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Old 08-28-2012   #1 (permalink)
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Isla Holbox???

Anybody been there lately? What is is like? We're looking for a new adventure.
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I was just going to ask the same thing. Love Isla Mujeras...any thougts on Holbox?
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Anybody been there lately? What is is like? We're looking for a new adventure.
Six years ago may not be "lately", but back then I took the ADO bus up from Cancun, wide bus, narrow roads, just don't look and you'll be fine. The trip went well, no problems coming or going. I only stayed over night. Took a boat tour to Isla Pajaros for the birds (come in to roost at night). There was a ramp and viewing tower before Wilma, couldn't get on the island. It's a change your attitude/latitude kind of place.
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I recently spoke to a friend who loved it but got bored. It was beautiful for about 2-3 days. Then , they came to playa to get some entertainment !
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I have heard that they have a horrible type of biting bug on the Island. Don't know a ton about it or what time of year that they come out. I read a trip report and the guy said that they had to sleep with mosquito nets over their bed and baby oil rubbed on themselves???
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It's been about 3 years since I visited Holbox. It's a very relaxing and laid back place to be. From June-August the whale sharks are feeding just off shore and you can swim with them. They are probably heading back south at this point. There's isn't much else to do there so if you're the type of person that likes to be on the go, it's not the place for you. On the other hand, if you like to read, relax, and enjoy a lovely place, it's perfect for you.
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thanks everybody! A laid-back, boring tropical island first, and then fun in Playa later, sounds pretty good to me.
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My husband and I were there in Feb for 3 nights and found Holbox to be a very sleepy little village with not too much to do but relax and enjoy the tranquil. We loved it for a few days but thought we would be really bored if we had stayed any longer. As for bugs, OMG, the mosquitos were ferocious! Early morning and early evening were the worst time for the mosquitos so be sure to bring spray!
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So, we went to Isla Holbox-- finally! We've been curious about it for a long time. We spent four days there, and we absolutely LOVED it!!! Would have stayed longer if we hadn't already made other plans. It is exactly the kind of place we like-- laid back, not touristy. True, there is not a lot of nightlife, but there are plenty of places to have drinks and lots of great, cheap food. My husband went fishing for a half day for $100USD and caught a lot of fish. The restaurant cooked the fish for us that evening, along with fresh octopus ceviche. I loved that there really are no cars-- lots of golf carts, but no cars. You can watch the sunset from the one pier in town. The beach is gorgeous, and surprisingly (from all that we have heard) we did not see one single bug or mosquito! Must have been the time of year, but we were pretty happy about that. My Spanish got a good workout, and, again, probably the season, but there were very few tourists. It does remind me a lot of Caye Caulker, Belize-- no need for shoes the whole time. You can walk everywhere. We did hire a van to get there, but took the bus back to Cancun and it was an easy 3 hour ride. It may not be for everybody, but we can't wait to go back!
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Cool! Sounds like our kind of place. We will have to put it on our list... but not for this year as we're heading south again after a week in Playa. We've thought of going there before, but your description makes me want to go even more.
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Very cool you made it and thanks for reporting back, even better that you had a great time. I didn't have mosquitos in Feb, but there was a net over the bed.
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From all the reports, we went armed with 100% Deet, but never even needed a bit. Like I said, we were probably just there at a good time. The mosquito net was there if we needed it. Honestly, I don't think mosquitos (or whatever) would be a deal-breaker for us. Oh-- and the people were great, too! My favorite part was buying fresh squeezed oj for 20 pesos/liter, mixing our own drinks, and sitting on the pier watching the sunset.
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Ok, so thinkin about headin up there end of June, turning 50, ughhh, how did I get here?

Beach hotel suggestions?, mid range, nice, this is a big one after all!

any great must eat spots?

any info will help

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We plan to go after we get moved down later this year

So many plans
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We are hoping to go there for a few days in late November. I'd like to hear recommendations as well.

We are thinking about possibly staying at Mawimbi.
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