Isla Holbox Beach
Isla Holbox is a Caribbean island just off the northern tip of the popular Yucatan peninsula, off the coast of Quintana Roo. Less than one mile wide, the 26-mile long island runs parallel to the Chiquila Coast creating a protected lagoon that is home to flamingos, pelicans and other birdlife.
Holbox actually means “black hole” but there’s no sign of anything fitting this definition, in fact quite the opposite. Lined with endless white sand and clear turquoise waters, the island is truly beautiful and peaceful.
Diving and fishing are the main activities along with boat trips, sunbathing and swimming. It’s a great beach for viewing the whale sharks that visit in search of an easy meal! It’s also the ideal place for beginner kiteboarding with warm shallow waters and no obstacles. The best winds are in the winter months when advanced kite surfers ride in north or south winds reaching up to 25 knots.
Access to this peaceful beach paradise is by ferry from Chiquila or by air from Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Local transport along the unpaved roads is mainly by moped or golf cart.
There’s a very Bohemian vibe on the island thanks to the buildings being individual decorated with colourful murals and artwork. Food, drinks and accommodation are very affordable in this flip-flop community making it a great place to escape and chill out.
- Diving & snorkelling
- Kite surfing
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