Holbox Lagoon Beach

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Once a hideout for pirates, Holbox Lagoon Beach is now a hideout for visitors looking for an incredibly remote beach. Visitors that make the journey will be met with some of the calmest water on the island, and often a beach all to themselves.

Located on the southwestern coast of the island of Holbox, 1.3 miles south west of Downtown Holbox, You should consider stopping by whether or not you are staying in the vicinity. Those searching for a somewhat calm, but somewhat social beach in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean should give Holbox Lagoon Beach a try. It's just slightly removed from the center of it all, but it also doesn't completely lack a social atmosphere.

How to Access The Beach
The lagoon is a little out of the way, especially for an island with no cars. You can find it on the Western edge of the island, right before the southwest point. Most visitors will take a boat though, and that option is recommended.

Amenities and Ambiance

Protected from the sea, this lagoon has virtually no waves, making snorkeling and swimming easy. However, for most visitors of this little stretch of a paradise, laying out on the sand for a peaceful nap is the plan. Just make sure to bring some bug spray - the lagoon is surrounded by a protected mangrove forest, which can be a popular hangout for mosquitoes and other insects.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. The water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you're looking to see what goes on beneath the surface.

Be mindful that the region in which Holbox Lagoon Beach is located is an urban area, so show up early.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the South West coast of Holbox; the area is home to other attractions such as Holbox Ecological Preserve, which is pretty close, so you may choose to walk to this destination, while some will prefer to take a cab.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of things to do. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Holbox Lagoon Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Holbox Ecological Preserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 0.4 mi. E Holbox
Central Plaza Park 1.3 mi. NE Holbox
Whale Shark Habitats Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.2 mi. NNE Holbox
Birds Island Observation Tower Observation Tower 4.7 mi. E Birds Island

Cities and Towns

Holbox is the closest town and is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From Holbox Lagoon Beach, Holbox is a quick trip away, maybe one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. You can generally expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Vacationers trying to find a place to stay close to Holbox Lagoon Beach won't have a difficult time, as there is no shortage of accommodations to pick from close-by. Find the closest, most convenient hotel booking options by perusing those listed in the table below.

Accommodations near Holbox Lagoon Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Casa Blatha 0.6 mi. NE Holbox Lodge
Hotel Zomay Holbox 1.1 mi. NE Holbox Cottages
Hotel Faro Viejo 1.1 mi. NE -- Hotel
Puerto Holbox 1.2 mi. NE Holbox Hotel
Holbox Dream 1.2 mi. NE Holbox Hotel
La Palapa Holbox 1.3 mi. NE -- Hotel
Villa Flamingos 1.3 mi. NE Holbox Cottages
Hotel Mawimbi 1.3 mi. NE Holbox Hotel
Amaite Hotel & Spa 1.3 mi. NE Holbox Hotel
Casa Lupita 1.3 mi. NE Holbox Hotel


A trip to the beach isn't complete until you enjoy a meal at an area restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, without having to stray too far. One of the nearest restaurants is Faro Viejo Restaurant. This restaurant offers a menu of Mexican food.

Restaurants closest to this beach are included in the following table.

Restaurants near Holbox Lagoon Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Faro Viejo Restaurant 52.984 87 52217 Mexican Informal 1.1 mi. NE
Le Jardin (984) 875-2331 French Very Casual 1.2 mi. NE
Cariocas Pizzas Holbox (984) 114-7101 Italian Very Casual -- --
D'Arny's (984) 875-2180 Mexican Very Casual -- --
Dona Rosita (984) 156-7284 Mexican Very Casual -- --
El Cafecito (984) 136-0232 International Very Casual -- --
El Sushi de Holbox (984) 179-0108 Japanese Informal -- --
La Chaya -- Caribbean Very Casual -- --
La Tortillería de Holbox (984) 875-2443 Spanish, Vegetarian Very Casual -- --
Los Pelones -- Italian -- -- --
Miriam -- Mexican Very Casual -- --
Pizza Latina (984) 116-9667 Italian Very Casual -- --

Other Beaches

Travelers in search of the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Holbox Lagoon Beach.

Another location you may want to try is Holbox Beach, which is located only a short distance away.

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


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