Certain islands in the Caribbean take environmental conservancy seriously. One of these is Isla Holbox.
Situated northwest of Cancun and 7 miles north of the tip of the Yucatán Peninsula, Isla Holbox is a small island that is home to thousands of rare and exotic flora and fauna. Thanks in part to its remoteness (it can only be accessed via ferry from Cancun or Chiquila or chartered flights aboard small aircraft that fly visitors in from Playa del Carmen or Cancun), Isla Holbox is considered a truly unspoiled island.
Originally a fishing village, Isla Holbox attracts tourists largely due to the whale sharks that visit the island during migration, specifically from July to December. Accompanied by a guide, visitors can swim in the waters during these months and come face to face with these gentle giants. Recreational anglers will find easy picking in the surrounding waters full of trout, lobster, grouper, and more. Fresh seafood is served in most of the small restaurants that dot the island.
For lodging, visitors can stay at boutique hotels, hostels, and inns. No skyscrapers or high-rises can be found on Isla Holbox in the interest of maintaining the island’s rural charm and ensuring minimal damage to the environment.
Locals and tourists alike get around the island via golf carts. Large vehicles are not allowed entry as they can damage Isla Holbox’s environment and contribute to pollution. Aside from golf cars, motorcycles and bicycles are the main source of transport through the island’s sandy streets.