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Wanna see some pictures...

Slackety slack slack slack...not writing a trip report, but I did take some pretty pictures.

We spend 3 night is Isla Hotbox...fell in love and didn't want to leave. Then 6 night in Playa. Stayed at The Artisan...never again. Food highlights...Puerto, La Perla Pixan, Axiote, and Caguameria. Any questions, ask away.

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Great photos! Isla Holbox looks so laid-back. The rose-colored drink looks delicious - what was it, if you don't mind me asking? Thanks for sharing the photos.
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Really nice pix, but that annoying popup all the time asking me to sign in or something.....ugh

What was wrong with the Artisan? Do tell...
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Great photos! Isla Holbox looks so laid-back. The rose-colored drink looks delicious - what was it, if you don't mind me asking? Thanks for sharing the photos.
It was super laid back and just amazing. I am blanking on the cocktail...it was from a 2x1 drink menu at a rooftop bar called the Arena. I wanna say it was passion fruit and rum. The other had mescal.
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Really nice pix, but that annoying popup all the time asking me to sign in or something.....ugh

What was wrong with the Artisan? Do tell...
Oooh sorry about the pop-up...ive had a Flickr account for so long I didn't realize it did that.

The Artisan. I had requested a room facing 5th with the jacuzzi tub in the room. The room just makes no sense at all. There is a glass wall between the shower and tub so that you have to walk through the whole bedroom room to get from one to the other(like if you wanted to shower off after the Jacuzzi). A whole wall was dedicated to a big closet that was useless as the shelved were too high to see your clothes, no drawers, and the hanging area had a fridge underneath it so you couldn't hang anything. Then, on our second night we returned to the room and the entire room stunk of sulphur and sewage(it smelled like something had died). Not just a little bubble in the line, but bad enough that the desk person wouldn't even go it. We had to switch rooms at 1am, to a dirty room because that was all they had(luckily I was too drunk to look at the disgusting sheets before I passed out). The new room was much nicer, but still oddly non-functional. That room had an outdoor jacuzzi which was broken. They spent the next 2 days trying to fix the Jacuzzi with workers in and out of our room all day, leaving the door open. The door to the toilet was totally see through...not in a cloudy glass way, but just totally see through. It had dots on it which made it look in pictures like it obstructed some the view, but no. And then there was the banging and jackhammering from 6am until near midnight every night...which we hadn't heard from our initial room. The people were not particularly friendly either...not including the awesome staff at the restaurant downstairs and the one male desk staff. I got a great price on the room, but they are nuts for what they usually charge. Sorry, that was a bit ranty, but non-functional hotels room disguised as "fancy" are one of my biggest pet peeves.
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Sorry, that was a bit ranty, but non-functional hotels room disguised as "fancy" are one of my biggest pet peeves.
TOTALLY with you on this one...
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We like Holbox, but as it gets more popular we may like it less.

There is always Xcalak
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We like Holbox, but as it gets more popular we may like it less.

There is always Xcalak
Holbox could grow quite a bit and I would still be happy, but I am not a sit on the beach and veg kind of person. I am honestly shocked at how much we loved it because I was bored out of my mind in Isla Mujeres. The construction seems to make sense for the geography and the new business popping up so far fit in well with the feel of the island...who knows how long that will last though. I imagine more and more people are gonna come, but for now, it still is quite time consuming and expensive to get there. I think we only met one other American couple there, but it was quite busy with Mexican families over the weekend, only to clear out by Monday morning.
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Oooh sorry about the pop-up...ive had a Flickr account for so long I didn't realize it did that.

The Artisan. I had requested a room facing 5th with the jacuzzi tub in the room. The room just makes no sense at all. There is a glass wall between the shower and tub so that you have to walk through the whole bedroom room to get from one to the other(like if you wanted to shower off after the Jacuzzi). A whole wall was dedicated to a big closet that was useless as the shelved were too high to see your clothes, no drawers, and the hanging area had a fridge underneath it so you couldn't hang anything. Then, on our second night we returned to the room and the entire room stunk of sulphur and sewage(it smelled like something had died). Not just a little bubble in the line, but bad enough that the desk person wouldn't even go it. We had to switch rooms at 1am, to a dirty room because that was all they had(luckily I was too drunk to look at the disgusting sheets before I passed out). The new room was much nicer, but still oddly non-functional. That room had an outdoor jacuzzi which was broken. They spent the next 2 days trying to fix the Jacuzzi with workers in and out of our room all day, leaving the door open. The door to the toilet was totally see through...not in a cloudy glass way, but just totally see through. It had dots on it which made it look in pictures like it obstructed some the view, but no. And then there was the banging and jackhammering from 6am until near midnight every night...which we hadn't heard from our initial room. The people were not particularly friendly either...not including the awesome staff at the restaurant downstairs and the one male desk staff. I got a great price on the room, but they are nuts for what they usually charge. Sorry, that was a bit ranty, but non-functional hotels room disguised as "fancy" are one of my biggest pet peeves.
we also had a room facing 5th with a jacuzzi in the room. ours was a totally different layout. the tub was right next to the double shower. had double sinks. the closet only took up a little space and our fridge was under a cabinet next to the sliding glass door to the balcony. wouldn't like the type of the room that you described. that sucks!
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we also had a room facing 5th with a jacuzzi in the room. ours was a totally different layout. the tub was right next to the double shower. had double sinks. the closet only took up a little space and our fridge was under a cabinet next to the sliding glass door to the balcony. wouldn't like the type of the room that you described. that sucks!
See, that what is frustrating...I had seen pictures, so I should have known what to expect....and didn't get it. Our first room had a single sink and no counter...second room had a totally different layout with double sinks/huge counters and at least i wasn't staring right into the toilet from the bed as the whole bathroom was actually off to the side instead of right open in the middle of the room. First room had a single shower, the second room had a double. I wish I had taken pictures.
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Holbox could grow quite a bit and I would still be happy, but I am not a sit on the beach and veg kind of person. I am honestly shocked at how much we loved it because I was bored out of my mind in Isla Mujeres. The construction seems to make sense for the geography and the new business popping up so far fit in well with the feel of the island...who knows how long that will last though. I imagine more and more people are gonna come, but for now, it still is quite time consuming and expensive to get there. I think we only met one other American couple there, but it was quite busy with Mexican families over the weekend, only to clear out by Monday morning.
It is cheap to get there, if you live here.

I know it will grow a lot, but I wish it would not. It is more than big enough now.
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we also had a room facing 5th with a jacuzzi in the room. ours was a totally different layout. the tub was right next to the double shower. had double sinks. the closet only took up a little space and our fridge was under a cabinet next to the sliding glass door to the balcony. wouldn't like the type of the room that you described. that sucks!
We may have had the same room A'ndrea. Ours was more in the trees on the street. Loved our place for the most part. Love the restaurant downstairs, etc...I agree with Wendy though....the price they want a lot of the times is pretty crazy.

So sorry it sucked, but glad you loved Holbox. We get that "bored" feeling as well at romantic type places. 2 nights is about all we can handle in Tulum. Trying to work out a few nights at Holbox before we head to Playa in Nov. IF not, maybe next may.

Thanks for the pics though!
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We may have had the same room A'ndrea. Ours was more in the trees on the street. Loved our place for the most part. Love the restaurant downstairs, etc...I agree with Wendy though....the price they want a lot of the times is pretty crazy.

So sorry it sucked, but glad you loved Holbox. We get that "bored" feeling as well at romantic type places. 2 nights is about all we can handle in Tulum. Trying to work out a few nights at Holbox before we head to Playa in Nov. IF not, maybe next may.

Thanks for the pics though!
We still had a great time in Playa, but we welcomed the change of scenery. Its weird though, cause I was expecting Holbox to have that sleepy "romantic" vibe and didn't find that to be the case. Lots of families, backpackers, groups of girls/guys traveling together, not dominated by couples as I expected. The restaurants are quite hip (and delicious), lots of artisan boutique shops(similar to beach road tulum type stuff)....very little of the touristy junk shops. It just had an amazing energy...if that makes any sense at all.
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We still had a great time in Playa, but we welcomed the change of scenery. Its weird though, cause I was expecting Holbox to have that sleepy "romantic" vibe and didn't find that to be the case. Lots of families, backpackers, groups of girls/guys traveling together, not dominated by couples as I expected. The restaurants are quite hip (and delicious), lots of artisan boutique shops(similar to beach road tulum type stuff)....very little of the touristy junk shops. It just had an amazing energy...if that makes any sense at all.
We went to a couple of restaurants, but none of the shops as they are usually way overpriced.

Mostly we stayed at our hotel's beach restaurant and bar and enjoyed it. There are some hokey places around town, like Viva Zapata. Fine for a drink but not so much for an afternoon.

Pelleones, the place with the boxing motif had good food.
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We went to a couple of restaurants, but none of the shops as they are usually way overpriced.

Mostly we stayed at our hotel's beach restaurant and bar and enjoyed it. There are some hokey places around town, like Viva Zapata. Fine for a drink but not so much for an afternoon.

Pelleones, the place with the boxing motif had good food.
We spend a good bit of time at Viva Zapata...drinking...never tasted the food...because they took credit cards unlike most places on the island. We had a bit of an ATM mishap on the way there (the airport ATM machine was just gone, then the driver took us to an ATM in the middle of nowhere that had a super low limit and then the ATM on the island was under repair) so we were low on cash. Next time I need to get pesos before the trip!
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