Isla Holbox Holidays

Isla Holbox (pronounced hol-bosh) is sun-kissed, slow-paced, car free and wonderfully rustic.

Imagine a paradise island where the sea is turquoise, the sand is talcum white and the vibe is a sort of sleepy that’s almost impossible to find anymore and you have Isla Holbox. This is a destination where the journey is part of the adventure – it’s only accessible by a 25-minute ferry ride from the Yucatan Peninsula’s north coast – and the only way to explore is on foot, on two wheels or by golf cart.

By day the surrounding waters are scattered with bird life and on moonless nights the sea lapping the island’s south coast glows with bioluminescent micro-organisms. Whale sharks bask offshore from mid-May to mid-September while acrobatic kite surfers make the most of the fresh tropical breezes almost year-round. Come here for a few nights as part of your Mexico adventure and you’ll see a different side to the Yucatan coast.

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Isla Holbox Hotels

Our recommendations for the best places to stay in Isla Holbox

Mystique Holbox by Royalton

Enjoy the natural setting, unspoilt beach and laid-back vibe at this boutique hotel.

Holbox Dream Beach Front Hotel

A rustic hotel on the beautiful Isla Holbox shores that’s well placed for island adventures.

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Get to know Isla Holbox and those important practicalities when planning your perfect holiday.


GMT -6 hours


Mexican Peso


11 hours


No official religion but the majority of the population are Roman Catholic



Where is Isla Holbox?
Off the north coast of the Yucatán Peninsula and separated from the mainland by six miles of shallow lagoon, Isla Holbox is a tiny island nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

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Snorkelling and diving
The waters dance with marine life all year round, with chances to snorkel and dive with sea turtles, manta rays and a swirling cyclone of angelfish and parrotfish. Late May to mid-September whale sharks migrate to the island’s nutrient-rich waters and snorkelling with these gentle giants, many the size of a bus, is a spectacular experience. Whale sharks in Mexico are a protected species and only two people at a time are allowed to snorkel alongside them, so as not disturb their natural habitat.

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Thanks to Isla Holbox’s dreamy off-grid location, the beaches are yogi calm and deliciously drowsy. Uninterrupted stretches of pure white sands, hammocks swinging in turquoise lagoons and flamingos hidden in nature reserves. Spanning the northern edge of the island, the main beach has a smattering of bars and places to rent kayaks and paddleboards. From the eastern tip of the beach you can walk across the sandbar to the huge sugar-white sandbank of Punta Mosquito where you’ll find more pelicans than people. For spectacular sunsets head to west-facing Punta Cocos, the furthest beach from town.

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Kayak, paddle board and revel in Robinson Crusoe-like solitude on Isla Pasión’s white sands and turquoise blue Caribbean waters. This tiny island bottles up castaway vibes and can be combined with a cruise around Isla Pajores for an utterly unique experience. Isla Pajores is a slender 200-foot-wide island and a protected biodiversity hotspot. Whilst foot traffic is forbidden, you can spot frigate birds, boat billed herons, snowy egrets and flamingos either from your boat or from the island’s thatched roof viewing points.

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Wonders of nature
A dark sky night, preferably in the new moon phase, makes the island’s southern waters glow like a sea of stars. This rare phenomenon, bioluminescence, occurs at its brightest between July and January and is caused by a chemical reaction in certain microorganisms that shimmer when they hit the water. On a full day tour to the northern reaches of the Yucatán Peninsula you’ll get to see the hot pink saltwater lakes of Las Colorades which look like somewhere unicorns would come to bathe. A natural wonder, the lakes get their rosy hue from the presence of microorganisms filled with beta-carotene and purple membrane.

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Getting around
Leave the traffic behind and relax into island life. Isla Holbox is a car-free carefree slice of paradise and at just 26 miles long and one mile wide, it’s easy to get around on foot or by hiring bicycles. Sunset bike rides are particularly magical. You can also hop in a golf cart taxi or rent your own buggy.

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Isla Holbox Weather

Nov - Apr