Isla Holbox is just… WOW. Full of colourful street art, birds, tacos (obvs), and the most insanely green, serene, calm sea. It’s small enough to do in a day (although I’d recommend spending longer if you can) – so here are some tips for what to do in Isla Holbox.
What to do in Isla Holbox
Head to the hammocks early
The hammocks are one of the most famous things on the island, so they can get busy. It’s worth going early when there’s barely anyone there.
Just take a tuk tuk to Villas Flamingos – home to the ‘holbox’ hammocks – which is about a 20-30 min ride.
If you get there early enough, they should be all yours to hop in and relax.
Note – I say ‘hop in’. It’s really not that easy! I was extremely ungraceful clambering in, but I made it.
Stroll around and soak in the colourful streets
The town itself is small & easy to walk around on foot.
Where to eat
They have the best tacos, ceviche – and cocktail menu. I had the “House Special” cocktail – tequila, honey, lime, cucumber and mint. Mmmmmmm.
Where to chill
In the afternoon, we strolled down the beach and headed to Punta Coco.
There are more hammocks, some more beaut shallow water, and a very rustic bar where you can buy beers.
How to get to Isla Holbox – from Playa Del Carmen
1. On the road
If you want to take public transport, it’s easy to take a bus from Playa. But if you can, I’d recommend hiring a car because it’s much quicker, you can beat the crowds and get there early. Plus it’s way cheaper, if you share it with a mate.
So we hired a car from Playa Del Carmen, for around 30 USD. For 2 people, one night, and included insurance.
To get there, drive to Chiquila – from Playa it’s basically just one straight road, with Holbox signposted the whole way. Easy peasy.
Then when you get to Chiquila, there’s heaps of parking close to the boats; we paid 50 mexican pesos for 12 hours (which is less than 3 USD).
2. Take a boat
At Chiquila, take a boat to the island. Ferries go every 30 minutes, but we were lucky – there were loads of private boats waiting to take people to the island.
So we got our own private speedboat, for the same price as the regular ferry (120 pesos, under 7 USD, each). It only took 20 mins – and it felt pretty baller. 😎
Then when you want to back, just take another ferry back to Chiquila, pick up the car & head on home.
Take me back 🙏
I could have stayed there for days, weeks, maybe even months. It’s so unbelievably chilled that it’d be great to stay overnight for some R&R.
As it’s very small, accommodation can be a bit sparse so check out booking.com as they often have some great deals on.
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