Airports to Fly Into
Cancun. Take a taxi from the Cancun airport to the Isla/Holbox ferry in Chiquila. Ferry schedule: It takes two hours from cancun and you are going through a jungle – it feels remote.
Where to Stay
I stayed at Casa Las Tortguas. We paid to have breakfast included (THE best chilaquiles I’ve ever had in my entire life!) They also have one of the nicest restaurants in Holbox called Mendorina. There is a sushi bar upstairs and recently, they opened a restaurant with tapas next door called Luma.
Casa Las Tortugas has a spa and daily yoga classes.
All of the hotel rooms are casitas with air conditioning. The casitas can be a garden, pool or ocean view. I got the least expensive with a garden view (about $200-250 per night) and it was still wonderful!
The beach club resort was not a party atmosphere. They had lots of hammocks, shade trees, tables out on the beach, lots of day beds, and swing day beds. It’s a boutique hotel with only 20ish hotel rooms.
When to Go
If you want to see the whale sharks, you have to go between mid-May through September. Note: You can book with your hotel but make sure to book it in advance!
I went in August, but the best times to go are January until May, July and August and November and December, according to BestTravelMonths.com
TOP 6 THINGS TO DO
1. Go for a walk on the beach in the morning
2. Rent a bike (or a golf cart)
3. Take a stroll through town
4. Have lunch at Black Beard’s
5. Go see the Whale Sharks (see my blog post all about this!)
6. Watch the sunset in Punta Coco
Important things to Note
You don’t need many clothes! I lived in a swimsuit and a sarong most of the time. There’s only one fancy restaurant. Bottom line: It’s extremely casual.
Most of the shops and restaurants don’t open till after 12 during the day, and the town is only alive at night.
There are basically no cars, so if you take a taxi from the ferry you will be in a golf taxi.
Holbox is very shallow. You can walk out for 200 yards and still be only waist deep!
Holbox is known for unplugging. It’s the perfect place to read a book and not do much. Bottom Line: It’s not the place to come party! It’s extremely mellow.