Yucatan Islands: Isla Holbox

Last Updated: December 10, 2012 by
Categories: Mexico

Isla HolboxOne of the best spots in the Yucatan is Isla Holbox, a small island off of the northeastern edge of the peninsula. The island came to my attention at least ten years ago when the owners of the former Caribe Blu hotel and dive shop starting taking guests there to snorkel with whale sharks during the summer. It has always been on our list of places to visit and we finally did so last week.

The island is what most people dream about when they hear the word “tropical island”: white sand, swaying palm trees, fresh seafood, cool bars on the water, and a slow pace of life. The slow pace of life is headlined by the lack of cars and paved roads (virtually none and none). You could spend a week here without wearing shoes and most people do. A few years ago the whale shark tours attracted a young mix of Mexican, Italian, Spanish and American entrepreneurs who have set up shop on the island and the island is better for it. You want anitpasto, lobster ravioli, spanish tortas or french pastry? You’ll find it here.

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