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.

Positioned on the southwestern side of the island of Holbox, 1.3 miles south west of Downtown Holbox, You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean's beaches are pretty busy for the most part, but you'll find Holbox Lagoon Beach to be a little calmer than most, making it a good pick for those of you who don't want to wander too far away, but would rather avoid the most hectic parts of town.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. You'll find the waters off-shore to be of good snorkeling quality, so grab your gear if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration.

You should remember that Holbox Lagoon Beach's location is rather congested, so show up early.

What's Nearby


Positioned on the South West coast of Holbox; it's located near attractions like Holbox Ecological Preserve, which is pretty close, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, the following table shows some of the closest options.

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 Lagoon Beach is near Holbox, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. The closest town is Holbox, which is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From the coast, Holbox isn't far off, roughly one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many people have booked rooms nearby. You can generally expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Since this beach is in a relatively popular vacation spot, it is not typically very difficult to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. For vacationers hoping to find a place that's near the beach, the following table lists the accommodation options closest to Holbox Lagoon Beach.

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
Puerto Holbox 1.2 mi. NE Holbox Hotel
Holbox Dream 1.2 mi. NE Holbox Hotel
La Palapa Holbox 1.3 mi. NE -- Hotel
Amaite Hotel & Spa 1.3 mi. NE Holbox Hotel
Casa Lupita 1.3 mi. NE Holbox Hotel
Hotel Casa Barbara 1.3 mi. NE Holbox Hotel
Hotel Arena 1.3 mi. NE Holbox Hotel
El Pueblito Hotel 1.3 mi. NE Holbox Resort


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you visit a local restaurant, where you'll be able to get a taste of the local fare, within just a few miles of this shoreline. One of the nearest restaurants is Le Jardin. The restaurant has French cuisine. Many guests rave about their coffee and sandwiches.

A few nearby dining options are shown in the following table.

Restaurants near Holbox Lagoon Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Le Jardin (984) 875-2331 French Very Casual 1.2 mi. NE
Casa Nostra Restaurant (998) 848-3849 Spanish Very Casual 1.3 mi. NE
El Cafecito (984) 136-0232 International Very Casual 1.3 mi. NE
Los Peleones (994) 120-9685 Mexican Very Casual 1.3 mi. NE
Amaite Restaurant (998) 189-4816 Mexican Very Casual 1.3 mi. NE
El Sushi de Holbox (984) 132-9507 Japanese Informal 1.3 mi. NE
Rosa Mexicano (998) 241-1424 Contemporary, Mexican Informal 1.3 mi. NE
La Tortillería de Holbox (984) 875-2443 Spanish, Vegetarian Very Casual 1.3 mi. NE
Restaurante Zarabanda (984) 106-9665 Caribbean Very Casual 1.4 mi. NE
Ukulele Grill (984) 183-6743 Mexican Very Casual 1.4 mi. NE
La Parrilla de Juan (984) 135-0373 Mediterranean Very Casual 1.4 mi. NE
Barquito (554) 316-5015 Mexican Very Casual 1.5 mi. NE

Other Beaches

Holbox has many beaches, and Holbox Lagoon Beach is just one option.

You may also enjoy Holbox Beach, located a mile and a half to the northeast.

Perhaps Holbox Lagoon Beach is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean you might like.


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