A ‘Holboxeño’ is a born and bred local of Holbox, a unique paradisiacal island hidden away in the far corner of the Yucatan Peninsula on the Mayan Riviera. Holbox translates directly into Spanish from Yucatec Maya as Hoyo Negro – Black Hole – and its name is thought to have derived from the shallow lagoon, which in the past was considered to be a fountain of youth.
The long stretches of untouched, white, sandy beaches; the bright turquoise-green sea; the colourful village with its streets made of sand; and the absence of city traffic– this very special island offers you a perfect holidaying destination whether travelling on a budget or looking for a luxury get-away.
Holbox encompasses everything you could want in a paradise island – relaxation, beauty, colour – without sacrificing the luxury or comforts of larger towns and cities. There is plenty going on for you to explore, day and night. Check our events pages daily to find out what’s on while you are on the island, and take advantage of those special discount deals.
Albeit compact and quaint, there is an abundance of food options available to you on the island. Whatever your budget, whatever your tastes, you won’t be disappointed with the range of tasty national and international dishes on offer. Don’t miss out on the delicious hidden eateries around the island; they’re all listed here for your perusal – just check out our food and drinks page and our complete Holbox map for more information.
Have a look at our events and business pages for more information on what’s hot on Holbox while you’re here.
Good morning Holbox! Learn how to get the most of the day
Come and shake what your mama gave you!
Stay in shape while in Holbox
Sunsets in Holbox are not to be missed! Find tips about the best spots to enjoy them
When the tide is low, a big beautiful sand bank appears in the sea on the main beach creating a perfect path all the way up to the far point of the island.
There aren't many places in the world where you can list sunsets as a 'thing to do', but on Holbox Island, they really are something which need to be noted.
Every year from mid-May to September, the biggest fish in the world, the whale shark, descends upon the waters around Holbox Island.
Take a half-day boat trip to three distinctive points in and around the island.
Take a kayak through dense mangroves, from one side of the island to the other, and get the chance to see the wild side of Holbox.