What to do in Holbox: the island most complete guide for you

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You still don’t know what to do in Holbox? This island paradise located northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula is a must if you visit Mexico. If you need ideas to complete your travel itinerary our complete guide to the country will be of help.

Holbox offers tranquility, relaxation and much more. You can do various activities and discover places full of charm. And yes, this island is a clear example of a tropical paradise. Welcome to the Riviera Maya!

Also, it seems that due to the current COVID situation in Mexico, as of today (July 2021) you can visit Holbox and become a dream fulfilled.

But, let’s focus on what to do in Holbox. If you can’t wait to discover the magic of the place, join us in this post!

Holbox town houses

Visit Punta Coco

Punta Coco is one of the most spectacular places on the island and that is why it is on our list of things to do in Holbox. It’s located very close to town (2.5 km approx.) so you can walk there, rent a golf cart or a bicycle. These transports are the most usual in the territory.

On the day trip to Holbox you will arrive at Punta Coco by boat, as you will depart from Passion Island. When you arrive at Punta Coco beach you will be able to meet the birds and pink flamingos so friendly in the area 🙂

Of course, don’t forget to say hello to the starfish and turtles as well. Obviously many more animals live together in this region, and it is not surprising because Mexico is one of the Latin America’s most biodiverse countries.

punta Coco aerial view

In case you still have any doubts, this beach is synonymous with disconnection. You’ll find fine, white sand, not to mention the crystalline water. It’s so transparent that you won’t need snorkeling equipment; with your own eyes you’ll be able to see the seabed.

In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to take pictures on the famous collapsing platforms or hammocks that are right on the shore, you can feel the water of the riviera on your feet. This way you have unbeatable proof that you’ve been enjoying the Riviera Maya 😉

But, it’s not all sand and sea, there’s much more to do. On your walk around Punta Coco you’ll see a pier where you can enjoy a wonderful sunset, and if you keep walking, you’ll find a tongue of sand that few people know about.

Explore nearby islands

It’s true that Holbox has a lot to see and a great variety of activities but who doesn’t want to be in the Riviera Maya and visit the more places the better? I think you already know what to do during your stay there.

We know that the Yucatan Peninsula is unique and its nooks couldn’t be more idyllic. For example, if you visit Chichen Itza and sacred cenote you can say that you have been to one of the 7 wonders of the world and have bathed in a Mayan cenote.

So, take advantage of being in Holbox and enjoy its nearest islands: Isla de la Pasión and Isla Mujeres 😉

Sunset in Isla Mujeres beach

Passion Island

Passion Island offers you tranquility and the chance to fulfill one of your most tropical dreams: to enjoy the views of a paradisiacal and unspoiled beach while sipping a refreshing drink. It’s quite an adventure and even more so if it’s in our hands, with the tour to Holbox.

The pink flamingos, birds and pigs can also be observed on this island. A place discovered by Ferdinand Magellan and characterized by its historical value.

Pink flamingos in Passion Island

Isla Mujeres

If you still don’t know what to do in Holbox, visiting the famous Isla Mujeres is 100% recommended. This island is located a little further southeast, so you have to take advantage of the proximity of both 😉

Isla Mujeres is so named because the Mayan ancestors of the area made sacred cults to Ixchel, the goddess of the moon, love and fertility. These rituals consisted of depositing female forms on the shore.

In this corner of the Riviera Maya you can do various activities such as the Catamaran Isla Mujeres tour or the Whale Shark Tour (one of the largest fish in the world), to live the experience to the fullest.

Agua de la playa en Isla Mujeres

Discover Punta Mosquito

Punta Mosquito is located near the town and visiting it is always a good plan if you don’t know what to do in Holbox. On our tour you’ll discover its coastal dunes, tour the area and see its wonderful flora and fauna.

We recommend you bring plenty of water and sunscreen. If you are one of the most cautious, you can even bring a hat or a cap to protect you even more from the sun 🙂

But, you can’t miss a good diet if you’re going to spend so much time under the sun, so you can always dare to vary your diet by trying some of the 8 basic dishes of Mexican gastronomy.

Birds in Punta Mosquito beach

Sunset in Holbox

There are places that give off magic by themselves and even more if they are accompanied by a sunset and good company. So now you know what to see in Holbox, the sunset you will always remember 👌

Seeing Holbox covered with the golden light of the sunset makes it even more beautiful. Many take the opportunity to photograph it and others simply contemplate it for hours to retain it in their memory. Who doesn’t like to watch a sunset

Orange sunset in Holbox

Eating lobster pizza

While it’s true that lobster pizza is not in our 8 basic dishes of Mexican gastronomy, it is one of Holbox’s specialties and there’s no better place to try it than right there, where it was first invented.

It’s true that you won’t be eating lobster pizza during your entire stay but it’s so good that it has earned its place on our list of things to do in Holbox. Plus, it can be a perfect plan if you don’t know what to do when it’s raining 😉

Enjoy Street Art

If you’re a fan of street art you’ll already know that Sao Paulo is one of the graffiti capitals of Latin America. But this Yucatan Peninsula island can also boast about its street art.

In the town of Holbox you can go strolling around the corners and find graffiti that are true works of art, it could be a good answer to what to see and do in Holbox 😉

Street art in Holbox

Surely one of these 6 plans has a place in your agenda 🙂 Now you just have to decide what to do in Holbox and enjoy the adventure. What will you do first ?


Lucia's life motto is "go with the flow". She lets herself go with the flow and joins any plan.

She has been lucky enough to travel to many different places, but her perfect trip is any place with sun, sand and sea. Indecisive by nature, she would not know how to choose between the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands in Spain, or between Mexican and Peruvian food. Maybe that's why she will never say no to a trip... She has to find answers!

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