How to Visit the Carless Island, Holbox

It comes as no surprise that Mexico is such a popular holiday destination. Mexico is a beautiful country that is packed to the brim with incredible locations, breath-taking sights, and amazing food.

With over 1,964,375 square kilometers of long-stretching golden beaches, ancient ruins, diverse landscapes of mountains, deserts, and jungles, there’s plenty to see and do during your time in Mexico.

Keep reading to discover Yucatan’s best kept secret, the idyllic island known as Holbox.

Mexico Tourism
Mexico attracted 40 million tourists in 2018. The most popular destinations include Cozumel, Tulum, Cancun, Mexico City, Playa del Carmen, Oaxaca, Guanajuato, and Puerto Vallarta.

A vast majority of tourists come from the United States and Canada. But a lot of tourists also come from Europe and Asia to explore the third largest country in Latin America. Some of the activities tourists can get up to include discovering ancient cities and ruins, visiting nature reserves, relaxing on the beach, taking part in water sports, attending cultural festivals, and exploring iconic and cultural landmarks.

The Carless Island: Holbox
Located to the north of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, you’ll find Isla Holbox. Holbox is 26 miles long and doesn’t have any cars on the island. Locals get around the island on bikes or by walking.

If you’re planning on going to Isla Holbox, you can either get there by driving to or getting a bus to Chiqulia and getting on a ferry to the island. The ferry takes roughly thirty minutes. Alternatively, you can get to the island by taking an air taxi from Playa del Carmen, Cancun, or Cozumel.

What is There to do on Holbox?
This little island is a lot quieter than other popular tourist destinations such as Cancun, and offers a vast array of activities and interesting things that the whole family will enjoy.

“Isla Holbox is one of Mexico’s best kept secrets and is home to flamingos and pelicans. The island is also known for having a rich marine life surrounding it because of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. You’ll be able to see whale sharks and sea turtles. Tourists who visit Isla Holbox enjoy exploring Holbox village and relaxing on Punta Coco Beach,” says Luciana Monzon, a travel journalist from REVIEWBOX.

Go to Yalahau Lagoon and enjoy the luscious green waters and discover the wildlife that inhabits the water. Animal lovers can visit the Refugio Holbox, which is home to a large variety of animals. Discover Yum Balam, which is Mexico’s largest ecological reserve, here you’ll explore unspoilt jungles full of mangroves and empty beautiful beaches.

You can also go kayaking or canoeing, go on a sea safari to watch and feed whale sharks, kick back on the impeccable beaches and relax, or do some shopping in the village.

Looking for a more exhilarating adventure? Then why not check out Dos Ojos, the most extensive diving site in Yucatan Peninsula.

 

The Yucatan Times
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