Holbox Beach

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The main attraction on Holbox, this beach is front and center. Within walking distance of nearly every part of town, you can be sure that you'll visit Holbox Beach at least once during your stay.

Located on the northern side of the island of Holbox, 0.1 miles north-northwest of Downtown Holbox, You might want to drop by whether or not you are staying particularly close by. If activity and variety isn't your thing, you'll be glad that most of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean's beaches are quite calm and serene. Then again, some vacationers seek out the loudest and the most active areas, and are more likely to have fun at Holbox Beach, which is closer to all the action.

How to Access The Beach
If you are on Holbox, you can get to the beach. Just start walking north and you'll find your way.

Amenities and Ambiance

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. Once you leave this area though, the beach becomes much less crowded, save for the occasional hotel.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. Fortunately, chairs and umbrellas can be used by guests looking for relief from the sultry island sun. You will find the water here is fit for snorkeling, so grab some gear if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration.

Holbox Beach including its offering of amenities and services happens to be found inside an active, busy area. With that in mind, if you feel that the amenities affect whether you'll visit, it'll likely be a smart motivator to visit earlier in the morning well before the crowds or going to a beach further away. If not, it's possible you may find the amenities becoming overcrowded.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the North coast of Holbox; it's located near attractions like Central Plaza, which is a couple hundred yards away.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Holbox Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Central Plaza Park 0.1 mi. SSE Holbox
Whale Shark Habitats Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 0.9 mi. N Holbox
Holbox Ecological Preserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.2 mi. SSW Holbox
Birds Island Observation Tower Observation Tower 3.8 mi. E Birds Island

Cities and Towns

Holbox is nearby and is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From Holbox Beach, Holbox is not far away, roughly a half mile (three quarters of a kilometer).


How many other people you encounter at Holbox Beach will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. Typically, you can expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Travelers looking for a hotel room not far from the beach shouldn't find it that difficult, as there are plenty of accommodations to pick from nearby. Find the closest, most convenient lodging options by looking over those shown in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Holbox Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Amaite Hotel & Spa 0.1 mi. SW Holbox Hotel
Hotel Arena 0.1 mi. S Holbox Hotel
Villa Flamingos 0.1 mi. SSW Holbox Cottages
La Palapa Holbox 0.1 mi. SW -- Hotel
Holbox Dream 0.2 mi. SW Holbox Hotel
Puerto Holbox 0.2 mi. SW Holbox Hotel
Hotel Faro Viejo 0.2 mi. SW -- Hotel
Hotel Zomay Holbox 0.3 mi. SW Holbox Cottages
Hotel Casa Barbara 0.3 mi. SE Holbox Hotel
Casa Las Tortugas 0.3 mi. ENE Holbox Hotel


When you start craving an afternoon snack, this beach has you covered, and you don't have to go far away. One of the nearest restaurants is Buena Vista Grill. This restaurant serves Mexican cuisine. They're also renowned for their seafood.

Nearby restaurants are provided in the following table.

Restaurants near Holbox Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Buena Vista Grill (984) 875-2102 Mexican Very Casual 0.1 mi. SW
Amaite Restaurant (984) 875-2217 Mexican Very Casual 0.1 mi. SW
El Chapulim (984) 137-6069 Contemporary, Mexican Very Casual 0.1 mi. S
La Parrilla de Juan (984) 135-0373 Mediterranean Very Casual 0.1 mi. E
Las Panchas (984) 120-8354 Mexican Very Casual 0.1 mi. SSW
Dolce Italia (984) 141-9318 -- -- -- --
Restaurante Cooperativa Holbox (984) 119-5088 Mexican Very Casual -- --
Viva Zapata (984) 875-2362 Mexican Very Casual 0.1 mi. S
Casa Nostra Restaurant (998) 848-3849 Spanish Very Casual 0.1 mi. SW
El Limoncito (984) 806-5267 Mexican Very Casual 0.1 mi. S
Los Peleones (994) 120-9685 Mexican Very Casual 0.1 mi. S
Pizzeria Edelyn (984) 875-2024 Italian Very Casual 0.1 mi. SE

Other Beaches

Holbox has many nice beaches, so if Holbox Beach doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and Holbox Beach is just one of the many options.


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