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Isla Holbox Travel Guide: 68 reviews and 117 photos


Isla Holbox is a very beautiful and quiet litte island in the Yucatan.
We chose this remote island because it's way less "touristy" than Cozumel or Isla Mujeres. If you're looking for some privacy in a laid-back atmosphere then this is the place for you to be.

All transportation on the island is by golfcarts, motorbikes, bicycles, & of course walking!

The roughly 1600 locals who make Holbox their home are mainly fishermen who ply their trade every morning before sunrise. The days catch includes Lobster $12lb for fresh Caught Tails, Grouper $2lb, Baracuda, Yellowtail, Red Snapper, Speckled Trout, Conch, Octopus, and many more "Fruits of la Mer". FRESH EVERY DAY!

There is NO bank on Isla Holbox and NO ATMs. Even exchanging money can be a hassle and sometimes not possible. Bring Mexican Pesos or U.S.D., nothing else works. Many businesses do not accept credit cards or travelers checks, cash only.

It is cheaper to bring your own food if you plan to cook.
You can eat the fish you catch! You can of course buy water on the island.

By the way: Isla Holbox is pronounced i-la holebosh - "x" in Mayan is pronounced "sh".


* Nice people
* A little bit "off the beaten path"
* Beautiful beach
* Reasonable prices


If you go there with the intention to spend a few quiet days with lots of quality-time for yourself then there are no real con's!

  • Last visit to Isla Holbox: Jan 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Oct 23, 2007 at 6:02 PM

    It would be nice to know the name of this special repellent they have on the island. Ihave been vacationing here several months a year for 7 years now, and this is a new one for me.


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