Holbox Island

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Holbox Island
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TXRacingFan
Dallas, TX31 contributions
Pros and Cons of Holbox and Tips
Jun 2021 • Couples
My wife and I just returned from a week on Isla Holbox in Mexico. This was our first time there and I put together some Pros/Cons/Tips to help you plan your trip there. Hope you find them helpful.

Pros
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- The island is beautiful and the beaches are amazing. The water is very shallow and you can walk a good distance out on the sandbar.
- The locals are really friendly.
- There are no cars allowed on the island. You will see some delivery trucks.
- The food (for the most part) is really good, especially in town. At night in the town square there are food cart vendors and it smells amazing.
- If you are looking to truly unplug then this is the perfect vacation spot for you!

Cons
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- Hard to get to - flight to Cancun, 2 hr car ride to Chiquila, 30 min ferry ride to Holbox (you can book a puddle jumper flight from Cancun to Holbox but it’s pricey)
- There are no cars here so you either walk, rent a bicycle, rent a golf cart or rely on the golf cart taxis.
- Depending on your cell carrier, cell service is spotty on the island
- WiFi is horrible on the island
- If it rains heavily, the streets flood and the golf cart taxis will not take you to certain parts of the island due to the street conditions. Some of the taxi drivers will just stop working when it rains. If you walk you will be walking through mud and puddles. Plan your trip around the rainy season.
- It’s easy to get a golf cart taxi from your hotel to town but sometimes difficult trying to get one back to your hotel. You’ll go to the designated taxi service spot and there will be no taxis and you’ll wait a long time, if one shows up at all.
- The mosquitoes are horrible mostly in the evenings.
- Be prepared to deal with flies whenever you dine especially if sitting outside.
- If you like scuba diving, it is not allowed on Holbox. There are no really good snorkeling locations there. It’s all about enjoying the beach.

Tips
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- Hire a private transfer from Cancun to Holbox if you don’t want to share the 2 hr ride from Cancun airport to Chiquila. We used Transfer Holbox.
- Bring industrial strength mosquito repellant. The mosquitoes here don’t play!!!
- Bring itch cream, like Cortaid. See previous tip!
- Bring lots of sunscreen!
- Clothes to bring - Don’t bring anything but your swimsuit, shorts, t-shirts and underwear. There’s no place that you need to dress up for.
- Don’t bring any good shoes, especially if it’s rainy season. They will get ruined. All you need are flip flops or sandals.
- Do your currency exchange before arriving and bring what you think you will need in Mexican pesos, with a lot of small bills. A lot of the stores here are cash only. The ATM machines are limited.
- Notify your credit card company that you will be traveling to Mexico.
- Plan on taking at least two showers a day - once after you’re done at the beach before dinner and once before you go to bed to wash off the mosquito repellant.
- Due to the WiFi and cell service deficiencies on the island, Google any questions you may have and print off the answers to bring with you.
- Google a map of the island and of the downtown area, print them off and bring them with you. Waze does not work there.
- Make sure the hotel you book has air conditioning. You’ll need it!
- Pick your hotel location based on your preference. The closer to town your hotel the louder things are. We stayed at Villas Flamingos on the east side. It is about as far from town as you can get. There is only one hotel farther, Las Nubes, but that hotel blasts music throughout the day ruining your relaxing and quiet vibe.
- If you can, try to eat in town rather than your hotel. The food is so much better, cheaper and you get larger portions.
- If you want the famous lobster pizza make sure lobster is in season!
- Make friends with a golf cart taxi driver, tip them heavily and arrange for them to basically be your private taxi to take you to/from your hotel when needed.
- Currently (as of 6/6/2021) you still need to have a negative Covid test 72 hrs before returning to the U.S. You can schedule the test on your own or through your hotel. Both the antigen and PCR tests are accepted by the airlines.
- If you use Splenda, bring your own. I didn’t see it at our hotel restaurant or any of the restaurants in town.
Written 10 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Janet S
Denver, CO11 contributions
Hustle in Paradise
May 2021
This is an absolutely beautiful island -- too bad the locals have turned it into one giant hustle - be prepared to feel like a "target" --

From being shaken down by the local cabs - to plain ol' overpriced scams. Be very careful about booking tours - for instance, the biolum kayak tour consisted of kayaking out to 5 feet of water and jumping in. Not exactly what they make it look like in their "tour package" -- and everything is ridiculously overpriced -- Priced like Cancun, without the service or savvy --

As soon as you arrive, get your OWN golf cart -- they have cab drivers who have come from other countries that will shake you down.

So, best advice, bring all of your own toys, and avoid the locals - you will have a great time.
Written 15 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Barbara G
Wels, Austria29 contributions
Avoid this island
May 2021 • Solo
Never ever again...it’s a super noisy crowded island. Tourism did destroy the whole island. If you like to get ripped off, go there.
Written 14 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

ceci
Akumal, Mexico8 contributions
A little piece of paradise
May 2021 • Family
Do not miss the opportunity to come to this island. Its magical. Relaxing. The sea is fantastic but not in front of the centre of the island. The best you will find from the kitesurfing school and more to the west part of the island. We stayed in Hm pallapas del Mar and the sea there is outstanding and appropriate for kids as its very shallow for many meters.

Be mindful that the taxi drivers don't respect the fare that the municipality has set. These are on an enormous billboard in the middle of the town exactly where the taxi queue is. The driver just charges whatever comes in his head per day but your best bet is to take a picture of that and just pay the fare written. The hotel did say that these are the right fares that the taxis should respect but they just dont. Don't loose your temper, just pay as per the map and leave. They all communicate with each other via what's app and they try to not hagle down just FYI. The prices
are not expensive but they do charge for example 100 pesos vs 70.
Indicative centre to hm palapas is 40, port to the same hotel 50 and hotel to Carolina plaza is 70.

Also in the Internet you will find many pictures of the famous swing in the water. It's not worth going! It's not even in the sea and to see it there must be flood. The beach is not nice and anyway there are swings all over the island, go to those!
Written 13 May 2021
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Giulia73
Stockholm, Sweden109 contributions
Paradise on earth
May 2021 • Couples
When we first got to the island I was a little bit in shock since there were no real streets and it felt a little bit rough. But so wrong I was!
The island is amazing. Don’t miss a walk in the ocean towards Punta Mosquito or a walk on the beach to Punta Coco. There are restaurants for every taste and people are super friendly!
Unforgettable stay!
Written 6 May 2021
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connierideout16
Playa del Carmen, Mexico408 contributions
Our first time
May 2021 • Couples
If you love a rustic, carefree vibe surrounded by one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, you have found it.

This little island is full of charm and delights. No paved roads, golf carts and bicycles are the main means of transport and the locals are super warm and welcoming.

Amazing variety of restaurants and eats sure to please everyone from budget friendly to all out splurge.

We stayed at a little boutique hotel called Aloha. Walking distance to the main square, a short 2 min walk to the beach and tucked away enough to escape the noise of the main hub. Awesome staff, super clean and spacious rooms with a pool.

Holbox is an island to chill and relax. You can walk the endless miles of sandy beach, paddleboard, curl up with a book under one of many palapas on the beach or go on a night adventure to discover use bioluminescence. Sunsets, sandbars and a gentle breeze always there to greet you.

We stayed for three nights and it was the perfect amount of time to get a taste of the island.

If you love murals you will be in heaven as they are splashed everywhere. Incredible talent.

Ferries run frequently from Chiquila and back. Only a 20 min ride, you are here in no time. Lots of golf cart taxis to happily escort you to your accommodatioms for 40-60 pesos.

You need only bring a bikini/swimming trunks, flip flops, sunscreen and a hat!
Written 3 May 2021
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Lorena C
Cancun, Mexico36 contributions
Quick tips and review
Apr 2021 • Friends
I went for the weekend from Cancún. The bus to Chiquilá is $298. The ferry round trip is $440 and you can buy it on the bus with card. They also accept card for the bus tickets.

Arriving the island look for your staying in maps, because is probably like 10 minutes away by walk, so you won't need a taxi (are golf carts, the town is really small)

There's only 3 ATM, 1 is CiBanco in the main street tiburón ballena and the interest for withdrawal is $17 (really chip), another one in the main square and is BBVA, but is not always working or with money. And another internacional one, a street away from the main square but the comission is for like $60. I highly recommend arrive already with all the cash you can, because the places that accept card, charge between 3 to 5% extra for each pursache.

The ocean is like a huge pool and the sunsets are incredible.
Written 28 April 2021
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KristinFilut
Minneapolis, MN152 contributions
PARADISE!
Apr 2021 • Friends
I didn’t know exactly what to expect for my week on Isla Holbox, but it was so much more amazing that I every could have imagined. The beach is beautiful and incredibly walkable. The town is quaint and beautiful - great food everywhere we went, friendly people, good shopping, bustling night life. I can’t wait to get back!
Written 11 April 2021
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Mimithenomad
Holbox Island, Mexico41 contributions
I love this island and the lovely people!
Mar 2021
This is real Mexico (except the prices of course). I absolutely love this island and how kind Mexicans are. This island is authentic. The fact there are no cars makes it so much more relaxing! I will be coming back!!

P.s do not expect good signal and everywhere to take card! However there is a reliable atm machine to use near the mayors office!
Written 21 March 2021
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Travelbound44
Rotonda West, FL589 contributions
Why everyone raves about Holbox is beyond me!
Mar 2021
We had a 3 day stay and it poured for a day. Weather is not controlled by Holbox but what follows can be. The streets are flooded and with few sidewalks, getting around is not easy. During rain, most places shut down because it's all outside. Been to one island and you have been to them all.
Written 16 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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