Holbox: a rainbow inside a black hole

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There is a magical point on Earth where the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean embrace and become the same sea. This majestic place has not yet been exploited by tourism like all the others that are part of the Riviera Maya, but little by little tourists begin to visit it more. Let's just say it's still a secret ... but poorly kept.

Holbox Island, Mexico
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For some unknown reason, it was named by the Mayans as Holbox (pronounced hole-bosh), which means "black hole"; perhaps they were seeking to chase outsiders away and keep this paradise hidden.

Getting there is not easy for the common tourist: you can rent a private plane at the Cancun airport that will take you to the island directly or take a taxi that in less than 2 hours will leave you in Chiquilá, a small port where every 30 minutes leaves a ferry to Holbox. It honestly sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is.

Whale Shark
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When you get off the ferry you will see the blue of its waters, palm trees, streets covered with murals, beautiful sunsets and especially sand. Why? Simple: Holbox does not have paved streets. In Holbox there are no noisy cars that are used for private or public transport. If you want to move there are 3 options: walking, golf carts or bicycles. That is, in part, what makes Holbox something magnificent and unique: to think that you are less than 2 hours from Cancun, which is full of music, businesses, tourists, lights, vendors ... and then Holbox, with its peace, its views, the calm with which the sea and the locals move.

Bioluminescence in Holbox
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If this is not enough to make you want to know it, there is more: between June and September the largest fish in the world, the whale shark, visits the island and lets you swim with it; you don't have to worry: it only eats phytoplankton, so it's impossible for it to find you appetizing. In these same months, bioluminescence occurs, which is a nocturnal phenomenon where tiny marine organisms when colliding with each other and the sand, emit an almost neon light of silver, blue and green colors, near the seashore, as long as the moonlight does not fall on the water.

Pink Flamingos
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You will also find local people who will offer you an incredible tour that you cannot miss: the Three Islands Tour, where you will take a boat (if that day you are lucky, the dolphins will accompany you, but we do not promise) that will make 3 stops; first you will get to Isla Pájaros, with more than 150 species of birds, among them is the white pelican and the pink flamingo, which is emblematic of Holbox and a favorite with tourists. Then you will go to Isla Pasión, an incredible island full of fantastic flora that you can visit while walking on the seashore. And finally the most special site: Yahalau, which is an incredible cenote with crystal clear water and a sacred place for the Mayan culture.

On this island there are luxury but small hotels, as well as beautiful hostels at affordable prices. Here you will find a different tourism, quiet, respectful of nature, delicious food and a lot of peace.

Check our Hotel, Restaurant and Experiences sections to see the options we recommend and enjoy Holbox with the best selection that only My Guide Mexico offers you!