Holbox is only 42km long and is an island located northwest of Cancun. It is perfect for those seeking the calm tranquility of a fisherman’s village in a paradise setting. Here you can truly enjoy the simple things in life and take time to bond with Nature. It is about 2 hours drive from Cancun or you can get there by boat from Punta Sam.
Hotels & Restaurants in Holbox
The hotels in Holbox are mainly small and rustic, or boutique hotels, and there are many restaurants where you can sample the most delicious dishes made with seafood caught the same day by the local fishermen while enjoying the most spectacular sunsets you have ever seen. The menus range from typical Mexican food to International cuisine.
Things to do in Holbox
Holbox Island is a sanctuary to thousands of wild species such as dolphins, pelicans, turtles, flamingos and other exotic birds. Holbox is surrounded by sandy unspoiled beaches, crystal clear waters ideal for windsurfing, kite surfing, snorkeling, sailing or kayaking and one of a kind experiences like swimming with the famous Domino whale shark if you arrive in the right season, or crocodile watching.
Whale sharks are the gentle giants of the ocean. They are the largest fish in the world measuring up to 40 feet (12 meters) and weighing up to 15 tons. Fortunately for those of us that want to swim with the whale shark they are totally harmless and peaceful. During your vacation in Cancun you have the once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close to one of these amazing creatures. If adventurers want to take advantage of this phenomenon, you must bear in mind that the whale sharks are usually found around the islands of Holbox and Contoy from May until September, although mostly during the months of July and August. They gather here due to the nutrient -rich water around these shores. In fact, 30th August has now been formally established as the Mexican Day of the Whale Shark.
You can book tours to swim with the whale sharks leaving Cancun from Punta Sam, which last about 5 hours, or you can take a trip to Isla Holbox and book it while you are there. If you choose to experience swimming with the whale shark you will be accompanied by experts who will provide you with all the necessary information to better understand the behaviour of these wonderful creatures.
A visit to Holbox is truly an unforgettable experience.