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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 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.

One of Holbox's greatest boons 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 in sight.

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

Of course, you can't talk about Holbox without talking about the beaches. With miles and miles of golden sand shoring glittering turquoise waters, all in the shade of palm and coconut trees laden with handmade 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 find crocodiles!

What not to miss

  • Go on a wildlife tour of the nearby islets, lagoons and mangroves, spotting crocodiles and flamingos!
  • Swim with whale sharks, the gentlest of giants.
  • Sip a mojito in a hammock on the beach!
  • Hire a golf cart and explore the island.
  • Take a boat trip out to an uninhabited island.
  • Go snorkelling in the clear blue waters.

Holbox is a tropical idyll, the perfect seaside escape from crowds and noise. 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!
  • CasaSandra: small and chic boutique hotel right on the beach, boasting gorgeously decorated whitewashed rooms, a sumptuous gourmet restaurant and a cocktail bar. Good for couples.

Pure luxury

  • Casa Las Tortugas: a laid-back retreat boasting three restaurants, a pampering spa and an effortlessly cool beachside bar, complete with elegant rooms overlooking the courtyard. Utterly divine.

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.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Holbox

  • Pousada Mawimbi 11 rooms from £98

    Holbox

    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.

    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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  • CasaSandra 18 rooms from £207

    Holbox

    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.

    Beach Life  -  Think 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.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
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  • Las Nubes de Holbox 34 rooms from £213

    Holbox Island

    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.

    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.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Casa Las Tortugas 24 rooms from £243

    Holbox

    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.

    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
    Resort
    Kayaking  -  Take a kayak tour through the coastal mangrove forests and spot the friendly flamingos
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Great Small Hotels
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  • Villas Flamingos 14 rooms from £487

    Lazaro Cardenas, Holbox

    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 jacuzzis. With a private stretch of beach, excellent spa services, and a range of dining options this is the ideal spot to reconnect with nature.

    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
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels
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