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.


Holbox Ecological Preserve can be found on the island of Holbox, 1.1 miles south-southwest of Downtown Holbox.

Nearby Restaurants

After spending some time at the nature preserve you find your stomach stomach growling, there's any easy solution -- you can find a plentiful supply of dining possibilities in this general area. The nearest restaurant to Holbox Ecological Preserve is Cariocas Pizzas Holbox, which sells Italian meals. Also within reach, you and your party will come across options like D'Arny's and Dona Rosita where you will want to test out Mexican meals and enjoy the culture of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.

Nearby Attractions

Those interested in seeing two nature preserves, learn more about Whale Shark Habitats, which is found two miles to the north of Holbox Ecological Preserve. You'll find at least one or two additional places of interest in the area, including 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.

Location: Holbox


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