The little known Holbox Island is a beautiful tropical paradise just waiting to be discovered by travellers who prefer exploring places that are off the beaten track. Situated to the north west of Cancun, the island is separated from the mainland by a shallow lagoon which gives sanctuary to thousands of flamingos, pelicans and other exotic birds.
Most of the locals who live on Holbox Island make their living fishing and it is common to see fishermen walking through the village with their catch of the day or carrying their nets. The roads on the island are of the same sand found on the shore and can be travelled either by walking, biking or electric golf carts (available for rent).
The shores of the island are lined with wide beaches that offer plenty of room for sunbathers, beach walkers and kite boarders. The main beach is about one and a half miles long and there are more beaches to walk and discover in more remote island locations. Activity options include sea kayaking, swimming with whale sharks, snorkeling, scuba diving and bird watching.
For those who are looking for the best restaurants on the island be sure to visit one these recommended favourites:
Located on the beach in front of the Las Palapas Hotel this classy Mediterranean restaurant boasts a variety of cold and hot dishes, juices and specialities representing various regions of Italy, thanks to an in-house Italian chef. Don’t miss his famous cheesecake and enjoy the view of the sea with a refreshing juice or cocktail in hand from under the shade of one the poolside palapas.
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Located at the Casa Las Tortugas Hotel this luxurious beachside restaurant offers a unique blend of Caribbean and Mediterranean organic-based food. Homemade specialities include bread, croissants, cakes, papaya jam and even habanero salsa. Fish is purchased daily from local fishermen and farmers from nearby villages deliver fresh organic fruit and vegetables twice a week, resulting in a healthy and delicious dining experience every day.