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

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 $129 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
Nestled on the beach, this Isla Holbox hotel is just steps from Main Square and Holbox Beach. Punta Mosquito Beach is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) away.
4.3/5 Excellent! (505 reviews)
"Gabriela, Vanessa and Agustín We’re super helpful and friendly at the front desk. The bar bar the beach has great food and the beds are comfortable. The bedrooms were spacious and clean. The hotel is far enough from the noise but close enough to walk to restaurants."

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Holbox Dream Beach Front Hotel
Mystique Holbox by Royalton, A Tribute Portfolio Resort
Mystique Holbox by Royalton, A Tribute Portfolio Resort
4 out of 5
Av. Pedro Joaquin Coldwell, entre Calle Chabelita y Paseo Carey, Isla Holbox, QROO
The price is $281 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Nestled on the beach, this Isla Holbox hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Whale Shark Pier and Holbox Beach. Punta Mosquito Beach is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.
4.4/5 Wonderful! (289 reviews)
"staff interested in having a good guest experience. Small, low equiped and restricted gym"

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2021

Mystique Holbox by Royalton, A Tribute Portfolio Resort
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 $209 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Nestled on the beach, this Isla Holbox hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Holbox Church and Holbox Beach. Punta Mosquito Beach is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.
4.4/5 Wonderful! (634 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.
Suites Villas el Jardin
Suites Villas el Jardin
2 out of 5
C. Esmedregal, Isla Holbox, QROO
The price is $61 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Situated in Isla Holbox, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Holbox Church and Holbox Beach. Punta Mosquito Beach is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"Elegimos muy bien hotel ya que se encuentra en el centro de la isla, nos quedaba a pocos pasos lanplaza principal aproximadamente entre 3 a 5 minutos caminando. Las habitaciones eran muy cómodas y amplias, la cama nos encanto pudimos dormir muy bien. Es tipo apartamento y es muy lindo."

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2021

Suites Villas el Jardin
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 $160 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Punta Coco and Holbox Beach. Punta Mosquito Beach is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.
4.4/5 Excellent! (139 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
La Casa del Alux - Adults Only
La Casa del Alux - Adults Only
3 out of 5
Calle Hernan Cortez and Chac Chic, Isla Holbox, QROO
Located in the heart of Isla Holbox, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Holbox Church and Holbox Beach. Punta Mosquito Beach is 1.2 mi (2 km) ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (30 reviews)
"The place was roomy and had all the amenties we needed. We appreciated the outdoor sitting area with hammock for lazy afternoons. It was down a very quiet street too. Also appreciated the wifi. The shower pressure was the only downfall."

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2021

La Casa del Alux - Adults Only
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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