Dreamy, sleepy, enchanting, and peaceful are just a few words to describe this island on the verge of becoming a major tourist attraction.  I am blessed to know it before it officially has streets, traffic lights, and bustling tourists from every corner of the earth.

The charm of unpaved streets

The charm of unpaved streets in Holbox

The irony of finding a gem is that what makes it so special is also just “about” to morph and change into a town where people will stand in line to take a photo in front of the letters that spell the beach town.  However, I am happy to share my experience with all of you so that you are ready for your first visit.

First comes first:

GETTING THERE FROM PLAYA DEL CARMEN:  The good news for those of you that want to experience Holbox, is that you no longer have to take a bus to Cancun and then transfer to another bus. There is now a direct bus that leaves Playa Del Carmen at 9:20am (Juarez Station only) and the ride lasts two hours and 20 minutes. It arrives just in time for the noon ferry! The ferry takes about 18 to 25 minutes.

***Special Hint: the red ferry is nicer and quicker. It also costs the same as the blue one. Getting to this island considered as 1 of 5 most peaceful in the world—just got easier!

holbox express red

LODGING:  I stayed at Tribu and I am so glad I did.  There were like minded individuals there ready to explore the island and to share memorable times with.  I am aware that the hostel environment is not for everyone, but you can get private rooms and enjoy the social aspect as well.  Personally, I love hostels because it gives me the chance as a solo traveler to meet people and listen to their stories and backgrounds.

For more info about Tribu: TribuHostel

Tribu Hostel in Holbox

Tribu Hostel in Holbox

FOOD:  For breakfast, I went to this charming place called “La Isla del Colibri” and I was hooked after the first visit.  It has a rustic feel and a casual vibe.  This local spot serves wonderful meals, fruit juices, smoothies, Mexican specialties, and a decent cup of coffee.  I loved taking photos here and immersing myself in the local colors.  Although this place is open for all three meals, I only went for breakfast.  Just look at the colors!  What isn’t there to love?  I believe this family agreed with me!


Swiss/Mexican family in Holbox.  Saludos amigos!

Swiss/Mexican family in Holbox. Saludos amigos!

Hands down the best place on the island to grab lunch or dinner for me was RAICES.  Do not miss it and their fabulous Pescado Tikinxic.  The service, the vibe, the food, and the beach here are amazing.  They also have live music which makes it all better in an instant.  I went here almost every day that I was there.Raices

pescado tikinxic

Pescado Tikinxic


Visit Yum Balam on the south side.  I am aware that one of the best things to do on the island is to go on an excursion and visit the flamingos on Isla Passion.  However, few take the stroll to the most deserted part of the island where you will find complete solitude and wildlife.  It is a bit of a walk or bike ride, but it is worth it in the end to find yourself secluded in ultimate bliss.  Make sure not to miss this part of the island.  Your only company will be many beautiful birds and iguanas.

end of holbox



Finally, do not miss the absolutely AMAZING sunsets.

Holbox Island, Mexico

Holbox Island, Mexico

I could not do an article about Holbox without mentioning my travel partner in crime.  Winnie from TheToothFairyTravels.  Gracias amiga for exploring this part of the world with me.