Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo, Mexico

I had been hearing from everyone, it seemed, that I should make an effort to visit Isla Holbox. As luck would have it, some friends of mine had a trip planned and invited me to tag along last minute! Isla Holbox is a small island just north of the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. It’s a two hour drive from Playa del Carmen to the town of Chiquila where you can take a ferry over to the island for about 120 pesos. The island itself is about 1.5km wide and 40km long. Cars are not allowed on the island (except for a few local trucks), so everyone walks, rides bikes, or drives golf carts. The roads are all dirt, no pavement. We stayed in a little two-bedroom hut at the Ida y Vuelta Hostel. It looked tiny from the outside but was very spacious inside with an entire kitchen, a large bathroom with VERY hot water, and two hammocks.
The town of Holbox is very relaxed and friendly. There are dogs of every shape and size roaming all over the island. There is also a lot of beautiful street art. After wandering through the town and enjoying the sights, I recommend getting a cold drink at one of the beach bars and then finding a nice spot on the beach to watch the sunset. Once the sun goes down, head back into the town for some drinks. We were there on a Thursday, and the nightlife was quite happening! We went to a couple different bars, the second of which had a guitarist and trumpet player playing some great Mexican dance music.

hostel hut
our hut
quite spacious inside
quite spacious inside

beach sunsetbamboo moon

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