Holbox Island is a small piece of heaven on earth just north of the eastern side of the Yucatan Peninsula. Measuring only 26 miles long and 1 mile wide, this island is comprised of 22 miles of white and coral sand beach. It is considered one of the most important ecological spots amongst the Caribbean islands as it boasts a great diversity of ecosystems.
Holbox is located exactly where the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea meet, making these the richest waters of the region, home to a wide variety of marine life. Here it is easy, while swimming or snorkeling, to spot whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, lobsters, octopus, eagle rays and sea turtles, amongst many other marine species. The Yalahau Lagoon separates the island from the mainland and is a popular spot for nature lovers with more than 150 types of birds, reptiles and fish.
Holbox is ideal for those who appreciate nature and the tranquility of an “off the beaten track” tourist destination. Shallow waters surrounding the island allow for easy swimming for children and the elderly. Even fishing enthusiasts flock to the island thanks to it being one of the biggest tarpon habitats in the world. Bird lovers will find on the smaller islands, like Tres Islas and Isla Pájaros, a variety of species that include flamingos, white and brown pelicans, scarlet ibis and great white egret, boat-billed herons and many more.
The big attraction of course is the biggest congregation of whale sharks in the region during the months of June through September. These gentle giants are slow, docile swimmers and are a unique attraction for snorkeling enthusiasts. So make sure you include Holbox Island on your list of places to visit!