Attractions in Holbox

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Typified by streets made of sand and a gorgeous lagoon, the protected island of Holbox is one in which all of the attractions exist outdoors.  If you're in search of culture, you'll find it as you meet with locals and chat, rather than as you browse museums.  


Punta Mosquito

You'll discover a handful of beaches to visit on the island. Snorkeling is available at some of these beaches, if some of the people in your group are so inclined. Just click on each beach name for a detailed article concerning that particular stretch of sand.

Punta Mosquito: On the East side of the island just short distance from the downtown area is Punta Mosquito. Don't be fooled by the name, this beach is actually a lovely spot typified by flamingo sightings and a sandbar.

Another option worth considering is Holbox Beach. Holbox Beach stretches the entire length of Holbox Town, though the most popular section is the part that lies right in front of the Central Plaza. Here you will find beach chairs, residents and visitors, as well as a fishing pier and dock.

Punta Coco: Located on the western edge of the island, Punta Coco is known as one of the best beaches on the island to witness the famed Isla Holbox sunsets.

These are just a few of your options. To get more information about beaches, use this link.

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Vacationers can experience some other intriguing local attractions on the island.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On Holbox
Name Type Location
Birds Island Observation Tower Observation Tower 3.8 mi. East of Central Downtown Holbox Birds Island

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Whale Shark Habitats

Do you want to spend part of your vacation outside? You might be happy to learn the island has two different nature preserves on it.

Whale Shark Habitats is a great nature preserve located in northern Holbox. The annual whale shark migration just off the coast of Holbox is perhaps what the island is best known for. Every year, tourist flock to this part of Mexico to catch a glimpse of these massive creatures make their journey.

Adventurers hoping to locate a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring choices like Holbox Ecological Preserve. Much of the island of Holbox is a rich mangrove forest that provides refuge for a plethora of species. The southwestern area of the island is classified as an ecological preserve that any nature lover will benefit from exploring.

Take a minute to read this table for more information about your options.

Nature Preserves and Hiking On Holbox
Name Type Location
Holbox Ecological Preserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.1 mi. South-Southwest of Downtown Holbox
Whale Shark Habitats Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.0 mi. North of Downtown Holbox


Guests can visit the local park on Holbox.

Central Plaza is located in central Holbox. The Central Plaza is a gathering place for residents and visitors of Holbox alike. In addition to the open space, the park also has a basketball court where you will often be able to watch, or even join in on, a game.

Parks On Holbox
Name Type Location
Central Plaza Park Downtown Holbox Holbox

Beaches, nature reserves, and waterways are the main attractions in Holbox.  If you're looking for a quiet, peaceful getaway where spending your time outdoors is perfectly acceptable, this is the perfect spot along Mexico's Caribbean coast to make that happen.  


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