Holbox Ecological Preserve

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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.

Unlike national parks, the Holbox Ecological Preserve does not have visitor amenities, or even developed hiking trails. However, there are a few roads that run through the area that make exploration possible. Additionally, the popular Yalahao Spring is found within the park.


Located on the island of Holbox, 1.1 miles south-southwest of Downtown Holbox, Holbox Ecological Preserve happily welcomes local customers and travelers who are lodging on this part of the island or close by. Even if you aren't staying very close, you should consider stopping by to check out the sights.

Nearby Restaurants

There are numerous restaurants to select from in the region surrounding the wildlife reservation. The nearest place to eat to Holbox Ecological Preserve is Cariocas Pizzas Holbox, which serves Italian food. Also within reach, you and your group will come across eateries including D'Arny's and Dona Rosita where you will be able to sample Mexican cuisine and experience the Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean culture.

Nearby Attractions

Visitors who have interest in visiting a second wildlife reservation, visit Whale Shark Habitats, found two miles to the north of this page's attraction. Other types of nearby attractions include Central Plaza, which is one and an eighth miles away Downtown Holbox.

More Information


There are no regulations concerning visiting hours. Just remember that as the sun goes down, many bugs, like mosquitoes, wake up.


There is no fee involved with exploring the preserve.


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