5 Unmissable Activities To Try On Your Next Trip To Holbox

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Located at the northern tip of Mexico’s Caribbean Sea, Holbox is a beautiful, relaxing little island that has become a popular vacation spot for Riviera Maya tourists. It’s also a place to immerse yourself and enjoy the company of fellow travelers. Having visited the island several times over the past two years, here are some tips on things to do and activities you can’t miss in Holbox.

A view from behind of a tourist relaxing on Holbox Island, Mexico, with his hands above his head on a beach lounger under palm trees on the beach, with ocean views in the background.

Book a 3 island tour

The 3 Islands Tour is one of the most popular tours available in Holbox. Tours consist of half-day excursions, with boats departing at 10:00 AM or 2:00 PM. Travel by motorboat to his three areas around Isla Holbox. Isla Pasion, Isla Pajaros and Yarrahau Lagoon.

Near the lagoon is a small Ojo de Agua where you can cool off in the hot sun (be sure to bring your swimsuit and use biodegradable sunscreen). Bring some pesos if you want to grab a bite to eat at Ojo. Isla Pajaros is an uninhabited island with over 100 species of birds. Once the boat docks, you can walk to a small lookout just off the island to take photos and admire the local flora and fauna.

To book a tour, head to the tourist office in the small town center (near Parque Central) and inquire, where you can easily book a trip for the next day (ask about the weather first! Rainy days are no fun). ). You can also ask about tours at your hotel or hostel in Holbox.

Royal Caspian Tern and Reddish Egret Birds of the Caribbean Sea

See bioluminescence

Holbox, a small and quiet island, still has the natural wonder of bioluminescence. Some fringe travelers try to find it by walking along the beach at night, but you can also join an organized tour where your tour guide knows where to best see this natural phenomenon. Although sightings are not guaranteed, we recommend taking the tour on a clear night with a new moon.

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Sparkling water with bioluminescence.

Spend the day in Punta Coco

Punta Coco is a small, secluded area on the western tip of Holbox Island. If you’re coming from the town centre, it’s a bit of a walk (about an hour’s walk or 20 minutes by golf cart), but it’s definitely worth experiencing this unique side of Holbox. There are usually a few small stalls open where you can buy drinks and snacks. Pack up for a day at the beach and stay to watch the sunset.

Panoramic view of beautiful Holbox island Punta Coco lagoon sandbank and beach with waves turquoise water and blue sky in Quintana Roo Mexico.

hit the beach club

Make the most of paradise and spend the day relaxing at the beach club. This is one of the best ways to spend a day in Holbox. There are numerous beach clubs dotted along the main beach and for a fee he can rent a lounger for the day and guarantee the best ocean views. It usually costs at least 500 pesos. This means you have to pay that much in the restaurant during your stay and it includes a lounger. That means lots of chips, guacamole, micheladas, and whatever your little seaside heart desires.

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Holbox palapa beach loungers on a sunny sunny day with palm trees in the background.

Visit an animal sanctuary

Holbox is home to a small but mighty dog ​​and cat sanctuary called Refugio Animal Holbox, which has been working to help the island’s animals for years. Located a short walk from the beach, it is open all day. Tourists are advised to visit early, usually before it gets hot, and take their dogs for a walk. Remember these are rescue dogs. So it can be a little finicky at times, but the staff can recommend the best dogs for walks based on your preferences.

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Tourists swim in Hoyo Negro Yalahau water hole, Isla Holbox, Mexico

There is a small shop on site, so bring extra cash to buy souvenirs that support the program. refugio You can put some pesos in as a token of appreciation and support their great work.

Many animals are either slated for adoption or have already been adopted and are waiting to be taken to new homes. There is usually a sign for flight volunteers at reception. It’s worth stopping by to see if there are any dogs waiting to be taken to a nearby city.

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