Isla Holbox

We left Holbox with mixed feelings. Let me explain why.

We got a bus from Tulum center all the way to Chiquila about, 3.5hrs away. In Chiquila, you need to take a 30min ferry that drops you off at the Isla Holbox port. Easy.

Holbox is a small island located on the north-eastern side of Mexico.

Due to its size and remote location it lacks certain infrastructure, such as paved roads. This means when it rains, they flood. So as we arrived at the ferry port we decided to walk to our accommodation as it wasn’t too far from the port. With it being rainy season, in true form it had rained heavily the day before, so the flooded roads made it significantly harder to reach our hotel. It was pretty annoying having to struggle with our bags around huge puddles on the somewhat boggy roads.

Our hotel was very nice. New, with a small covered pool and lovely furniture and atmosphere. Our room was beautiful, with a big bed and lovely furniture. One of the best accommodation so far.

As we were starving, we went out to find somewhere to eat in the town’s city center. From there we could see tourists walking barefoot in dirty puddles, which I was very quick to judge.

We then went on to discover the island by walking on the beach from one end to the other, in the rain for part of it.

The water was nice and we chilled by the hammocks in the water for a while, before heading back and getting some tacos for dinner.

On the second day, we thought it would be a good idea to rent bikes to discover the furthest parts of the island. After a lovely breakfast, we then took bikes (100 pesos per bike for 12 hours) and made our way towards Punta Cocos Beach.

As I mentioned before, the streets get floaded quickly when it rains and puddles stay for a while after, which meant that we had to dodge puddles the whole way. Except that sometimes, puddles just couldn’t be avoided. We simply had to embrace it and cycle through them; the larger ones were up passed the ankles!

The first puddle was a big drama. I didn’t want to get my feet and legs dirty, until I realised it was the only way we could make it to that beach.

Also, stopping for each puddle meant we got destroyed by mosquitoes. Nick lost a flip flop in a puddle (but got it back), I nearly fell in one, it wasn’t fun at all!

When we finally made it to that beach (which was nice but not mind blowing considering the hassle to get there), we realised a big storm was on its way and that if we didn’t want to cycle in even bigger puddles, we’d need to leave fairly quickly. So we raced back, not caring about the size of the puddles anymore, back to our hotel. Obviously the storm caught us anyway, so we got back to our hotel drenched and dirty.

Returning to our hotel during torrential rain, we realised that our window was leaking and that had caused my bag and some of my clothes below to get soaking wet too. NOT A GOOD DAY!

The hotel offered us another room, which we declined as the other room wasn’t as nice as ours. They mopped the floor, put a towel down, and we hoped for the best.

We jumped back on the bikes when the storm passed and headed the other direction to reach the bird sanctuary area, where Nick played with his drone. The road to the sanctuary wasn’t as badly flooded so it was a lot easier to cycle there. We saw a couple of flamingos on the horizon, and other types of birds but no turtles. Also, our second snake on the way back!

Finally, on the last day we decided to do nothing and chill in a day club as the weather drastically improved.

We went to Coquitos and picked one of their nest beds for the day. Same deal as Bacalar, you get the beds free and need to spend 600 pesos on food and drinks, which we happily did drinking delicious fruit juices and eating Mexican delicacies. Best of all, it didn’t rain all day! First day for the whole of our Mexican trip that we enjoyed a rain free day. Woohoo!

Tomorrow we’re heading back to the mainland for our final 2 nights in Cancun before flying to Colombia!

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TIPS

  • Holbox (pronounced Ho-bosh) is lovely. The buildings are beautiful and colourful, people are nice, and the vibe is chill so I’m sure it’s an amazing holiday spot during the dry season. But during the wet season, there are mosquitoes everywhere, the rain falls heavily and the flash floading make cycling and walking way harder than it should be. I was quick judging people walking barefoot in puddles, as I ended up doing the same to save my shoes.
  • Coquitos is a lovely spot to spend the day. They have loungers, day beds, a bar and a kitchen. All for a perfect relaxing day.

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