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Holbox Island

Located to the northwest of Cancun, Holbox Island is just 42 km long. It is separated from the mainland coast by a shallow lagoon which gives sanctuary to thousands of flamingos, pelicans and other exotic birds and creatures.

Most of the people in the island make their living fishing, it is common to see fishermen walking through the village with their catch of the day or carrying their nets.

The streets of Holbox Island are made of white sand, common of Caribbean islands, and there are very few cars. Holbox is considered a virgin tourist destination because very few outsiders visit the island. In spite of the island's natural beauty, inaccessibility has left it unspoiled by mass tourism.



Holbox (hol-bosh) is an island located near the northeastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo.

It is part of the Yum Balam ecological reserve, separated from land by the Yalahua Lagoon. Holbox is 26 miles long and beautiful seashells are constantly washing up onto its fine white sand beaches. The jade green Gulf of Mexico waters that bathe these beaches are beautiful and swimmer friendly.

The water is usually calm and shallow at the beaches, making it a great place for swimming with children.

To get to Holbox from Merida, you can take a bus that leaves at 11 PM and gets to Chiquila at 5 am, where you catch a ferry to the island. If you go by car, it is better to take the libre (free) Merida-Cancun road to kilometer 80 to the Customs building at El Ideal, where you turn to the left until you reach Chiquila.

Ferry crossings are at 6, 8, and 10 sm, 12 noon, and 2, 4, and 5 pm. The cost is $30 pesos per person. If you don't want to wait, you can hire a lancha from one of the men waiting around the dock. That will cost you about $240 pesos, but you might be able to share it with someone else who is waiting.


Bird Island is located 30 minutes by boat from Holbox, has 60 meters diameter where a large of variety of birds live.
Since many of those birds are in danger of extinction, in the bird island are some viewing terraces and walkways to see and protect the birds There you can admire famous flamingos, pelicans, ducks and other species. This is one of the few places where you can admire the birds in their natural environment.

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This small island is only 15 minutes by boat from downtown holbox, invites you to relax in a beauty and tranquil atmosphere.
Enjoy the tropical sandy beaches, palm trees and the birds in their natural habitat.

This is recommended for those who want to enjoy their own tropical adventure hideaway from the civilization.

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This is a natural eye of water located 30 minutes by boat from holbox island, its was used as a refuge for the famous pirate named Molas in the XVI century. For many years was a natural fresh water source for the holbox community.

Now become a natural place to be admired by the tourists that visit this area to swim and enjoy the clear and fresh waters of this place.

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For more information
Yoni Moguel Santana +52 (984) 875 20 28 / +52 (984) 875 23 63
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