Mexico's Best Kept Secret - Isla Holbox Guide (2022) (2023)

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 must 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 than 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.

On our last visit to Holbox, there were way more Polaris Razors (basically trucks but technically ATVs).

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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 flying 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 to 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. Two Holbox ferry companies 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 leaving 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: $220 pesos
  • Children under 4 feet: $180 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 to Holbox. Rental cars in Mexico are relatively cheap. We typically pay $30 per day from the Cancun Airport. For the cheapest prices, click here to get prices on Rentalcars.com. 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

Several local businesses and residents 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 day, and we parked for four nights. We have parked at the same parking lot on every trip.

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, and 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 favorite 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.

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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.

  • 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 aren’t 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!

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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.

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.

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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 recommend:

  • Luxury $250+
  • Mid-Range $100-$200
  • Budget <$75
    • Casa Blatha – Check Rates Now

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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 is 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!

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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 fit 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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FAQs

Is 1 night enough for Holbox? ›

While the island is small, that doesn't mean you can do it in a day. I'd recommend staying in Holbox for between three and five nights. That will give you a nice amount of time to relax into island life, sample some delicious food, soak up the views and enjoy a few tourist attractions in Isla Holbox.

How much money do you need a day in 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.

Is it safe to walk around Holbox at night? ›

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.

Are there crocodiles in Holbox Mexico? ›

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.

How much do you tip a Holbox? ›

Be aware that when you get the bill in most Holbox restaurants they suggest you to pay 15% tip. This is not mandatory. May be common practice for Americans, but definitely not for Europeans. Tipping in Mexico is appreciated though and a 10% tip is normal.

Do you need cash in Holbox? ›

DO WE NEED TO BRING CASH OR ARE CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS ENOUGH? In Holbox, cash is the most common form of payment. Mexican Pesos and US Dollars are accepted everywhere, however it is recommended to carry smaller denominations of money as some local companies often go unchanged.

How much are drinks in Holbox? ›

Many hotels offer a asic morning meal included in the rate but for other meals, exploring the many other options is part of what makes Holbox great. A bottle of beer is normally $30 - $40 pesos. Glass of wine $90 - $100 pesos. Plenty of reasonably prices food options, along with some that are more expensive.

Can you drink tap water in Holbox? ›

It is not safe to drink the tap water in Holbox island, because of the high amount of minerals in the subsoil. Therefore it is always preferable to consume only bottled water and refill your bottles from the jumbo water bottle at any Hotel.

Is the water warm in Holbox? ›

Average annual water temperature on the coast in Holbox is 82°F, by the seasons: in winter 79°F, in spring 80°F, in summer 84°F, in autumn 83°F. Minimum water temperature (77°F) in Holbox it happens in February, maximum (86°F) in August.

What time is bioluminescence Holbox? ›

When and Where to Experience Bioluminescence in Holbox. Bioluminescence is best seen under dark night sky conditions with no moonlight. To get the very best bioluminescence experience and maximum visibility, plan your Holbox vacation in the days surrounding the new moon in the summer and fall seasons.

Why is Holbox called black hole? ›

The freshwater lagoon has a deep rocky hole that surrounds the island, making the water appear black. It is thought that Holbox, which in Mayan translates as 'black hole', was named after the dark lagoon water.

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.

Is it safe to swim in Holbox? ›

Go to the beach, go to the beach, go to the beach! Seriously, Holbox is about being in nature in an amazing setting, and doing things on and around the water. It's a great place for swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, and even kite surfing, of which there are schools on the island.

Are there Jaguars on Holbox? ›

Yum Balam Flora and Fauna Reserve (Yum Balam)

Everyone can swim with them and dive in the purest turquoise waters of the lagoon. In the forest part of the reserve, there are 5 species of large cats, including an elegant cougar, a majestic jaguar, and a charming ocelot.

Are there sharks in Holbox? ›

Swimming With Whale Sharks in Holbox

The waters off the Mexican resort town of Holbox are home to the whale shark, the world's largest fish, which grows to lengths of over 40 feet (12 meters).

Is $5 a good tip in Mexico? ›

It's up to you how much you tip, but the recommended amount in Mexico is between 10% – 20% (15% is a good standard in tourist areas) of the bill or ticket price.

Is 20 pesos a good tip in Mexico? ›

When drinking at a bar, whether it be in town or at your all-inclusive resorts, it is appropriate to tip 20 pesos per drink, or the equivalent to $1 USD.

Is a dollar a good tip in Mexico? ›

In Mexico, tips are always appreciated and sometimes very much expected. You can tip in major currencies like US Dollars, Euros, and Canadian Dollars. However, it is best to tip in Mexican Pesos or US Dollars. These are the easiest for the service providers to use and exchange.

Are credit cards accepted in Holbox? ›

Where available, the use of credit cards as a means of payment is a very good choice. They are accepted in many stores and restaurants, but they are not widely available on Holbox Island, so cash is a must.

Does Holbox have a seaweed problem? ›

Isla Holbox has gorgeous beaches without the seaweed problem of the Mexican Riviera. We also visited Sisal Beach (near Merida) and there was no seaweed problem there, either. Tulum and Playa del Carmen are horrible and we have no interest in dipping our toes in the water because it is not welcoming at all.

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.

Does Holbox have nightlife? ›

Live musicians and performers take to the microphone most nights, turning this venue into one of the most popular nightlife spots and bars in Isla Holbox. As a “gastropub” focusing on savory seafood, The Hot Corner has daily specials like the chipotle fish tostada with pineapple, fish tacos, tartars and more.

What currency is used in Holbox? ›

Accepted Currency

The official currency is the Mexican peso which is available in the following bill denominations: 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 pesos; and coins of: 10, 20 and 50 cents and 1, 2, 5 and 10 pesos.

Can you brush your teeth with the water in Mexico? ›

Residents in Mexico may brush their teeth with tap water, but they'll rinse and spit, careful not to swallow. As a tourist, you may be better off taking the precaution of using bottled water to brush your teeth, and do try to remember to keep your mouth shut when you shower.

Is drinking coffee in Mexico safe? ›

Drink safe drinks

Pasteurized, fermented or carbonated. All three processes kill bacteria, or inhibit its growth. Coffee, hot tea, canned soda and juice, beer, wine and alcohol are all a safe bet. Phew!

Can you shower in Mexico water? ›

The water source matters

Water delivered to homes in Mexico is suitable for showering and washing-up the dishes, but most people don't use unfiltered tap water for personal consumption.

Is it always windy in Holbox? ›

Wind in Isla Holbox is usually calm. The windiest month is April, followed by May and March.

What time of year are flamingos in 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.

Where is bioluminescence in Holbox? ›

Punta Cocos Beach is the best place to see bioluminescence on Holbox Island. At Punta Cocos Beach, you will also find hammocks dangling in the water. In addition to seeing bioluminescence, this place is a great spot to relax and the best place to see the sunset on Holbox island.

What do you wear to a bioluminescence tour? ›

How to Prepare for Your Bioluminescence Tour
  • river sandals or water shoes.
  • quick dry clothing (you might get a bit wet)
  • light long pants, sleeves (mosquito protection)
  • insect repellant.
  • bikini bathing suits are not recommended.

Can you see bioluminescence at night? ›

The bioluminescent sea will glow when it's disturbed by a wave breaking or a splash in the water at night. Algae bloom sea sparkle events are caused by calm and warm sea conditions.

What time of day is best to see bioluminescence? ›

Bioluminescent displays are viewed best from a dark beach at least two hours after sunset, though visibility is not guaranteed.

What does Holbox mean in Spanish? ›

Holbox (Spanish pronunciation: [xolˈβoʃ], "black hole" in Yucatec Maya) is an island in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, located on the north coast of the Yucatán Peninsula.

Who owns Holbox? ›

With just a glance, one can tell Gilberto Cetina — chef and owner of Holbox, a Mexican seafood restaurant a few blocks off campus — possesses a great passion for food. However, it wasn't always this way. In fact, years before he owned Holbox and sister restaurant Chichén Itzá, he was averse to the idea of cooking.

Can you see turtles in Holbox? ›

The lush fauna of Holbox

The environment around Holbox is great for whale shark sightings during the months from May to September, in the boat tours to the island is common to see some dolphins and turtles.

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 does it cost to swim with whale sharks Holbox? ›

Snorkeling with whale sharks in Holbox is definitely not an affordable experience. Prices can vary between 150 and 200 USD per person depending on the provider. However, if you consider that you'll have the chance to swim with the biggest fish in the world, it is definitely worth the experience.

Is Isla Holbox touristy? ›

If you have already been to Tulum or are looking for a Tulum alternative, you will enjoy Holbox Island. It's touristy enough that there are plenty of trendy restaurants and colors, but prices aren't quite as inflated (but they are on their way).

Can you walk around Holbox? ›

One of the things you should do when you arrive in Holbox is to rent a bike to explore the island. It's a small area but not so small to walk all over the places in the heat. Punta Cocos is one of the most beautiful areas that you can reach by bike or by cart at only 1 mile west from town.

How long is ferry ride to Holbox? ›

The easiest option to arrive in Holbox is via the two companies' catamarans with alternating ferry departures every half an hour. You cannot use the other company's tickets. The average ferry journey time is 25 minutes.

Are there dolphins in Isla Holbox? ›

There are so many dolphins around the island of Holbox and they will very likely follow your boat if you are taking a tour around the island or on your way to see the whale sharks.

How long does the Holbox ferry take? ›

The easiest option to arrive in Holbox is via the two companies' catamarans with alternating ferry departures every half an hour. You cannot use the other company's tickets. The average ferry journey time is 25 minutes. All vessels have a top deck if you fancy a bit of sun and the breeze or to see the stars at night.

How long does it take to get to Holbox by ferry? ›

The Ferry to Holbox Information

Ferry to Holbox island is located in Chiquila, about 1 hour and 48 mintues from Cancun airport. The boat runs daily from 6:00 am to 9:30 pm every half an hour. Ferry from Chiquila to Holbox costs around $ 7 dollars and crossing to the island takes 20 minutes.

Is Holbox Mexico worth visiting? ›

Even though Isla Holbox is a beautiful place, we do not think it's worth visiting. It may once have been a secluded piece of paradise for nature and ocean lovers. But, sadly, that is no longer the case in 2022. Even though we understand and have seen that every place in the world has good and bad things.

How long is the ferry from Cancun to Holbox? ›

The ferry to Holbox takes 15 minutes. We travelled on the Holbox Express on the way there, and caught the 9 Hermanos ferry when we left. Tickets for the Holbox ferry cost 150 MXN per person for adults, and $100 MXN for kids. The ferries start at 5am and finish around 8.30pm.

Why is Holbox called black hole? ›

The freshwater lagoon has a deep rocky hole that surrounds the island, making the water appear black. It is thought that Holbox, which in Mayan translates as 'black hole', was named after the dark lagoon water.

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 around Holbox? ›

One of the things you should do when you arrive in Holbox is to rent a bike to explore the island. It's a small area but not so small to walk all over the places in the heat. Punta Cocos is one of the most beautiful areas that you can reach by bike or by cart at only 1 mile west from town.

Are there Jaguars on Holbox? ›

Yum Balam Flora and Fauna Reserve (Yum Balam)

Everyone can swim with them and dive in the purest turquoise waters of the lagoon. In the forest part of the reserve, there are 5 species of large cats, including an elegant cougar, a majestic jaguar, and a charming ocelot.

Does Holbox get 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.

Can you see turtles in Holbox? ›

The lush fauna of Holbox

The environment around Holbox is great for whale shark sightings during the months from May to September, in the boat tours to the island is common to see some dolphins and turtles.

Can you drink tap water in Holbox? ›

It is not safe to drink the tap water in Holbox island, because of the high amount of minerals in the subsoil. Therefore it is always preferable to consume only bottled water and refill your bottles from the jumbo water bottle at any Hotel.

How much are drinks in Holbox? ›

Many hotels offer a asic morning meal included in the rate but for other meals, exploring the many other options is part of what makes Holbox great. A bottle of beer is normally $30 - $40 pesos. Glass of wine $90 - $100 pesos. Plenty of reasonably prices food options, along with some that are more expensive.

Is it always windy in Holbox? ›

Wind in Isla Holbox is usually calm. The windiest month is April, followed by May and March.

How much does it cost to swim with whale sharks Holbox? ›

Snorkeling with whale sharks in Holbox is definitely not an affordable experience. Prices can vary between 150 and 200 USD per person depending on the provider. However, if you consider that you'll have the chance to swim with the biggest fish in the world, it is definitely worth the experience.

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 is a taxi to Holbox? ›

If you're really desperate to get to Holbox Mexico straight away, then take a taxi. But, it will cost you somewhere between 120 and 200 USD one-way depending on your negotiation skills, time of year and time of day.

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