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 CA $210 per night from Feb. 2 to Feb. 3
CA $210
per night
Feb. 2 - Feb. 3
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! (675 reviews)
"Lovely place Javi is the best! Everything was easy Location great- but you pay fir being so local from neighboring music blasting until midnight I would still stay here again"

Reviewed on Dec. 24, 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 CA $221 per night from Feb. 9 to Feb. 10
CA $221
per night
Feb. 9 - Feb. 10
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! (1,019 reviews)
"loved the area, beach right in front was gorgeous and so easy to walk to Punta Mosquito from here. Front Staff was friendly to us but not overly friendly... The rest of the staff everywhere else was extremely help ful and nice. The room was so pretty! Did look like it was missing some furniture in ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 24, 2023

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 CA $210 per night from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23
CA $210
per night
Feb. 22 - Feb. 23
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Isla Holbox. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and in-room massages. Popular attractions Holbox Baseball Park and Holbox Beach are ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (58 reviews)
"Quiet area, friendly staff, rooftop pool and bar."

Reviewed on Jan. 9, 2023

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.
Suites Villas el Jardin
Suites Villas el Jardin
2 out of 5
C. Esmedregal, Isla Holbox, QROO, 77310
Stay at this aparthotel in Isla Holbox. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping, and a garden. Popular attractions Holbox Church and Main Square are located nearby. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (15 reviews)
"You do not need a hotel by the beach that you thought you wanted or needed. El Jardin is the perfect location ; few minutes away from the beach and el Centro. Los tres amigos, as I call them; our three main people at the reception will go out their way for all your needs . The owner himself is at ..."

Reviewed on Feb. 19, 2022

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, 77310
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Isla Holbox. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (165 reviews)
"My husband and I stayed at the property for 7 nights, and absolutely loved every minute of it. The free continental breakfast beat our expectations. The property was extremely well kept, and beautifully landscaped. Amazing views from the top floors, which were public spaces. This really was cool ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 19, 2023

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, 77310
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Isla Holbox. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the WiFi and the overall value in our reviews. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (39 reviews)
"The property was absolutely excellent! We stayed for 5 nights and would gladly book a stay here again. Everything was clean and safe. It's a great escape from the bustle of the city center but everything is still very accessible by foot."

Reviewed on Mar. 15, 2022

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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