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A little photo trip report of Holbox Island

Twelve years here and I finally made it to Holbox. I wish I had gone many years before but I felt like it was now or never as it seems to be changing fast. Considered driving up, but ultimately chose to take the bus from Playa and we were glad we did as it was easy, fast, comfortable and we avoided the weird/scary roadblock that looked like it was made by private individuals for who-knows-what purpose. They didn't look happy.

We stayed at Holbox Dream which was very nice but I probably would not stay there again. It was very expensive and, for us, it was not worth it to pay that much to be in a beach hotel, particularly since our room did not have an ocean view. The restaurant also leaves a LOT to be desired. If I went again, I believe I'd find a much cheaper room off the beach.

We were fortunate to be there for Carnaval, so got some extra entertainment from those shenanigans. SO fun to see how different communities celebrate it and the enthusiasm is amazing!

We liked a little restaurant, Limoncito, on the square for any meal - their enchiladas were so good I had them twice in the same day! Service is efficient, if not overly friendly. We liked Viva Zapata for dinner, though we had to wait, but the food and setting were both good. The marquesitas from the carts on the square were delicious.

There were a couple unique shops with artisan creations from all over Mexico. I LOVED their items and could have stayed there all day and spent a fortune, if I had a fortune to spend. I did feel their prices were mostly reasonable, though not cheap.

Renting a golf cart was a nice way to spend half a day going to opposite corners of the island. Lots of photo ops.

The beach is great for walking - wide, flat, hard-packed, and lots of shells.

Overall, we very much enjoyed it, though I didn't fall in love with it. I might rank Mahahual or Bacalar higher, but I have nothing bad to say about Isla Holbox at all. I imagine a lot of people might get bored there as there didn't seem to be much nightlife and there just isn't a lot to do, both of which are fine with me! The people were nice and it's a beautiful and unique little place!

Oh, and the best part of the trip was who we went with! LeedsB and CB1 (aka Leeds and Charlotte) were the perfect travel companions!

I'm just going to post photos, kind of by category, and you can see for yourself!

Part 1: Getting there, Holbox Dream Hotel, Leaving





















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Part 2, Beach Shots



























I'll have a couple more "albums" to come...
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Wow! I love seeing these beautiful pictures, what a cool place!!
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We will be there in March again for a couple of nights
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Thank for the great pictures. We are staying in Holbox for 3 nights in May. I expect my thoughts will be similar....I'm not sure why I am going except just to see it before it becomes the next big destination. We are staying at Holbox Dreams too, but I only paid 50$ a night which seemed like a great deal.
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Thank for the great pictures. We are staying in Holbox for 3 nights in May. I expect my thoughts will be similar....I'm not sure why I am going except just to see it before it becomes the next big destination. We are staying at Holbox Dreams too, but I only paid 50$ a night which seemed like a great deal.
WOW! At this time of year, 3 times that was their bargain-get-whatever-room-is-available price. Whoa!
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WOW! At this time of year, 3 times that was their bargain-get-whatever-room-is-available price. Whoa!
I booked through Expedia and I want to say they were asking 79 or 89$ a night and then I had 10% off and some Expedia points which brought it down even more. Of course it balances out because we have to pay for private transport because we get in too late to catch the bus.
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We are staying at a new place this time because Mawimbi could not accomodate us for both nights. It is the Guesthouse Holbox Apartments. A bit pricey, on the beach a few blocks from the plaza, on the other side from Mawimbi. We'll let you know what we think about it.

Holbox is about a four hour drive and then a ferry ride for us. Susie and Kent are considerably closer.
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Some Carnaval shots...



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I didn't notice this girl's expression until I loaded the pictures to my computer.









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Just wondering if you remember the bus times from & to Playa. Looking at going there this year and trying to figure out if we'll have enough times between the to/from buses or if we should stay over night.
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Just wondering if you remember the bus times from & to Playa. Looking at going there this year and trying to figure out if we'll have enough times between the to/from buses or if we should stay over night.
Definitely stay overnight. The bus leaves Playa around 9:20am and arrives in Holbox 11:30ish. The return bus leaves at 4:15pm. By the time you take the ferry over and back, you'd have only a couple hours on the island. Not worth traveling 6 hours for only a few hours of enjoyment.
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Definitely stay overnight. The bus leaves Playa around 9:20am and arrives in Holbox 11:30ish. The return bus leaves at 4:15pm. By the time you take the ferry over and back, you'd have only a couple hours on the island. Not worth traveling 6 hours for only a few hours of enjoyment.
Thank you! Now to convince the parentals of that, LOL.
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This VIDEO should have been back with the Carnaval stuff. Their enthusiasm and lack of inhibition just pulls you right in! It was so fun to watch and the band was unbelievably great!
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Some sights from our explorings...





























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