Holbox: island beauty and respect for nature

Holbox is one of the best-kept secrets of the Yucatan Peninsula. Located north of Quintana Roo and at about 25 mi (40 km) long and 1.2 mi (2 km) wide, this island of 1,500 residents captivates visitors and encompasses beauty and respect for nature from end to end.

This colorful place, which is part of the biosphere reserve and the Yum Balam Flora and Fauna Protection Area, is about 20 minutes away by ferry, during which you will undoubtedly encounter dolphins and other marine species.

Sustainable ecotourism projects obviously have a place on this island; it’s a natural refuge for many endangered species, including the whale shark, the largest fish in the world. In addition, as part of a commitment to respect nature, there are no paved roads or parking lots, streets are made using white sand, there are no cars and people use bikes, golf carts or motorcycles to get around.

This paradise is a mix of jungle, lagoons, mangroves and more.

Holbox has become an attractive tourist destination thanks to its Caribbean weather, mystical Mayan culture, small, low-impact hotels, cabanas and campsites and the respect all its inhabitants have for the environment.

We don’t always have the opportunity to visit a unique sanctuary like this one, where the clouds drift by, waiting for the stars to appear as a celestial blanket.




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