Holbox, An Island On The Verge...
Dreamy, sleepy, enchanting, and peaceful are just a few words to describe this island on the verge of becoming a major tourist attraction. I am blessed to know it before it officially has streets, traffic lights, and bustling tourists from every corner of the earth.
The irony of finding a gem is that what makes it so special is also just “about” to morph and change into a town where people will stand in line to take a photo in front of the letters that spell the beach town. However, I am happy to share my experience with all of you so that you are ready for your first visit.
Doesn't this look like the island is just bragging?
GETTING THERE FROM PLAYA DEL CARMEN: The good news for those of you that want to experience Holbox, is that you no longer have to take a bus to Cancun and then transfer to another bus. There is now a direct bus that leaves Playa Del Carmen at 9:20am (Juarez Station only) and the ride lasts two hours and 20 minutes. It arrives just in time for the noon ferry! The ferry takes about 18 to 25 minutes.
***Special Hint: the red ferry is nicer and quicker. It also costs the same as the blue one. Getting to this island considered as 1 of 5 most peaceful in the world—just got easier!
LODGING: I stayed at Tribu and I am so glad I did. There were like minded individuals there ready to explore the island and to share memorable times with. I am aware that the hostel environment is not for everyone, but you can get private rooms and enjoy the social aspect as well. Personally, I love hostels because it gives me the chance as a solo traveler to meet people and listen to their stories and backgrounds.
FOOD: For breakfast, I went to this charming place called “La Isla del Colibri” and I was hooked.
It has a rustic feel and a casual vibe. This local spot serves a wonderful breakfast that offers you a variety of fruit juices, smoothies, Mexican specialties, and a decent cup of coffee. I loved taking photos here and immersing myself in the local colors. Although this place is open for all three meals, I only went for breakfast. Just look at the colors! What isn’t there to love?
How about lunch and/or dinner?
Hands down the best place on the island to grab lunch or dinner for me was RAICES.
Do not miss it and their fabulous Pescado Tikin-Xic. The Mayan specialty means "dry fish" and is marinated with adobo de Achiote and sour oranges. Once it is seasoned it is then wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in an earth oven beneath a wood fire. The one served here is more than enough for two people.
EXPLORING: Visit Yum Balam on the south side. I am aware that one of the best things to do on the island is to go on an excursion and visit the flamingos on Isla Passion. However, few take the stroll to the most deserted part of the island where you will find complete solitude and wildlife. It is a bit of a walk or bike ride, but it is worth it in the end to find yourself secluded in ultimate bliss.
Finally, do not miss the absolutely AMAZING sunsets.
Note of caution: If you are afraid of birds for some reason, this is a great opportunity to face those fears:) Holbox is full of birds and it may remind you of that Hollywood movie. However, that fear is all in your head. I was able to conquer that silly hesitation by getting as close to them as possible. I lived.