Discover all the magical things to do in Holbox Island, Mexico and plan the perfect trip.
Isla Holbox or Holbox island, located at the top of the Yucatan peninsula and just 2.5 hours from Cancun might just be the newest dream beach paradise island you’ve been waiting for. Leave the uninspiring, overdeveloped Cancun resorts behind and head straight to Isla Holbox (pronounced Hol-bosh) or even Tulum for some white sand beaches, rustic charm and boho vibes.
Keep reading for the ultimate Isla Holbox travel guide and for all the useful tips for visiting this slice of paradise.
Imagine fine, white sand beaches, clear blue water with few waves, hammocks and swings in the water, healthy meals and cocktails on the beach as well as an abundance of nature and wildlife- that’s just some of the experiences awaiting you on this paradise island.
You should consider, however, that there isn’t much authentically Mexican about this island apart from the local people and the few places selling authentic Mexican cuisine. You really could be anywhere in the world, but for those looking for some relaxation, island vibes and wellness, it’s the perfect stop on your travels.
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Is Holbox Worth Visiting?
You may have already heard about Holbox Island in Mexico and the truth is that yes, it’s 100% worth visiting. The beaches on Isla Holbox are some of the best in Quintana Roo and Yucatan and the island vibes are just unbeatable.
It’s still a relatively relaxed destination to visit. Tulum is already very popular and can feel quite crowded, especially during the high season but Holbox island town has a much more relaxed vibe to it.
There are also many spots around the island to escape to for some beach or jungle bliss.
How to Get to Holbox Island
To visit Isla Holbox, from wherever you are on the Yucatán peninsula you’ll have to make your way to the village of Chiquilá.
ADO, the Quintana Roo bus company has services arriving from Cancun and Cancun Airport, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Valladolid and Merida among others.
There are also other, slightly cheaper buses you can take such as Oriente and Mayab. Buses will drop you off right at the ferry terminal.
If you’ve rented a car for your entire trip, there are many parking spaces in Chiquila that charge 50 pesos per 12 hours. This makes it really easy to have somewhere to store your rental car while you head off to Holbox for a few days.
Note that you can’t take your car to the island. Officially private cars aren’t allowed and transport on the island is by golf buggy.
There are two ferry services to choose from; 9 Hermanos and Holbox Express and which one you choose will probably be based on which one leaves first.
9 Hermanos leaves on the hour while the Holbox Express leaves on the half an hour. Make sure you walk to the ticket booths right at the end of the pier to see which one is departing first.
The first service of the day is at 5 am (9 Hermanos) and the last 20.30 pm (Holbox Express) and tickets will set you back 210 pesos ($11) each way.
There is no need to book your tickets to Holbox village in advance, just turn up and buy them at the ticket offices.
Where to Stay on Isla Holbox
Holbox Island has a variety of accommodations for every budget, from camping grounds to hostels, budget hotels to luxury boutique hotels.
All options are small and quaint and you won’t find any huge resorts here. Here are my absolute favourite places to stay that you simply can’t miss checking out.
Aldea Kuká – If luxury travel is the name of your game then this idyllic, beautifully boho hotel with a private beach is a must. Beautiful boho cabins, luxury infinity pool and private beach – need I say more? This is the place to be on the island.
El Corazon – As this name suggests, this tasteful love themed hotel is located right on the beach and has some truly amazing sunsets from its terrace. Not only that, this hotel has a 0% plastic consumption policy and all the products used on-site are eco-friendly and biodegradable.
Villas Flamingos – Located on the other side of Holbox beach near the Yum Balam reserve this is the hotel to go to if you’re looking for peace, quiet and tranquillity. The beach here is simply stunning and the hotel is gorgeous; white-washed walls, with natural finishings made from local materials and with a minimalist touch.
Tierra del Mar – This adults-only hotel is perfect for those wanting to relax and unwind. It’s a beautifully decorated, eco-friendly hotel with a swimming pool, terrace and bar. Rooms are spacious with a luxury island vibe.
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Villas Margaritas Holbox – For a decent yet budget option, I’d happily recommend Villas Margaritas, their rooms are large, clean and spacious and all have en-suite bathrooms and are all fitted with a fan and air conditioning.
Some rooms also have balconies for blue sky views of the island. They also rent bikes- handy for cycling to places like Punta Cocos. Everything you’ll need for a budget stay.
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Top Things to Do in Holbox
Visiting Holbox is one of the best things to do in Mexico. Traveling to Holbox island is straightforward and there are so many relaxing things to do on the island from sitting on the beach to checking out the local wildlife. Keep reading this Holbox guide to find out more.
Relax on the Beach
This is probably what this island was made for and there is nothing better than grabbing a hammock or a deck chair, placing yourself on the white sand for a few hours and indulging in a good book while listening to the waves rolling in.
Order yourself a refreshing coconut and simply relax and spend the day on the beach. Holbox Beach has no shortage of lovely beach clubs to relax, drink and eat at for those looking for more than just laying their towel on the sand.
Explore Holbox town and its Street Art
Holbox town is small and compact, with a range of restaurants, cafes, hotels and services. Explore and people watch and don’t forget to check out the amazing street art located on every corner.
The roads in Holbox island aren’t paved and during the rainy season, they tend to flood quite badly. When exploring town it’s a good idea to bring some rubber or waterproof sandals with you, otherwis