Isla Holbox is an island north of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, in Quintana Roo State. It’s part of the Yum Balam Nature Reserve and separated from the mainland by the Yalahau Lagoon, which is home to flamingos and pelicans. The island is between the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, with waters rich in marine life, including sea turtles. Island highlights include laid-back Holbox Village and Punta Coco Beach.
Near the twilight of the nineteenth century, the largest islands, well protected from the unpredictable and brave sea, received from Yucatan, Bacalar and its environs, the many survivors fleeing the Mayan social rebellion, known as the Caste War. Later in January of 1891, they formed the Party of the Islands, with head in Isla Mujeres up to Isla Holbox. From 1880 on, some Yucatecan entrepreneurs began the colonization of the peninsular north, and created the Colonizing Company of the Eastern Coast and the Company El Cuyo and Anexas. This occupation was carried out between 1880 and 1920, in order to expand and diversify the agricultural and forestry frontier of Yucatan; For that reason, at the beginning of the century, there were already haciendas and villages such as Solferino, Moctezuma, Punta Tunich, Yalahau, Chiquilá, San José, San Fernando, San Ángel, El Eusebio and the Sugar Mill.
Holbox is part of the biosphere reserve and Yum Balam Flora and Fauna Protection Area, and is accessible by sea from the port of Chiquilá, where you can take the ferry and cross the Yalahau Lagoon, the journey lasts about 20 minutes (there is also service on private boats).
This reserve was decreed by the Mexican Government as a protection area on June 6, 1994, during the administration of Carlos Salinas de Gortari.
This region is a natural refuge of several species in danger of extinction, the majority of the inhabitants are interested in protecting said zone. Hence, it is home to tourism projects with a sustainable approach, seeking a minimum impact on the various ecosystems, fauna, and endemic vegetation in the area.
Inside the island there is no pavement and there are only a few cars, all the streets are simply white sand. Traditional means of transportation are electric or gas powered golf carts, cycling and walking.
Is an event carried out with the typical simplicity of the locals, and is very cheerful. Many performers are people from the island, from children to older ladies participating in their costumes of rumberos or Mayan and Aztec Indians. It is a colorful show and enjoyed in the streets of Holbox. Several hotels participate giving food or drinks while acting like rat points through the procession.
Several hotels participate by giving out food and drinks along the procession acting as a quick rest point.
- Reef Diving
- Adventure Diving
- Night Diving
- Cavern Diving
- Diving at Marine Park Punta Cancun
- Snorkeling at Marine Park Punta Cancun
- Whale Shark Snorkeling Encounter
- Sailfish Swimming and Snorkeling
- Contoy Island Tour
- Boca Iglesia Adventure Boat Tour
- Sport Fishing Trips
- Private boats
- Bikes Tour
- Golf Car Tour