Isla Holbox

Travel Guide
Isla Holbox showing tropical scenes and a marina

Enjoy lazy days on white-sand beaches, superb wildlife spotting and varied watersports at this blissful and untamed island on the Yucatan Peninsula. 

Discover the true essence of a Caribbean island dreamland at Isla Holbox. Swing in a hammock while watching ocean ripples on the shore, look for over 150 bird species and dabble in thrilling watersports. Isla Holbox lies where the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico meet. It forms part of the Yum-Balam Biosphere Reserve. Pristine beaches cover 22 of its 26 miles (36 of 42 kilometers) of length.

The island’s tourist center is Holbox, a small town characterized by sandy streets and colorful Caribbean architecture. Select from its abundance of guesthouses, hotels, seafood restaurants and tour operators. Nothing is far away in Holbox. It’s easy to get around by foot or rented bike or golf cart. Visit the Main Square, home to the Holbox Church, a kid’s playground and a basketball court.

A short walk northwest of the town is Holbox Beach. Its warm, shallow water is perfect for swimmers of all ages and abilities. Try kayaking, kitesurfing, stand-up paddle boarding and windsurfing. Join fishing trips and boating adventures to spot whale sharks from May to September.

Be amazed by the variety of birds inhabiting the coastline and Yalahau Lagoon, which separates the island from the mainland. See egrets, herons, ibis, flamingos and pelicans, among others. Spot crocodiles, dolphins, rays and turtles. Punta Mosquito Beach, at the island’s northernmost tip, is a great location for viewing flamingos.

Step aboard a boat and visit the islets scattered around the island. Come face-to-face with endangered birds via the walkways through Bird Island’s cacti and mangroves. Escape real-world stresses at the palm-fringed bays of Passion Island. Bathe in the freshwater spring of Yalahua Cenote.

Reach Isla Holbox by catching a bus from Cancún to Chiquilá then take a 15-minute ferry ride. Come prepared for year-round hot temperatures, with heavy rains and a large presence of mosquitoes from June to October.

Where to stay in Isla Holbox

Villas HM Paraiso del Mar
Villas HM Paraiso del Mar
4 out of 5
Avenida Plutarco Elias S/N, Isla Holbox, QROO
The price is ¥12,557 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Nestled on the beach, this Isla Holbox hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Holbox Beach, Holbox Church, and Holbox Letters. Main Square and Whale Shark Pier ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (981 reviews)
"People in the restaurants and lobby excellent, but I think they need more personal.."

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2021

Villas HM Paraiso del Mar
Holbox Dream Beach Front Hotel
Holbox Dream Beach Front Hotel
3 out of 5
Av Pedro Joaquin Codwell Zona, Isla Holbox, QROO
The price is ¥18,114 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
Nestled on the beach, this Isla Holbox hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Holbox Beach, Holbox Church, and Main Square. Whale Shark Pier and Holbox Letters are ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (488 reviews)
"Cool trendy property . Great location , walking distance to everything .Nice vibe 😊"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Holbox Dream Beach Front Hotel
Villas HM Palapas del Mar
Villas HM Palapas del Mar
4 out of 5
Avenida Plutarco Elias S/N, Isla Holbox, QROO
The price is ¥19,806 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Nestled on the beach, this Isla Holbox hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Holbox Beach, Holbox Church, and Holbox Letters. Main Square and Whale Shark Pier ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (620 reviews)
"It was awesome"

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2021

Villas HM Palapas del Mar
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Marvin Suites
Marvin Suites
2.5 out of 5
Calle Hernán Cortés s/n, e/ calle palomino y Ave. Tiburón Ballena, Isla Holbox, QROO
The price is ¥4,600 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located near the slopes, this Isla Holbox apartment building is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Holbox Church, Holbox Beach, and Main Square. Whale ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (64 reviews)
Just right
"The hotel was safe, clean, well decorated and painted. The AC worked very well. The manager(s) were so chill and welcoming. The beds were new and very comfortable. The sheets were very clean, starched, and soft. We really like it here."

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

Marvin Suites
Madre Holbox
Madre Holbox
3 out of 5
Calle Tiburón Ballena, Isla Holbox, QROO
The price is ¥8,555 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Situated in Isla Holbox, this aparthotel is steps from Holbox Church and Main Square. Whale Shark Pier and Holbox Letters are also within 5 minutes.
4.4/5 Wonderful! (9 reviews)
"Lovely property with a central location. A very minimalist design, but practical for the beach. Very safe."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Madre Holbox
Ensueño Holbox and Beach Club
Ensueño Holbox and Beach Club
3.5 out of 5
Calle Cahuama con Calle Cherna s/n, Isla Holbox, QROO
The price is ¥8,734 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Holbox Beach, Punta Coco, and Punta Coco Beach. Yalahau Lagoon and Whale Shark Pier are ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (136 reviews)
"Location is very relaxing and property is very well kept. Very unique design. Like a tropical getaway."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Ensueño Holbox and Beach Club
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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