Last week, I had the chance to visit the beautiful island of Holbox and what I must say about this place in northern Mexico is that is an adventure to die for!
Maybe you had heard or read about Holbox millions of times everywhere: secluded and tranquil beaches, white sands, fishermen village with friendly people and many other things, and everything is true, but believe me there are some things that you must consider if you are planning to visit Holbox soon. So here we bring you 9 Simple Tips that will make you fall in love with Holbox Island.
Book your accommodation in advance
To venture and visit a place without booking a room to stay overnight, is of course an experience that everybody should try at least once in their life. However, depending the season, as Holbox is always having visitors from all around the world, getting a hotel room in a room in a blink of an eye can’t be that simple.
If you are planning to stay overnight in Holbox, make sure you have booked a room as you may spend hours trying to get one, spending more money and time instead of enjoying your trip around the island.
Visit El Mercadito
El Mercadito is a traditional market in downtown Holbox and a small iconic venue located by the town hall, on the main avenue known as La Caleta. During the day you can get fresh fruit and juices, as well as typical food, including cochinita pibil tacos. At night, you might want to try some delicious Mexican food, including quesadillas and tacos of different ingredients.
Enjoy a lobster pizza at Edelyn’s
This restaurant is also in downtown Holbox, right across from the main square, where you also will find other restaurants of different specialties. Edelyn’s is very famous on the island and recommended by the local people and tourists.
One of their specialties is the lobster pizza and is truly delicious. Try it with a bit of habanero sauce that will boost the flavors and give your palate an overdose of emotions!
Enjoy a stroll throughout the downtown at night
This might sound strange but it is true, especially if you are staying at the hotel zone, which is a bit far away. In downtown Holbox you will find a lot of souvenir stores, restaurants and bars to enjoy a drink and good music.
Also, you will have the chance to get to know friends from all over the world and the friendly villagers whom are always happy to see you around.
Delight with a Marquesita
The Marquesitas are a typical candy in the Yucatan Peninsula and they are stuffed with different ingredients, including Edam cheese that brings a delicious flavor: the perfect way to indulge your cravings!
In Holbox there are a couple of stands where nice people will serve you one with your favorite ingredients, including chocolate and milk caramel; in some of these stands you can also try the traditional or stuffed churros, as well as sweet crepes.
Walk by the beach
Yeah, yeah, we know you might be thinking that we shouldn’t include this as a tip, as you may already have it on your to-do-list in Holbox.
But honestly, we strongly recommend you to take your time to enjoy a walk along the coast at day or night, breathe in the fresh air, admire the birds and nature, and relax in a tranquil atmosphere. Also, as part of the experience you can collect some shells that are spread along the coast. We are pretty sure you won’t regret it!
Ask for advice to local people
The Holbox villagers are very humble and are always glad to help their visitors. Whenever you need to get directions or ask about some information they will always smile and make the most out of your trip.
During the months of May through September, these fantastic fish arrive to Holbox’s waters for mating so it becomes easy to see them swimming.
There are some tours to Holbox but if you are in Cancun or Riviera Maya and are not willing to take a trip to Holbox, you can also consider booking your Whale Shark Tour in the Caribbean Sea, to enjoy this amazing experience in Mexico!
Rent a Golf Cart
Holbox is very small and it becomes easy to explore the surroundings walking, but a golf cart becomes so convenient if you are willing to go a bit far as the island has no paved roads and the temperature is mostly hot.
Now you are ready to have a blast on your next vacation in Holbox! Make sure to tell us how it was so far and which one you think we should include.