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Fishing in Isla Holbox
Fishing in Isla Holbox
Fishing has always been the principal activity here. All types of fish such as shark, barracuda and grouper, including conch and lobster (during the season) are fished abundantly.
Swimming with shark whales in Isla Holbox
Swimming with shark
    whales in Isla Holbox

From June through September enjoy an incredible and exciting experience swimming with the Ocean's largest fish, the whale shark.
Isla Holbox white sandy beaches
Isla Holbox white
    sandy beaches

Holbox offers 20 miles of beautiful white-sand beaches covered by a multitude of mother-of-pearl shells and bathed by the sea's tranquil and temperate waters.
Bird watching in Isla Los Pajaros nearby Isla Holbox
Bird watching
Flamingos, ducks, seagulls, herons, pelicans and frigates are just some of the more than 100 native and migratory species of birds you will have the opportunity to observe in Isla Los Pajaros, located only 10 minutes by boat from Holbox.
Isla Holbox
  Isla Holbox (Pronounced "Hole-Bosh" - "black hole" in Mayan) is a small protected island only 24 miles long located in the northern point of Yucatan Peninsula, where the turquoise waters of the sea join with the nutrient-rich waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Flamingoes in Isla Holbox On this island there is only one small village, also called Holbox, where less than 1,500 people make their home. Its sand streets are bordered by quaint wooden houses painted in lively colors with palm-thatched roofs. The community, made up of just a few close-knit families, leads a peaceful and happy existence.

The majority of the people are dedicated to the sea, from where they derive their daily sustenance, the brave men of Holbox pursue enormous sharks, swordfish and barracuda, and are not afraid to descend depths of to 130 feet in order to reach the prized lobsters.

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Wooden houses painted in lively colors in Isla Holbox
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Isla Holbox: A beautiful Island
Holbox offers 20 miles of beautiful white-sand beaches covered by a multitude of mother-of-pearl shells and bathed by the sea's tranquil and temperate waters. Visitor may explore the area freely by bicycle or golf cart and discover solitary beaches to marvel at the sunsets: a glorious explosion of colors that ignite the sea and sky.

Both in town and on the beach, the small hotels are low-impact (some even have ecological facilities) and offer peace and comfort within a relaxing and intimate setting.

The village's restaurants serve the freshest products that you can imagine: direct from the sea to your table and prepared in an exquisite fashion.

Isla Holbox quaint wooden houses
flamingoes in Isla Holbox
Isla Holbox wooden houses with palm-thatched roofs
What to do in Isla Holbox:
The island forms part of the Yum Balam Flora and Fauna Protection Area, a group of beautiful landscapes with rare plants and threatened species. Through programs, the reserve supports the communities so that they may take advantage of their natural resources.

From the island, ecological tours guided by local fishermen take visitors to little-known places. You may swim or snorkel beside exciting whale sharks, placid manta rays and green turtles. Skiffs, accompanied by playful dolphins that follow in their wake, travel to Isla de los Pajaros (Bird Island). No one is allowed to disembark here: the small island is refuge to 140 species of birds and since "one branch cut equals one less nest", there are two observatories to keep watch just a few feet from the beach within the ocean.

Accessible only by boat, the Yalahau Lagoon is known for its spring water that bubbles up at the edge of the mangroves. Legend has it that Molas the pirate had encircled it with jadeite stones and that he enjoyed bathing in this fountain of youth with his concubines. The lagoon is a true celebration of nature with its pink flamingoes, white herons, peaceful crocodiles and great number of fish.

Holbox and its surrounding areas form a hidden earthly paradise, aimed at travelers with an ecological conscience that wish to rest, be in communion with nature and spend time with friendly and cordial people.

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