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 might want to drop by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Holbox Lagoon Beach is a distinguishable relaxation spot because it's the ideal location for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Other nearby beaches you'll come across in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean may be just as beautiful, but are usually busier since they're located by some of the most popular tourist areas in 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. Happily, the off-shore waters are fit for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach 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.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. The following table includes the closest attractions.

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

Not far away you'll find Holbox, a town which is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the coast, Holbox is a quick trip away, 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 hotel rooms have been booked nearby. Typically, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Because this beach is located in a relatively popular vacation destination, it shouldn't be that difficult to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. If you're wanting to find a place that's near the water, the table below lists the accommodations 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
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


If you need to grab a bite to eat around midday, this beach has many nearby restaurants, so you won't have to wander too far from the shore. One of the nearest restaurants is Faro Viejo Restaurant. This restaurant serves delicious Mexican cuisine.

A list of nearby restaurants is provided 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

Holbox has many nice beaches, so if Holbox Lagoon Beach doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Holbox Beach, which is located only a short distance away.

Holbox Lagoon Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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