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How To Visit Isla Holbox In Mexico (and what to do) – Hand Luggage Only

Visit Isla Holbox In Mexico beaches boat tour

One thing you have to do when exploring Cancun is to visit Isla Holbox in Mexico. It’s easily one of the most gorgeous islands to visit and it can be really easy, as long as you follow some key tips to make your trip go smoothly.

Whether you’re going to visit Isla Holbox in Mexico for a day trip, or even longer, it’s worth planning ahead and making sure you get certain things booked before you arrive. We found this out the hard way on our last trip and really wished we’d planned (and packed) better for our trip.

So, to make your visit go nice and smoothly, we’ve detailed all our tips and tricks to get to Isla Holbox and what to do in Isla Holbox once you arrive.

This way, you’ll spend all your precious vacation time enjoying the island (and not bogged down with delays and additional research). Have the best time.

How to visit Isla Holbox in Mexico

Visit Isla Holbox In Mexico shoreline and beach

First up, you need to get to the town of Chiquilá, where most boats depart for Isla Holbox. Now, if you’re planning this trip independently, make sure to hop on board the Holbox Express. The boats run every hour from around 6:30 am to 9:30 pm. The boat itself is relatively fast and costs just over 200 pesos. Plus, they take cards – making it all so easy.

Staying in Cancun? Make sure to book this Isla Holbox tour that sorts out all the transfers from your hotel, boats and timings. This tour is absolutely incredible if you want a day trip to Isla Holbox – though, be prepared for a relatively early start in the morning.

Just make sure to book this tour before arriving in Cancun. Spaces sell out fast at peak times and it can be such a hassle trying to find accurate prices (without needing to haggle) with local vendors. Just be sure to take some cash and a debit or credit card with you. You will need to pay the Balam Reserve Tax (around 500 pesos or so) on the tour.

Best things to do on Isla Holbox

1.) Sunrise kayak the mangroves

Visit Isla Holbox In Mexico swimming lake

If you’re an early riser, and staying overnight on Isla Holbox, then make sure to book this guided sunrise kayak experience. As you kayak through the idyllic mangroves, you’ll get to see; flamingos and pelicans that all call this area home. Not only that, you might even spot some local osprey, too.

With this particular tour, you’ll get picked up from your Isla Holbox hotel by golf cart, and taken right to your waterside kayak. It’s all so easy and…

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