Isla Holbox, Mexico

Getting there

From Cancun, travelers take a two- to three-hour drive to the town of Chiquila. By public bus (, one-way fares are about $15. By shuttle bus, fares are $40-$80 per person from V.I.P. Holbox ( and Holbox Shuttle (

The only way to reach Holbox from Chiquila is the Chiquila-Holbox ferry, about $5 each way for a 20- to 30-minute ride.

To do

Several companies offer daylong whale-shark tours ($125-$135 per person) and half-day trips to Isla Pajaros, Isla Pasion and Yalahau Lagoon (about $30 per person). Among them: V.I.P. Holbox ( and Holbox Adventure (

Where to stay

The island is small enough that these hotels don’t have street addresses.

Hotelita Casa de las Tortugas: Twenty-six rooms. Doubles $186-$421, breakfast and taxes included. Three-night minimum with full payment in advance (

Posada Mawimbi: Nine rooms, two bungalows. Doubles $158-$248, depending on season. Continental breakfast and taxes included (

La Chaya Eco Hotel: Nine rooms, many with sea views. Doubles about $95, breakfast and taxes included (

Where to eat

El Chapulim: Mexican bistro and artisan beer house. Dinner entrees about $15 (Avenida Tiburon Ballenas;

Restaurante Milpa: Modern Mexican. Dinner entrees about $10-$13 (Calle Palomino;

Mandarina Restaurant and Beach Club: Dinner entrees about $15-$25 (Hotelito Casa las Tortugas,

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