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
Lisa Mz. 19 #7 y 10, Isla Holbox, Isla Holbox, QROO, 77310
The price is $101 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4
$101
per night
Dec 3 - Dec 4
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Isla Holbox. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (645 reviews)
"Nice decent hotel rooms. Staff nice and friendly. But next door neighbor a nightclub playing loud music til late night little disturbing if you wanna get a quiet night sleep"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2022

Holbox Dream Beach Front Hotel
Villas HM Paraiso del Mar
Villas HM Paraiso del Mar
4 out of 5
Avenida Plutarco Elias S/N, Isla Holbox, QROO, 77310
The price is $115 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$115
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Isla Holbox. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
"Welcome drink, friendly service, clean, good breakfast"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Villas HM Paraiso del Mar
Casa Astral Luxury Hotel by Nah Hotels
Casa Astral Luxury Hotel by Nah Hotels
3 out of 5
C. Caguama esquina C. Estrella de Mar, Isla Holbox, QROO, 77310
The price is $178 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9
$178
per night
Dec 8 - Dec 9
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Isla Holbox. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and in-room massages. Popular attractions Holbox Beach and Holbox Church are located ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (45 reviews)
"The place and staff were nice it just seemed a little expensive for the amenities offered."

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2022

Casa Astral Luxury Hotel by Nah Hotels
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.
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, 77310
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Isla Holbox. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (162 reviews)
"Great place and closed to beach everything was like I expected great front desk special thanks to Emilio for help us with what with need"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2022

Ensueño Holbox and Beach Club
Hotel Boutique Casa Muuch Holbox - Solo Adultos
Hotel Boutique Casa Muuch Holbox - Solo Adultos
4 out of 5
C. Charal, Isla Holbox, QROO, 77310
Stay at this 4-star beach villa in Isla Holbox. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a beach locale. Popular attractions Bioluminescence Beach and Punta Coco ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Buscaba un hotel cerca de la playa donde me pudiera relajar y sin duda encontré una opción que supero mis expectativas 🤍 Todo he realmente asombroso, desde la comunicación con el anfitrión, las camas que son muy cómodas, el desayuno que realmente fue muy exquisito y muy bien cuidado desacuerdo a ..."

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2022

Hotel Boutique Casa Muuch Holbox - Solo Adultos
Casa Playa Ocean Front
Casa Playa Ocean Front
3 out of 5
C. Carito, Isla Holbox, QROO, 77310
Stay at this 3-star vacation home in Isla Holbox. Enjoy free WiFi, a patio, and a TV. Popular attractions Holbox Church and Main Square are located nearby. Discover ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"Amazinggg property! Amazing service! Best vacations ever"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Casa Playa Ocean Front
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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