle Bus

Our least way of traveling is by a shared shuttle bus. No one likes waiting for all passengers to arrive or going from hotel to hotel picking up more guests… There are shuttle buses from Cancun and Playa del Carmen to Cancun for $25-40 per person. Check out how to get Holbox article for more details.

Flying to Isla Holbox

If budget is no concern consider flying to Holbox. There are no shared flights but instead, you can rent a private plane! You need to arrange flights in advance and they can depart from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Cozumel, or Merida. Flights start at $470 per plane and go up based on where you’re departing from.

Click here to check rates or request a booking.

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Swimming with Whale Sharks on Isla Holbox Mexico

One of the most incredible things to do in Isla Holbox is to go swimming with whale sharks – it really is a must if you have the chance! The huge creatures look majestic underwater as they peacefully swim by. You really will come away with a sense of awe at having seen them so up close in their natural environment.

Whale sharks can reach up to a staggering 40 feet in length and weigh up to 30,000 pounds, even with their size they are graceful creatures! These gentle giants aren’t dangerous, don’t let the shark part scare you. Larger than Great White Sharks, these giant toothless fish eat massive amounts of plankton, not people.

Whale Shark Season Isla Holbox

Holbox is one of the best places in the world to swim with Whale Sharks and is one of the things the island is best known for. However, don’t expect to show up outside of whale shark season in Isla Holbox and expect to see them. You can only see the whale sharks in this part of Mexico during their migration when the seas a rich with Plankton. A summer visit to Isla Holbox is required if you want to spot these amazing creatures.

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  • Holbox Whale Shark Season: June – September
  • Average price: MXN 2-3,000 (so $120+)

Top 10 Things to Do in Isla Holbox

Holbox Mexico really is a beautiful laid-back place to visit, with lots for you to do in terms of outdoor activities – if you ever manage to tear yourself away from one of the famous hammocks that look out over the idyllic island scenery.

To help you out with your trip to this magnificent island, we’ve put together a list of our favorite activities on Isla Holbox. Everything from swimming in cenotes to exploring the island’s incredible street art and drinking margaritas in the sun – here are our favorite things to do in Isla Holbox!

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1. Walk the neverending sandbar beach at Las Nubes

Another must thing to do on the island is to go for a walk along the seemingly never-ending sandbar beach at Las Nubes. Stretching away into the distance, the sandbank only emerges before your eyes at low tide, when you can walk along it with the glorious turquoise waters of the Caribbean lapping at the sand on either side of you.

It’s a magical experience, and the scenery and views are absolutely stunning – just make sure to get back to firm land before the high tide rolls in and covers the sandbar! Be warned the tide comes in quick and can easily sneak up on you.

Once you get back, there are lots of restaurants and bars where you can grab a cocktail and watch a glorious sunset over the sea.

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2. Take a nap in one of the famous Holbox hammocks!

2020 update – the government ordered all hammocks removed. Hopefully, this gets reversed, but for now – there are no hammocks in Holbox.

At almost all of the Holbox beaches on the island, you’ll come across hammocks strung up between gently swaying palm trees. These hammocks are the perfect place to take a well-earned nap! The most famous and photo-worthy ones are located right on the beach, with shallow water lying right below them; these are the ones most people head to.

There’s nothing better in life than lazily trailing your hand in the water as you bask in the sunshine and let a hammock rock you to sleep!

One of our favorite things to do in Isla Holbox, the famous hammocks are definitely worth checking out, whether you want to snooze the afternoon away or take a memorable vacation photo. A few of our favorite places for the famous Holbox Hammocks:

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3. Kite Surfing on the Northern Shores of Isla Holbox (or just watching)

The unique geography and position of Isla Holbox works well for kite surfers providing consistent winds making it one of the best places in Mexico to go Kitesurfing and other wind-related watersports. Even if you are getting on the board yourself it’s fun to lounge on the beach and watch the kites and surfers twirl in the wind.

One of the most popular places for the sport is on the far end of the Las Nubes sandbank away from the town. It’s a gorgeous walk or you can arrange transport most of the way on the island. The place you are looking for is just past the point of the island called Punta Mosquito (don’t worry, during the day we didn’t have trouble with mosquitos). Here the beach opens up into a stretch of undeveloped sand so long you really cannot see the end. See map for Punta Mosquito.

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4. Swim Yalahau Cenote

Another very popular thing to do in Isla Holbox (and with good reason) is to go for a swim in Yalahau Cenote – we’d recommend it if you have the time. We love checking out and swimming in cenotes, there are over 6,000 cenotes in Mexico. Make sure to read our best cenotes in Mexico article!

Yalahau Cenote is actually located on the mainland in Yum Balam Nature Reserve, you will have to take a half-hour boat trip to get there. On the way, you may even see dolphins swimming around if you’re lucky. Add in the beautiful sea views and the boat trip alone already makes the visit worthwhile!

The cenote itself is just as marvelous. Tucked away in a mangrove forest, the crystal clear water is ideal for swimming in. It really is a lovely setting, which is what makes taking a dip in the cenote such a unique experience. After drying off in the warm sun, you can explore the rest of the wonderful natural sights the nature reserve offers.

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Holbox Tours Stopping At Yalahau Cenote:

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5. Take a Holbox Boat Tour

As Isla Holbox is blessed with beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, and a wealth of incredible wildlife, a great way to explore its many sights is to jump on board a boat tour that takes you around the island.

This enables you to bask in the glorious sea views, Isla Holbox looks terrific with its beautiful palm trees towering over its sandy beaches. We went on one with Viator, which was very well organized and took us to a ton of places that we wouldn’t have otherwise seen by ourselves.

As well as stopping by Yalahau Cenote for a swim in its welcoming waters, the boat tour also took us to a couple of different islands that lie not far from Isla Holbox. Isla Pajaros was great to visit for all the amazing, brightly-colored birds we saw, while at Passion Island, we got to see pink flamingos wading through the shallow waters.

All in all, it was a lovely day out that was the perfect combination of nature, wildlife, sea views, and swimming! Suggested Holbox boat tours:

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6. Kayak through the Magnificent Mangroves

If you want to explore Isla Holbox’s magnificent mangroves, there is no better way to do it than by kayak! A kayak lets you immerse yourself in the abundant nature all around you. There is lots of wildlife in Holbox to see; while you’ll definitely get to see lots of different types of birds, you may even come across a crocodile or two!

Paddling peacefully through the mangroves was one of our favorite things to do in Isla Holbox, and is a great way to spend an afternoon if you’re up for a little bit of exercise! We suggest going on a kayaking tour through the mangroves as the guide will lead the way and point out wildlife along the way.

7. Experience the Incredible Bioluminescence Phenomenon

One thing that you don’t want to miss out on when visiting Isla Holbox is experiencing the incredible bioluminescence phenomenon that lights up the waters around the island.

On dark evenings, at some beaches on Isla Holbox, you’ll see the water shimmering with little blue lights. These are actually microscopic plankton glowing. It is a magical sight and is a must when vacationing on Isla Holbox!

To best see the bioluminescence in Holbox, you want the night to be as dark as possible. Hopefully, you are visiting when there is a new moon. You may want to ask around town where you can best view it, or take a guided tour. Usually, it is quite late at night when you can see the lights glimmering in the waters around the island.

Don’t forget to bring your swimwear so you can hop in and swim among the tiny stars glowing all around you! However, skip the cameras. The Bioluminescent is very hard to photograph unless you have very specific camera equipment. So, leave the camera behind and just experience the moment here on Isla Holbox.

Bioluminescence Tour in Holbox:

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8. Check out the Island’s Fantastic Street Art in Holbox

Although we’ve mainly mentioned the island’s beautiful nature, wildlife, and outdoor activities until this point, Isla Holbox is also known for its fantastic street art, which you’ll see everywhere you go.

The beautiful murals, monuments, and artistic creations light up the town with their bright colors; it is in large part this street art that gives Isla Holbox its unique feel and look.

Wandering around town and checking out the amazing pieces is a lovely way to explore the island – you may find yourself returning home with a couple of local art pieces to brighten up your home. Every time you head out of your hotel to wander around, you’ll come across some new and interesting street art that you hadn’t noticed before.

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9. Rent a Bike or Golf Cart and Explore the Island

As there are no cars on the Island, your only option to explore Isla Holbox is to take a golf cart taxi or rent a bike or golf cart yourself. Both cycling or bumbling along in your own golf cart are lots of fun.

It’s impossible to get lost or tired as the island is so small! Cycling along the beach is a dream, with the waves lapping at the shore and the white sands lying before you. Golf carting your way around is also lots of fun, and is one of the quickest ways to get from Point A to Point B on Isla Holbox.

  • Price to rent a bike: MXN 20 – 30 per hour. MXN 150 – 200 per 24 hours
  • Price to rent a golf cart: MXN 150 per hour. MXN 1000 per 24 hours

If you’re renting for more than one day try and negotiate for a better deal for a longer duration. Some good deals can be found on one-week rentals. There are tons of rental places in town just shop around for the best prices.

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10. Spend the day at a beach club drinking margaritas soaking up the sun

After all that kayaking, swimming, and cycling, you’re certainly going to want to kick back and relax in the sun at some point. What better way to do that than lounge at a beach club drinking margaritas!?

With Isla Holbox being a paradise island, there are lots of great bars and restaurants that hug the coastline. Most of them offer fantastic views of the sea. Hanging out at a beach club and enjoying a refreshing cocktail (or two!) really is one of the best things to do in Isla Holbox.

The best margaritas on Isla Holbox that we found were at El Velero Beach Club. The views on offer from their little patch of the beach are pretty stunning too! This is where we spend many days and all of our sunsets.

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Where to Stay in Holbox

There isn’t one best part of the island to stay on. The island is small and you can walk just about anywhere in 15 minutes. We stayed at Hotel Puerto Holbox which is outside of “downtown Holbox” but only a few minutes walk. We would definitely stay here again. Here are a few other hotels we visited that we’d recommended:

  • Luxury $250+
  • Mid-Range $100-$200
  • Budget <$75
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Best Restaurants in Isla Holbox

While we could go on and on about all the fantastic restaurants on Isla Holbox, here are just a few of our personal favorites that stood out! Make sure to check our complete list of the best restaurants in Holbox for a more detailed post.

Rosa Mexicano

Very centrally located, Rosa Mexicano is a wonderful open-air restaurant that serves up delicious food, whether you go for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! While the menu is packed full of traditional Mexican dishes, there is a modern twist to most of them, and we enjoyed everything we had.

As well as the fantastic food, the extensive cocktail menu made it one of our favorite places to go in Isla Holbox. Try and get a seat outside on the swings, it’s a great place to enjoy a drink and people-watch.

Los Peleones

A very friendly and welcoming place, Los Peleones in the center of town and has a great atmosphere. You immediately feel at home there. The food is tasty and fresh, and the menu offers everything from Mexican staples from around the country to authentic Italian pasta dishes and Japanese Peruvian fusion! Make sure to save room for some of the fabulous desserts – the chocolate cake is the perfect ending to a meal.

El Velero Beach Club

Located in Hotel Puerto Holbox, El Velero Beach Club is delightfully situated – as you might have guessed – on a beach. As such, watching the sun go down while eating a delicious meal or sipping on a cocktail is a lovely experience.

There is a very relaxed feel to the beach club, and the menu has a wide range of different dishes for you to try out. We enjoyed breakfast and lunches at the beach club. Definitely one to come back to time and time again!

Places in Mexico to Visit Before or After Holbox

If you’ve got more time to explore Mexico there are some amazing places nearby you should check out. If you can’t it on this trip consider them on your next trip. Make sure to check out some of our other Mexico articles to fuel your wanderlust.

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Is Isla Holbox worth visiting? ›

Is It Worth Visiting Isla Holbox? Yes, yes and yes! If you've already explored places like Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum, then head to Holbox Island for a sleepier, less developed experience. Colour lovers will feel like they're dreaming!

What is Holbox Mexico known for? ›

Holbox, properly pronounced “hol-bosh” is a rustic, tropical island located a few hours north of Cancun. Its crystal-clear blue waters, pristine beaches, and relaxed life pace are enough to attract anyone. With no cars and no worries, Holbox is famous for its bioluminescent waters and whalesharks.

How much cash should I bring to Holbox? ›

We read online that a rule of thumb for how much money you need in Holbox is 1,000 Mexican pesos per day per person. That's about right, however it doesn't account for specific activities or things like transfers.

Are there crocodiles in Holbox? ›

Generally, the Holbox crocodiles can be found much closer to the northwest tip of the island. But, you'll pretty much be guaranteed to see lots of small fish in the water and a variety of birds on the shore and overhead.

Is Isla Holbox expensive? ›

The average price of a 7-day trip to Isla Holbox is $1,761 for a solo traveler, $3,163 for a couple, and $5,929 for a family of 4. Isla Holbox hotels range from $73 to $335 per night with an average of $173, while most vacation rentals will cost $240 to $280 per night for the entire home.

Can you swim in Holbox? ›

If what you are wanting to do is actually swim, as opposed to play in the surf, then Holbox is the best place to be. I am a swimmer, and have found Holbox the perfect place for a swim work out. Nice clean, warm, flat water. Perfect.

Are there flamingos on Holbox? ›

Locals say you can find some all year round, but officially the Holbox flamingo season is between April and October. Getting to the flamingos in Holbox isn't super easy, but the walk is beautiful. Park your bike or golf cart at Las Nubes de Holbox hotel (you can't go any further) and get ready for a 1-hour walk.

Is Holbox Mexico safe for tourists? ›

Isla Holbox is very safe so long as you have common sense and don't walk to the beach alone at night or using the usual level of caution.

Can you use USD in Holbox? ›

Accepted Currency

The US dollar is accepted in all exchange houses and some also accept the Canadian dollar and the euro. The main tourist establishments accept US dollars as payment.

Does Holbox have good WIFI? ›

Wifi on Isla Holbox

All hotels and most restaurants have wifi, but it is very slow and unreliable! Some hotels even warn you for its slow wifi with signs in the room. As I just told you make sure you buy a local Telcel sim card, much better.

Does it rain all day in Holbox? ›

Holbox receives its fair share of rain. Even the “dry” season is only relatively dry. You can expect almost daily rain from May – November, with the heaviest rain occurring from September – January.

Are there monkeys on Holbox Island? ›

This reserve alone gives refuge to gum, ramon, cedar, tulle and palm trees; as well as ocelots, pumas, spider monkeys, jaguars, sea turtles, manatees and the already famous in our article: whale sharks.

Are there sharks in Holbox? ›

Whale sharks, the biggest fish in the world, come every year to visit Holbox. And you can swim with it!

Are there Jaguars on Holbox? ›

It is a set of beautiful panoramas with very special vegetation and animals. In its jungle there are five species of tropical wild felines: jaguar, puma, ocelot, margay (small tiger cat) and aguarundi or jungle cat; unfortunately, they are all in danger of extinction.

What is better Isla Mujeres or Holbox? ›

The Water Sports Are Different. If you want snorkeling and scuba diving, Isla Mujeres is your best option. If you want to fly-fish for tarpon and swimming with whale sharks among the bioluminescent plankton during the summer months, Isla Holbox is your choice.

Is Holbox cash only? ›

While quite a few businesses in Holbox these days do, in fact, accept credit cards, many are still cash only. Of those accepting credit cards, most charge a 3-5% cc fee. Don't forget that credit cards need power and signal to work, so if these go out at any time you'll need cash as a backup.

Are there cars on Holbox? ›

Holbox (pronounced hol-BOSH, meaning “black hole” in Maya) began attracting tourists a decade ago, and locals have since fought to stave off mega-resorts, the Washington Post reports. There are no cars, no postal service, no banks, and no high-rises (buildings are not permitted to top 40 feet).

Are there racoons in Holbox? ›

The tiny town of Isla Holbox, Mexico, includes many colorful murals, including one of a raccoon, or perhaps it's a coatimundi. After swimming with whale sharks, tourists visit an undeveloped beach at Isla Holbox, Mexico.

Are Holbox beaches nice? ›

Holbox's World-Class Beach

The main beach on Holbox, which runs all the way along its northern shore, is probably the best beach in Mexico, and quite possibly the best beach in the greater Caribbean. The beauty of it is absolutely unreal; it's like something out of a dream.

Can you see the sunrise in Holbox? ›

Holbox might be known for it's increadible sunsets but if you are one to see when dawn spreads out her fingertips of rose you will not be disapointed by the our sun's morning shows.

Are there mosquitoes in Holbox? ›

Holbox is known for its mosquitoes, so don't forget to bring some repellent. It's also wise to stay indoors around sunset to avoid the most active period for these annoying, blood-sucking insects.

Can you walk to Punta Mosquito Holbox? ›

Getting around on Isla Holbox is only possible by foot, bicycle or golf cart. If you stay in the main hotel zone of Holbox, it takes about 1,5 hour walk to Punta Mosquito. So if you're planning a day of exploring around on Holbox, the best and most fun way to do is with a golf cart.

Does Holbox have seaweed? ›

Holbox. On the northern side of the Yucatan Peninsula, Holbox escaped the worst of the summer sargassum. In contrast, the island experienced an influx of seaweed during November and December.

Is Holbox Mexico safe for tourists? ›

Isla Holbox is very safe so long as you have common sense and don't walk to the beach alone at night or using the usual level of caution.

When should I go to Holbox? ›

The best time to visit Isla Holbox is December-March

In summer, the average maximum temperature is around 31℃ (88℉), but temperatures can sometimes reach as high as 32℃ (90℉) on the hottest days of the year. The weather in the winter, especially around January, can reach a minimum of 20℃ (67℉).

How do you get around Isla Holbox? ›

The island has a taxi-like system of golf carts. They line up when the ferries come in so you can get a ride to wherever you're staying. Bike: Since Isla Holbox is so small, bikes are an ideal mode of transport. You can rent one for around twenty pesos an hour at one of the shops around town.

How long is the drive from Cancun to Holbox? ›

What is this? Isla Holbox is about 2 hours north of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, and it takes about 2.5-3 hours to get to Isla Holbox from Tulum. Since it's an island and there are no bridges, you'll also need to get a short, 20-minute ferry ride from the port town of Chiquila, Mexico.

When deciding whether or not to visit the island, one of the first questions you may have is how do you get to Isla Holbox, Mexico?!. From downtown Cancún, you can take a 2-hour ADO bus to Chiquilá, where you’ll catch the ferry to Isla Holbox.. Upon arriving onto Holbox Island, there will be taxi golf buggies waiting to take you to your hotel or, if you’re visiting for the day, to the other side of the island.. Book a nighttime kayaking tour into the ocean to see the bioluminescent plankton that fill the shores of Holbox.. And if you weren’t planning to get a workout in at 11 pm kayaking, then you can book a land tour to head to a beach where you can wade with the bioluminescent plankton in shallow water.. Head to the main beach and town square, where you’ll find loads of tour stands and find the best deal that works for you.. Yet after seeing amazing photos of a little island north of Cancún, we decided we needed to check out Holbox Island for ourselves.

While places like Playa Del Carmen (fastest growing city in North America) allure vacation goers looking for more of an “adventurous” vacation beyond the confines of a gated all-inclusive, there really isn’t much left on the Mayan Riviera with pristine, undisturbed beach front and raw nature.. You can walk from the ferry port on the south shore to the north shore of the island where the amazing beaches are located in about 10 minutes.. There are some beach front hotels to the east and west of the town about a mile or two in each direction but, things remain very calm as there are no large resorts on the island, and the beaches are open to anyone.. A favorite place to enjoy it by locals and tourists alike is at Zomay Beach Bar which is right on the beach and has lots of tables and swings.. Another option is to fly from Cancun or Playa del Carmen directly to Holbox on a small 5 seat plane with AeroSaab airline that lands on an airstrip in town.. *There is no ATM in Chiquila on the mainland though so if you need money, make sure to take it out on Holbox before heading back on the ferry or to have some before you arrive to Chiquila.

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