By Morgan Bogs
Just north of the Yucatán Peninsula, this relaxed island is something to experience. Holbox is an underdeveloped island town north of Cancun with plenty of charm. No cars, paved roads or thousands of tourists you usually see flooding the streets creates the perfect mix for a laid back vacation full of memories. The island is known for its unique escape from traditional vacation spots throughout Mexico, and is catching the attention of those who value simplicity. The crystal blue waters, colorful buildings and quiet ambiance will reassure you that this island can offer you the most simple yet luxurious getaway. Start packing, because we list some of the coolest places and things to do that will have you planning your vacation very soon.
Where can you stay?
Las Nubes Holbox Hotel
This eco-chic hotel situated northeastern of the town of Holbox is the definition of relaxation. The amenities include quiet guest rooms, a vibrant beach bar surrounded by sand and lush palm trees, a picture-perfect restaurant patio and plenty of choices for outdoor activities. Spend your days here disconnecting from the rest of world. Tune into the luxury of quiet beaches, paddle boarding followed by yoga and a delicious cocktail to end the day. If this doesn’t already have you planning a trip to Holbox, then we don’t know what will! Book here.
Villas HM Palapas del Mar
Where simplicity meets luxury. This hotel includes private villas with the option of private pools, a chic sky bar and restaurant, and is steps away from the fine sand beaches and blue waters. Indulge in an exclusive island escape, while maintaining comfort and style. The hotel is a short ten minute walk from the center of Holbox. Come prepared to sip a drink in a hammock and explore the local offerings of this gorgeous island. Book here.
What is there to do?
Explore the island on a bike. Since Holbox is a car-free island, the best way to get around is a bike. There is also the option of golf carts, but on a bike you can fully immerse yourself into the simplicity of the island and truly go where you want to go. Check out these bike rentals.
Swim with the whale sharks. Holbox is known for being the home of some friendly whale sharks. If you aren’t scared, put on a life jacket and snorkeling gear and hop on in! Learn more and book Holbox Whale Shark Tours here.
Take a picture in the Holbox hammocks. The famous hammocks along the beach are a popular attraction for tourists. Grab a drink and get the Instagram-worthy photo to always remind you of the best vacation.
What are the best places to eat?
A good drink and good meal is necessary when on vacation. Whether is it a romantic night out or a quick bite, finding the best restaurants is important. Below we will list some of the best spots for some great late night tacos, Instagram-worthy drinks and food by the beach.
Viva Zapata Grill: Casual restaurant to get your taco and seafood fix after a long day at the beach. Hop on one of their bar swings or a table on the patio and enjoy your relaxing vacation.
Barquito Mawimbi Beach Bar & Restaurant: Placed literally on the white sand beach, this restaurant is perfect for an ice cold beverage paired with chips and guacamole. Sit at a table, get in a hammock, or lounge by the beach. Just make sure to enjoy the view.
Luuma: Handcrafted pretty cocktails, detailed dishes and lush plants with a trendy ambiance, this restaurant has to be on your list. Get your fancy flip flops on and head over to this modern restaurant for an Instagram photoshoot.