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.

Situated on the island of Holbox, 0.1 miles north-northwest of Downtown Holbox, You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Beaches in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean are often though of as quite secluded, offering beautiful backdrops and few disturbances. Though some travelers can't wait to enjoy these secret spots, those who like to keep active will find there's much more variety at 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, restrooms will not be available here, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Luckily, umbrellas and chairs are offered at this beach for guests looking for a relaxing spot in the shade. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you're looking to see some exciting marine life.

Holbox Beach including its available amenities will be located inside an area commonly frequented by travelers. If you are no fan of busy beaches, it will be a smart motivator to plan ahead for times when there are less people, such as having your beach visit in the morning. If you come later, it's possible you may not be able to use all the services that the beach offers its guests.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the North coast of Holbox. It is close to Central Plaza, which is close enough that guests will have the choice to walk or take a cab, and it is among the favorite local destinations.

If a visit to the Holbox Beach isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the following table shows the closest options.

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 in the Holbox area, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Holbox is nearby and is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the shore, Holbox is just up the road, maybe a half mile (three quarters of a kilometer).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many people have booked rooms nearby. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Vacationers looking for a hotel room near the beach won't have a tough time, as there is no shortage of accommodations to choose from in the vicinity. Find the closest booking 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 lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, this beach has you covered, so you won't have to wander too far away. One of the nearest places to eat is Buena Vista Grill. The restaurant serves delicious Mexican cuisine. They also specialize in seafood.

The following table lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

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 beaches, so if Holbox Beach doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

Holbox Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; if so, Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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