Quick January get away. Left DC at 7:30am and we were eating lunch on the beach by 1:30pm. Isla Holobox used to be a fishing village that has slowly become a tourist destination but for now it still has a small town feel- no large hotels, no cars, lively town square, plenty of good food, a few great shops, gorgeous sandy beaches and endless opportunities to connect with nature. It was the first time we experienced bioluminescence which is astounding.
Travel: Direct flight DC to Cancun, we pre-arranged a round trip private shuttle with Holbox Shuttle they were on time and responsive to all questions. The shuttle took us to Chiquila a 1 1/2 hour drive from the airport where we took a ferry to Holbox which runs every 30 minutes, it is not necessary to buy ferry tickets in advance. Once on the island you can easily get around by foot, bike or golf cart taxis that are readily available.
Other travel tips: Bring pesos it is hard to get money on the island. Bring strong insect repellent.
Lodging: We stayed at Las Nubes which is perfectly located near the end of the island and right on the beach. There are paddle board, kayaks and bikes available for guests. The accommodations are simple but lovely, especially the beach front rooms. Service was very uneven but location was ideal. If I go back I might look into Casa Sandra or an Air B and B.
Excursions: We met Patricio who owns Sacred Mexico and he took us night kayaking to see the stars and bioluminescence, it was unforgettable. He is super knowledgeable and I highly suggest contacting him to arrange exploring the mangroves, sea, pink flamingos, whale sharks (both were not around when we were there)… We also went sailing with him. email@example.com
Food: all with great vegan options and of course amazing seafood- creative thoughtful tapas- Luuma, beautiful beachfront restaurant:- Mandarina low key taco shop, which was probably my favorite meal- Barba Negra good low-key Mexican:- Rosa Mexicana