Holbox Island, Mexico is GREAT! Honestly, it is one of my favorite places in Mexico. Kaden and I spend a few days there last month and it was incredible. Holbox is a small island about 2.5 hours north of Cancun off the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. Around 2,000 locals live in the tiny main town on the funky island of Holbox. Everyone gets around by electric golf cart taxis and bikes. Holbox is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and live off the grid. You’re not totally off the grid because Holbox got electricity, less than 30 years ago, but is the best place for no cars, beach roads and beautiful sunsets.
There are so many things to do and see, it is hard to do them all unless you have an extended vacation. I’m going to tell you about the top 7 things you must do when you visit Holbox!
7 Things To Do In Holbox Island Mexico
1. Dolphin & Whale Shark Watch
Holbox is a wonderful place to see whale sharks. The whale sharks that gather 20 minutes from the shore from June to September. You can get up close and personal with them on a snorkeling excursion or just check them out from the boat. Make sure go in the fall to see them. A fisherman took Kaden and I over to Holbox and a pod of about 12 dolphins swam along side to the boat. They were beautiful and Kaden eyes lit up with when we spotted them. The kind fisherman slowed the boat down so we could get watch them. Seriously it was a very cool 20 minutes.
If whale shark watching is not enough for you, how about SWIMMING with them? You’ll enjoy a one in a lifetime experience complete with a friendly, informative guide when you go snorkeling. You will swim beside the largest fish (whale shark) as well as visit reefs, where you’ll see sea turtles, nurse sharks, lobsters, squids, octopuses, and different reef fish!
Seeing Holbox from the air is amazing! Take an advance or beginner kitesurfing course and you will be up in the air viewing Holbox from the beautiful skies! There is a sand bar that runs parrel with the shore and the water in between is only waist high with making kitesurfing so safe and easy for all skill levels.
4. See the flamingos
Isla Passion seems to be the spot for flamingos! You can easily take a morning along the sand bar to the island. Its a mile walk and along the way look for starfish, crabs and sea shells. If you are a bird watcher, or just love animals, you definitely have to see the flamingos in their natural habitat!
A-MAZ-ING!! I love fresh ceviche. In Holbox you can take a fishing excursion then the locals will make the catch it into ceviche when you get back to shore. You cannot get any fresher than that!
6. Rent a Bike of Golf Cart
The town of Holbox is very small and you can easily walk it an hour but the island has so much more to offer from exocit bird to pristine beaches. For about $70 a day you can rent a golf cart and explore. I highly recommend exploring the island. You can do the whole island in a day.
You’re on vacation, RELAX! The only beds in Holbox are in the hotels. Locals sleep in handmade hammocks.Curling up in a hammock on the beach is the perfect way to relax and catch up on your favorite novel. Isle Holbox is so beautiful and so peaceful, it is the perfect place to sit back, listen to the ocean, enjoy a beer or too, and just soak in the beauty that comes with life sometimes!
What are you going to do when you visit Holbox Mexico?
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