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.

Positioned on the northern coast of the island of Holbox, 0.1 miles north-northwest of Downtown Holbox, You might want to drop by regardless of whether you are staying in the immediate vicinity. Many of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean's beaches are soothing, less-traveled spots along the coast. While these qualities are undoubtedly perfect for some, busy vacationers may prefer something a little less out-of-the-way, like Holbox Beach.

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, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Luckily, umbrellas and chairs will be available for use to visitors hoping for a place to relax in the shade. The water in the area is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites.

Bear in mind that the area right around Holbox Beach is highly urbanized, meaning you may find quite a few people competing for the use of the same services.

What's Nearby


Set on the North coast of Holbox; the area is home to other attractions such as Central Plaza, which is a couple hundred yards to the south-southeast.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of ways to stay busy. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

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 Beach is close to Holbox, so exploring the city is a convenient option. The city of Holbox is close-by and is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From the shore, Holbox isn't far off, about a half mile (three quarters of a kilometer).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many people have booked rooms nearby. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few other guests who are staying close by.

Travelers looking to find a place to stay close to the beach will find themselves in luck, as there are lots of resorts and hotels to pick from in the area. You'll find the closest, most convenient lodging options by viewing what's shown in the table below.

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


If you're feeling hungry for a midday meal, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, so there's no need to go too far from these sands. One of the closest places to eat is Buena Vista Grill. The restaurant has a menu featuring Mexican cuisine. They are also famous for their seafood.

The following table lists nearby restaurants.

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 several beautiful beaches, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean has plenty to offer its visitors, and paying a visit to Holbox Beach is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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