Magical Escapes: This Car-Free Island in the Mexican Caribbean is Known as a ‘Mini Tulum’

In Cancún, Playa del Carmen & Tulum, Stay, Stay by Christina Silvestri

For those looking for a true escape from it all, the magical island getaway of Isla Holbox in the Mexican Caribbean is calling.

Often referred to as a “mini Tulum” due to its laidback, bohemian vibe, Holbox is a small, car-free island located on the northeastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. This tropical paradise is known for its stunning beauty and charming atmosphere, making it a popular destination for travelers seeking a relaxing and rejuvenating escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The island attracts artists, creatives, nature enthusiasts and wellness seekers, where eco-friendly and sustainable outdoor activities abound.

Beyond boasting beautiful white-sand beaches hugged by turquoise blue waters, Isla Holbox is home to over 300 species of birds—including bright pink flamingos!—where some of Mexico’s most breathtaking and colorful sunsets can also be found.

The absence of cars helps to maintain the peaceful and relaxed atmosphere of the island, making it a unique and charming destination. Hop on a golf cart, rent a bicycle or go on horseback riding tour to explore the island.

Where to Stay

Nômade Holbox

Here’s your chance to stay in a real life, adults-only tree house.

Nômade Holbox is a five-star hotel located on Holbox Island. This luxurious resort is situated in a prime location, offering stunning views of the Caribbean Sea.

With only 30 rooms, the hotel’s design and architecture reflect its commitment to eco-friendly and sustainable tourism practices, where natural materials, such as wood and stone, and the incorporation of lush vegetation and local flora, can be found throughout the holistic beachfront property.

The treehouse suite, pictured above, stands seven meters tall within the intimacy of the jungle, and is designed to coexist with the surrounding unspoiled natural environment.

The hotel’s wellness programming offers heart-expanding yoga classes on the ocean deck to private wataflow sessions with in-house sirens.

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How to Get There

Isla Holbox is easily accessible from both Cancun and Tulum. From Cancun, take a 2.5-hour drive to the town of Chiquila, where you can then catch a short 30-minute ferry to Holbox Island.

To get to Holbox Island from Tulum, drive to Chiquila, which takes about 2 hours, and then take the ferry directly to Holbox. Alternatively, there are also direct shuttle buses available from Tulum to Holbox Island, which take approximately 2.5 hours.

Isla Holbox is a magical destination in Mexico, offering visitors a chance to experience stunning natural beauty, a charming atmosphere and wide range of activities and amenities in the heart of the Mexican Caribbean. Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach, engage in water sports, or immerse yourself in the island’s bohemian culture, Isla Holbox has something to offer everyone.

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The Mexican Caribbean (which includes Cancun and Tulum) has proven to be one of the hottest destinations for traveling in the world. The area has grown significantly in the recent years and offers the best luxurious hotels, restaurants, beach clubs, condos and houses.

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