Holbox Island has sandy streets, colorful Caribbean buildings and uniquely green waters as a result of the mixing of ocean currents. Popularized by a coastline made to jet surf, the odd paddle board, or even swimming with whale sharks, Holbox offers adventure among its isolation, away from the bustle of Cancun.
But don’t let the tranquility fool you – the culture of the island has its own kind of liveliness, especially at night. And there are numerous small events that occur throughout the year that offer a fascinating window into the island’s local culture.
Holbox carnaval arrives in February, when the island becomes enlightened with color, music and laughter. Islanders partake in street parades and processions, and the children dress up in costumes, in celebration.
Come April, however, the island plays host to a famed sport fishing tournament, as part of the celebrations of San Telmo Gonzalez – the Saint of fishermen. An average of 15,000 tourists attend each year, and the event is usually divided into two categories: high fishing and sea shore fishing. Prizes range from money, to brand new motorcycles.
The Gastronomy Fall Festival seems to get bigger every year. And all of the island’s restaurants participate. Live music, barefoot dancing on the beach, cold local beer, and delicious Caribbean, Italian and Mexican specialties make this an event not to be missed.
Among the slew of Caribbean islands, Holbox has repeatedly been listed as one of the greatest Cancun excursions to take. Visit today, and experience an atmosphere that hums with the same unhurried pace that it has for years.