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About Holbox

Holbox is one of those enchanting far-flung corners of the earth that you think only exists in the pages of a tourist brochure or in a children's storybook: with wide golden beaches, a laid-back Bohemian vibe and rare species of wildlife, it is the quintessential destination for a seaside retreat. The best places to stay in Holbox tend to be charming boutique spots set right on the beach, whether designer, family friendly or eco chic properties.

One of Holbox's greatest attractions is its traditional feel. This is most apparent when Holbox is compared to the glitzy resorts and bronzed crowds of nearby Cancun. Electricity only arrived in Holbox in 1987; instead of cars there are golf carts, and there isn't a single corporate chain hotel in sight.

Brightly coloured houses, rickety and thatched, line the dusty unpaved roads with gorgeous fresco-covered facades designed by local artists. Outside their homes, locals man wooden stalls selling local handicrafts and tropical fruit while a whole host of resident designers, chic eateries like Colibri Cafe and restaurants playing live music like Viva Zapata, line the way. The main square is host to an enormous stage that looks more like an avant-garde art exhibit - it's where locals and visitors alike congregate to listen to music and live events.

Naturally you can't mention Holbox without talking about the beaches. Holbox is a tropical idyll, the perfect seaside escape from crowds and noise. Miles and miles of golden sand and glittering turquoise waters are fringed with the shade of palm and coconut trees strung with hammocks, and lovely little cocktail bars like Coquitos. (N.B their mojitos are to-die-for.) The island itself is a protected ecosystem, so expect to see plenty of flamingos, nesting turtles, helmet crabs and pelicans; in the lagoons and mangroves that straddle Holbox, you will even find crocodiles...

To get around, hire a golf cart or book a boat trip out to one of the uninhabited neighboring islands. Hotels here can also arrange a range of wildlife tours to spot the crocs or flamingos. Or simply swing in a hammock sipping a mojito, in between snorkelling in Holbox's crystal clear waters. Sold yet? Go!

Check out our collection of the best places to stay in Holbox to start planning your trip.

The best places to stay in Holbox

Chic boutique

  • Pousada Mawimbi: the perfect spot for unwinding, this trendy little property offers rooms that marry tropical and chic styles. Set on the beach, there is a great restaurant and cocktail bar. Value for money!
  • Casa Cat Ba is a chilled beachfront hideway with just 5 bohemian suites, each with views over the beach and ocean from rustic balconies. Sustainable materials and natural colors make this a very relaxing place to stay.

Pure luxury

  • CasaSandra: small and chic boutique hotel right on the beach, boasting gorgeously decorated whitewashed rooms, a sumptuous gourmet restaurant and a cocktail bar. Great for romance.
  • Casa Las Tortugas: a laid-back retreat of just 24 rooms boasting three restaurants, a pampering spa and an effortlessly cool beachside bar, complete with elegant rooms overlooking the courtyard. Utterly divine.

Family friendly

  • Villas HM Palapas del Mar is a 52 room resort hotel with family rooms, an all day Mexican restaurant and two kid friendly pools above the beach. Many of the rooms have private plunge pools of their own, too.

Eco chic

  • Punta Caliza is a 12 room hideaway run by a familiy of artists and designers. Rooms are made of red cedar with thatched roofing, each with its own private pool connected to the central main pool. It's minimalist, but a unique experience. Sign up for yoga at their beach club nearby.
  • For more rustic eco chic, located directly on the ocean front, Las Nubes de Holbox boasts a spa offering traditional Mayan treatments, a gastronomic restaurant, and bungalows for complete privacy.
  • Villas Flamingos is another unique property, made of local materials, where each room is unique. For honeymooners they offer a great honeymoon suite, some have plunge pools, all offer easy access to the beach, and for families and larger groups the Grand Villa can sleep 8.

For an apartment or villa

  • Our partner Booking.com has a wide range of villas and apartments in the nearby area.

Travel information

  • Fly to Cancun and get a 30 minute ferry to Holbox.
  • There are no cars on the island so rent a bike or a golf cart!
  • The temperature doesn't change drastically throughout the year, remaining between 27 and 29 degrees.

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Best Hotels in Holbox

  • Mawimbi Holbox 11 rooms from £125

    Beach Life  -  Located on an island that captures the tropical dream.
    Birdwatching  -  Visit Isla Morena (Bird's Island) and admire the many different varities including flamingoes.
    Diving  -  Learn how to dive with PADI certified instructors.
    Kayaking  -  The hotel provides kayaks free of charge.
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    A colourful boutique property surrounded by palm trees and set on a white sandy beach. White washed rooms are the epitome of boho-chic with natural materials and bright fabrics. Dine on Mexican delicacies and sip cocktails whilst admiring the sunset. The perfect spot for totally unwinding. See More

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  • Villas HM Palapas del Mar Holbox 52 rooms from £186

    Beach Life  -  Set on the white sands of Holbox’s picture-perfect beach — this property is all about days on the sands
    Total relaxation  -  Holbox is relatively undeveloped and has a relaxed, bohemian vibe — perfect for a relaxing beach hideaway
    Families  -  Larger rooms offer two queen size beds and the pool and beach will keep little ones occupied all day
    Restaurant  -  Rooftop sushi restaurant, Tamashi is open in the evenings and there's an all-day Mexican restaurant too
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    A collection of chic beachfront villas on the relatively undeveloped island of Holbox. Rooms are simply styled — all white-on-white with dark wood floors and private terraces (the best have plunge pools). A standout sushi bar and an infinity pool make this a stylish choice for a beach hideaway. See More

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  • Punta Caliza Holbox 14 rooms from £187

    Other Activities  -  Spend your days paddling in the hotel's private pool, which all of the rooms open onto
    Snorkelling  -  Go snorkelling at the nearby Isla Holbox beach to discover the local marine life
    Beach Life  -  The hotel is just one block away from the Isla Holbox beach
    Hideaway  -  Escape the chaos of daily life in this peaceful paradise
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    An elegant family-run hotel in Isla Holbox, minutes from the beach. Modern architecture is combined with ancient Mayan styles to create Punta Caliza's unique feel. Rooms are modern and airy, opening onto a private pool. Mexican/Caribbean daily specials are available for breakfast at the restaurant. See More

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  • Casa Cat Ba Holbox Island 5 rooms from £194

    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the aesthetic of this Mayan-inspired beach bolt-hole; book a luxury suite for a spacious terrace with sea views
    Active Holiday  -  Whether you want to explore the island on a bike tour or go snorkelling in the sea, there is lots for active guests here
    Beach Life  -  Set on a beautiful island surrounded by an azure lagoon in Quintana Roo, this hotel is ideal for a relaxing beach break
    Great walks  -  Wander the coastline on a long walk and discover the beauty of this hidden paradise island
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    Reconnect with nature and re-energise at this villa on the paradise island of Holbox in Mexico's Yucatán Province. Interiors highlight local materials in a natural palette with Wabi-Sabi style. The best of the bohemian suites have sea views from a rustic balcony, perfect for a chic beach break. See More

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  • Casa Las Tortugas Holbox 24 rooms from £203

    Beach Life  -  Popular with kitesurfers and scubadivers for good reason, and for the less sporty- swimming with turtles in the warm waters
    Romantic Break  -  A laid back getaway with hammocks on your patio, sunset cocktails on the roof and empty stretches of beach for strolling
    Kayaking  -  Take a kayak tour through the coastal mangrove forests and spot the friendly flamingos
    Restrictions on children  -  Over 12s only
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Great Small Hotels

    A chilled out beach retreat on the idyllic island of Holbox. Laid back and elegant rooms overlook the courtyard and offer handmade hammocks for chilling. With a choice of three restaurants, wonderful cocktails and an incredible spa which uses local products and treatments. Ultimate relaxation. See More

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  • Las Nubes de Holbox Holbox Island 34 rooms from £216

    Beach Life  -  Located in a picture perfect tropical island and just steps from the beach.
    Kayaking  -  Explore the coast and canals of the island by kayak.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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    A tropical paradise complete with swaying palm trees and powder white sand beaches. Rustic chic rooms feature uneven white washed walls, beamed ceilings and luxurious bathrooms. A romantic terrace restaurant specialises in seafood. Find numerous activities on the island or simply unwind in the spa. See More

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  • Ser CasaSandra Holbox 18 rooms from £237

    Beach Life  -  For cocktails, hammocks and white sandy beaches.
    Sailing  -  Take a boat trip in search of the enourmous whale shark.
    Birdwatching  -  Head to Isla Pajaros, a veritable birder's paradise.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet

    A small boutique property offering the ultimate in laid-back island life. Swinging hammocks, white washed rooms with linen draped beds and just steps from the perfect white sandy beach. A restaurant specialises in seafood (naturally) and cocktails are served in the pool-side bar. Paradise. See More

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  • Villas Flamingos Lazaro Cardenas, Holbox 14 rooms from £495

    Total relaxation  -  The vibe here is super relaxed, almost horizontal- and it rubs off! Bask in the sun, lounge by the pool or indulge in a massage
    Back to Nature  -  Reconnect with nature at this eco resort, the rooms feature local natural materials and give pride of place to oceanviews
    Birdwatching  -  The island is home to a wide range of birds and your private balcony is a perfect place to watch them from
    Riding  -  The beaches here lend themselves perfectly to horseriding, ask at the hotel for details
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    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    A stunning eco-resort on the peaceful island of Holbox. The rooms make elegant use of local crafts and building methods and many of the balconies offer hot tubs. With a private stretch of beach, excellent spa services, and a range of dining options this is the ideal spot to reconnect with nature. See More

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