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Introducing holidays to Holbox

For the ultimate Caribbean island getaway, head to Holbox. This small island, just off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, has unspoilt beaches of dazzling white sand, turquoise waters, and oodles of rustic charm. There are no cars – people get around by bike, golf buggy or moped – and the little town is a picture-postcard jumble of colourful houses. Holbox is ideal for romance, for a relaxing holiday with the kids, or whether you simply want to soak up some peace and tranquillity in breathtaking surroundings. The scuba diving and snorkelling here are outstanding, and you’ll marvel at the myriad of multi-coloured aquatic creatures – as well as the whale sharks and turtles – that inhabit these waters.

Top attractions

Top attractions

An utterly blissful island retreat, Holbox boasts breathtaking beaches, superb scuba diving and snorkelling, beautiful nature reserves inhabited by rare birds, and a colourful little main town. It’s the perfect destination for sheer relaxation.  There’s a wide choice of accommodation, from chic boutique hotels to rustic guest houses, and, despite the island’s tiny size, a host of things to do. You can bask in the sunshine on the heavenly beaches and enjoy the magnificent sunsets. Go snorkelling or scuba diving around the stunning coral reefs, swim with whale sharks, or take a boat tour to the Isla de Pajaros (Bird Island) to see the flamingos and a host of endangered bird species. You could also browse through the charming shops and boutiques of Holbox Town, stopping for a break in one of the inviting cafés and bars.

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Eating out

Eating out

There is a good choice of restaurants on Holbox, most of which are concentrated in Holbox Town. Most of them serve traditional Mexican food, although you’ll also find places that specialise in the region’s superb seafood. These are as relaxed and laid-back as you’d expect from this sleepy island paradise. You can tuck into local delicacies from the Yucatan peninsula such as panuchos or salbutes, which are tortillas stuffed with black beans, and topped with meat, vegetables and avocado. Other tasty dishes to try are the tamales, dough parcels stuffed with meat or cheese with vegetables and chillies, which are wrapped in banana leaves or cornhusks and steamed.

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Families

Families

Holbox has all the ingredients for a perfect family holiday in the sunshine! Laid-back and relaxed, it oozes Caribbean-style tranquillity. Its blissful beaches are perfect for kids of all ages, with their fine white sand and shallow waters. There are plenty of water sports on offer if you’re travelling with older children or teens, you can rent bikes or kayaks, and of course the snorkelling and scuba diving are out of this world. The restaurants are relaxed and child-friendly, and the activities on offer include swimming with whale sharks, watching the flamingos at sunset, and taking a glass-bottomed boat tour to see turtles and other exotic aquatic creatures.

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Action & Adventure

Action & Adventure

There are all sorts of things to do on Holbox, but the scuba diving and snorkelling are truly outstanding. There are lots of local suppliers that rent out equipment and run excursions to the best dive sites. Fishing is also a very popular activity, whether you want to charter a boat or try your hand at fly-fishing. The island is small and flat, ideal for getting around by bike or even on horse-back, and you might spot flamingos or pelicans. For the best bird-watching experience, take a boat trip to the Isla de Pajaros (‘Bird Island’): you are sure to spot myriad bird species from the specially built hides.

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Beaches

Beaches

Holbox is a tiny island that is only about 26 miles long and less than a mile wide, and is separated by a shallow lagoon from the mainland. Stunning beaches of fine white sand stretch along virtually the entire coastline, all blessed with pristine waters. The main beach is Holbox Beach, which fronts the main town on the island, and has the widest range of facilities. The further away from the town you walk, the quieter it becomes. One of the loveliest beaches is Punta Mosquito, which, despite the name, is a spectacular, shallow beach where you can usually spot flamingos between April and October. Punta Coco, on the western shores, is the best place to watch sunsets, making it a favourite with honeymooners.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

Holbox is an island that people return to again and again for its magical sense of tranquillity and relaxation. You won’t find a big bar or club scene, but you will find a host of chilled-out beach bars and cafés where you can settle in to enjoy a margarita or two as you soak up one of the legendary sunsets. There’s a laid-back, upbeat Caribbean vibe, and some occasionally host live music or other entertainment. Several of the hotels have pool bars or rooftop bars, and you might also fancy one of the sunset boat tours, which often include dinners and drinks.

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Couples

Couples

What could be more romantic than a blissful Caribbean island, famous for its beaches and glorious sunsets? A place so relaxed and laid-back that there aren’t even any cars – just a few golf buggies and bikes? Holbox Island ticks every box when it comes to an idyllic destination for romance. You could simply soak up the sunshine on the fine, white sands, or take a siesta together in a double hammock under the palm trees. Or perhaps go for a couples massage at an all inclusive hotel spa, followed by a margarita on the beach, soaking up the spectacular sunset. The scuba diving and snorkelling are superb here, and there are lots of other activities on offer, including kayaking and bird-watching.

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Culture

Culture

Holbox’s greatest treasure is its unspoilt natural beauty. The little island is home to a wide array of bird and animal life, and a multitude of aquatic creatures are found in the crystal-clear waters. There are no historic monuments or museums on the island, but local operators offer a range of tours to some of the major Mayan monuments, such as the temple of Chichen Itza, on the Yucatan Peninsula. Many of the tours to Chichen Itza include a visit to the historic city of Valladolid, which is full of elegant colonial architecture that dates back to the 16th century.

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