It is the northernmost island of Quintana Roo and home to a small fishing population that every dawn goes to sea to capture the wealth that the seas near Cabo Catoche harbor.
We can reach Holboax on boat , catamaran or sailboat, navigating 1 day from Cancun on yacht to arrive to the island west point, rounding Yucatan peninsula.
Tourism development on Holbox Island:
The village is rustic and friendly by sandy streets lined with palm-thatched huts and wooden houses.
Small restaurants serve fresh seafood and visitors may find a place where they can play basketball, or be part of a party.
There are cabins for rent and palapas tropical style, which are also rented along the beach.
Low-impact tourism developments have begun; the lodging and food options are increasing
Geography of the Holbox Island:
A walk around Holbox Island takes us to inhospitable places.
Encounter of oceans Cabo Catoche is the northernmost point of the Yuuuán Peninsula; There the waters of the Caribbean meet those of the Gulf of Mexico, giving rise to a spectacular mix of turquoises, aquamarines and jades.
The combination of nutrient-rich ocean currents and cold-water coastal births make it possible to obtain excellent fishing, which the inhabitants of Holbox take advantage of by catching shrimp, shark, octopus and a great variety of fish.
Isla Holbox on boat
The white sand beaches:
The island boasts a narrow desert strip of fine sand ideal for sunbathing, walking and exploring the beach (countless varieties of shells are washed by the sea.) During the summer months, the rare hawksbill turtle, which for years has been pursued to obtain its shell, and that today is protected by international laws, comes to spawn on the shores of the island.
Animal life around Holbox:
A world of birds Local fishermen rent botoes for excursions to the lagoon Yalahau or Conil nest species of pink spatula birds, frigate birds, osprey and occasional flocks of flamingos are some of the species that are observed during the excursion, which is accompanied by the Dolphins
The Yalahau lagoon and its surroundings are part of the Yum Balam Reserve.
Other options are to visit the Rio Lagartos Reserve, to the west, on the coast of the neighboring Yucatan, a boat trip through mangroves and a jungle trek to Boca Church and meet the ruins of a 16th century Spanish church, which is all that remains of an ephemeral garrison founded during the first expedition to conquer the Mayans.
Cabo Catoche and Boca Iglesia are located in the area that was part of Ekab, an important Maya cacicazgo and one of the first to be visited by the Spanish in 1517. In this area there are many archaeological sites not yet explored. How to get there Take Highway 180 to Nuevo Xcan. On the way it passes through the towns of Leona Vicario, Valladolid Nuevo and Cristóbal Colón, among others. Look at the roadside stands selling embroidered dresses and blouses, citrus and plants. In Nuevo Xcan, take the road north to Kantunilkl’n and the port of Chiquilá. The trip lasts three hours and bumps abound on the road.
The ferry from Chiquilá takes 30 minutes to Holbox.
If you lose a ferry, one of the fishermen will take you in your water taxi.