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 is situated on the southwestern edge of the island of Holbox, 1.1 miles south-southwest of Downtown Holbox.

Nearby Restaurants

Of course, one of the most exciting options while spending an afternoon exploring the area could be having fare at a restaurant within traveling distance of the nature preserve. The nearest restaurant to Holbox Ecological Preserve is Cariocas Pizzas Holbox, which plates up Italian fare. Also within a short distance, you and your party will come across eateries like D'Arny's and Dona Rosita where you and your group can try a bit of Mexican cuisine and experience the Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean culture.

Nearby Attractions

Vacationers with an interest in seeing two nature preserves, visit Whale Shark Habitats, which is located 2.1 miles away from this wildlife reservation. You'll find a couple other activities nearby, 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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