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Isla Holbox, Cancun

Isla Holbox in Cancun is a gorgeous little island paradise! Check out the amazing time I had hanging out in Isla Holbox with my friends!Incredible travel photos from the enchanted island of Isla Holbox off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You must see this island once before you die. #travel #cancun #mexico

Where is Isla Holbox?

Our girls getaway to Cancun was genuinely like experiencing a little slice of heaven. One day we took a day trip to explore the enchanted island of Isla Holbox. At just 2.5 miles long and 1 mile wide, Isla Holbox (pronounced HOL-bahsh) is a tiny tropical island located about 40 miles northwest of Cancun. It’s quiet, secluded, and perfect for spending the day wandering and exploring.

Incredible travel photos from the enchanted island of Isla Holbox off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You must see this island once before you die. #travel #cancun #mexico

I could lay out on a boat all day, and lucky for us, it was perfect weather for a boat ride across the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Incredible travel photos from the enchanted island of Isla Holbox off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You must see this island once before you die. #travel #cancun #mexico Carola, Julie, Susan, Amanda

So much fun with these girls in our black and white stripes!

Incredible travel photos from the enchanted island of Isla Holbox off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You must see this island once before you die. #travel #cancun #mexico

Isla La Pasion

On the way to Isla Holbox, we made a bonus stop at a deserted island named Isla La Pasion. From April to October, the shallow lagoon surrounding Isla La Pasion is flooded with pink flamingos. Unfortunately we missed them by just a couple of weeks. I would’ve loved to have seen them!! We’ll definitely have to go back.

Incredible travel photos from the enchanted island of Isla Holbox off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You must see this island once before you die. #travel #cancun #mexico

However we did stumble upon this mysterious 3-story thatched roof hut. I wonder what its story is!

Incredible travel photos from the enchanted island of Isla Holbox off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You must see this island once before you die. #travel #cancun #mexico

We hopped back on the boat for another gorgeous ride and finally made it to Isla Holbox.

Incredible travel photos from the enchanted island of Isla Holbox off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You must see this island once before you die. #travel #cancun #mexico

Loved all the boats docked here at the marina.

Incredible travel photos from the enchanted island of Isla Holbox off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You must see this island once before you die. #travel #cancun #mexico

Since Holbox is so tiny and secluded, there are no cars on the island. Just these awesome golf carts! This was our sweet ride for the day. ;)

Incredible travel photos from the enchanted island of Isla Holbox off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You must see this island once before you die. #travel #cancun #mexico Photo via Susan.

We had an incredible lunch at Hotel Las Nubes, a secluded boutique hotel with some of the most delicious cuisine on the island. This was our stunning lunch view.

Incredible travel photos from the enchanted island of Isla Holbox off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You must see this island once before you die. #travel #cancun #mexico

Stairway to the sea.

Incredible travel photos from the enchanted island of Isla Holbox off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You must see this island once before you die. #travel #cancun #mexico

Our own private paradise.

Incredible travel photos from the enchanted island of Isla Holbox off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You must see this island once before you die. #travel #cancun #mexico

We had a fabulous meal on this deck overlooking the ocean.

Incredible travel photos from the enchanted island of Isla Holbox off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You must see this island once before you die. #travel #cancun #mexico

After lunch, we hopped on the golf cart to explore the island.

Incredible travel photos from the enchanted island of Isla Holbox off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You must see this island once before you die. #travel #cancun #mexico

Here are a few of the fun things we saw on this magical island.

Incredible travel photos from the enchanted island of Isla Holbox off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You must see this island once before you die. #travel #cancun #mexico

Secret tropical tree-lined boardwalk.

Incredible travel photos from the enchanted island of Isla Holbox off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You must see this island once before you die. #travel #cancun #mexico

Hidden pools.

Incredible travel photos from the enchanted island of Isla Holbox off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You must see this island once before you die. #travel #cancun #mexico

 

Incredible travel photos from the enchanted island of Isla Holbox off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You must see this island once before you die. #travel #cancun #mexico

Tropical paradise.

Incredible travel photos from the enchanted island of Isla Holbox off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You must see this island once before you die. #travel #cancun #mexico

I could hang out here all day.

Incredible travel photos from the enchanted island of Isla Holbox off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You must see this island once before you die. #travel #cancun #mexico

Or here.

Incredible travel photos from the enchanted island of Isla Holbox off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You must see this island once before you die. #travel #cancun #mexico

Mayan Hands massage, anyone? Yes please.

Incredible travel photos from the enchanted island of Isla Holbox off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You must see this island once before you die. #travel #cancun #mexico

Afternoon siesta.

Incredible travel photos from the enchanted island of Isla Holbox off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You must see this island once before you die. #travel #cancun #mexico

Cute little stop signs!

Incredible travel photos from the enchanted island of Isla Holbox off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You must see this island once before you die. #travel #cancun #mexico

Lots of fun little shops.

Incredible travel photos from the enchanted island of Isla Holbox off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You must see this island once before you die. #travel #cancun #mexico

So fun with all the colorful golf carts everywhere!

Loved our day exploring Isla Holbox. It truly felt like our own private, quiet paradise.

Our next adventure was one I’ll never forget. More from Cancun to come soon. :) xoxo

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23 Responses
  1. Kristin

    Hi! Stumbled upon your page while planning a trip to Holbox! Do you have the name of boat tour/transfer you took over? Hw do you reccomend getting there from Cancun? 
    Is there enough to do there to stay couple days?! 

    Thanks 
    Kristin

  2. Olivia Jablinski

    I’m going to the Yucutan Peninsula in August and I am planning on going to Isla Holbox while I’m there. I am wondering if making a day trip to Isla Holbox from Cancun is feasible or do I need to make arrangements to stay over night on the island in order to get the most out of it? Any tips are greatly appreciated!

    Thanks!

  3. Petra

    Hi Amanda, thank you very much for your nice story about isla Holbox. I am planning to go there with my family in march. Please, that golf cart what is on your photo, is it like bike for two and we can have 2 kids in front? what was the price please? thank you very much Amanda.
    Best regards. Petra

  4. Lotte

    Hi Kevin and Amanda,
    i would like to make a trip to Isla Holbox. Your pictures are amazing. I hope you can help me with information how I get to Isla Holbox. I would like to find out the island by myself, not with a organisation. Do you have any information for me? How did you get to Isla Holbox? I would appreciate the information. Thank you!

    1. Mariam

      Hey Lotte! I saw your post and I’m looking for the same. Did you got any information? I will appreciate any information :)

  5. Karina

    I am taking a trip to Cancun in January. I would love to go to this wonderful place! How do you access it? Is a reservation or tour required? I’d appreciate the information! Thank you!

  6. Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen

    Absolutely stunning! I want to go there. I’ve been to Cancun quite a few times but have never had the chance to check out that island. Next time I go, I’m doing it!

  7. Lindsay

    This is SO gorgeous. It’s 25 degrees in PA today so I’m just staring at your pics wishing I were on that stairway to the sea. I’ve never been to Cancun. Looks just beautiful!

  8. Kimberly Killebrew

    Oh gosh, here I am freezing my butt of in WA and you’re posting picture of a tropical paradise – so cruel! :) Isla Holbox looks positively magical. My husband and I have been talking about taking a trip to Cancun next year and you’ve given us some great destinations to consider, thanks!

  9. Veronica

    Hello I found your blog searching for something in google. I have a question which has nothing to do with your post. But I’m a blogger too and I was just wondering how do you get your photos to view has large as they do. I have blogger.com and once I upload the photos look small and you have to click on them to view it larger.

  10. Janie Gore

    The color of water is incredible! So beautiful. I am from California and the water definitely doesn’t look like that here!

  11. Marie R

    Thanks ladies for taking me on the trip with you (gorgeous photos). I’ve enjoyed a Great time with your friends (girls time out)! hugs

  12. Alice

    Oh my goodness! I love the tour! I can almost smell the ocean. One of my favorite places. Thanks so much for the beautiful pictures.
    Smiles, Alice

  13. Jenny Flake

    Wow, this really is a heavenly place!!! Love your gorgeous colorful photos! Now I feel like traveling somewhere, lol! xo

  14. Anele @ Success Along the Weigh

    How fun! When we were in Carmel, CA we saw those peddle carts and wanted to rent one so bad but it would’ve screamed tourist a little more than this would since cars aren’t allowed. I see we’ll have to make a trip down there to do it! ;-)

  15. Belinda

    I have lots of friends who go to Cancun, but I have learned more about the area in your 2 blogs than I have from them! Thank you! I enjoy following along with your travels! :-)

  16. Tom @ Raise Your Garden

    Wow I’ve never been to Cancun before and your pictures made me feel like I was right there. I’ve added Cancun to our possible vacation list after seeing your trip. Thanks.

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