The tiny relatively undeveloped island of Holbox (pronounced Hol-Bosh) is just 25kms long and 3kms wide, located 2 hours north of Cancun.
The Caribbean waters here mix with the darker waters of the Gulf so the water is not that of clear turquoise as it is along the Mayan riviera but it is a peaceful place to stay. The main town of Holbox has just a few vehicles and sandy streets enabling you to walk everywhere from the central plaza, known as El Parque.
The island is far less-visited than other parts of this region and with just two thousand inhabitants this is the spot to relax and forget about the rest of the world, adapting to its slower pace of life. It is famous for its whale sharks who inhabit the waters near the island from mid May to mid Sept to spend the summer season. You can often see dolphins, as well as pink flamingos and terns here too.
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Places near Isla Holbox
- Cancun 36 miles away
- Isla Mujeres 38 miles away
- The Mayan Riviera 63 miles away
- Playa del Carmen 64 miles away
- Coba 80 miles away
- Tulum 93 miles away
- Chichén Itzá 106 miles away
- Yucatán Peninsula 146 miles away
- Merida & Around 160 miles away
- Merida 160 miles away
- Kabah 181 miles away
- Uxmal 184 miles away
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