Best of Holbox

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Holbox
Perched above the Yucatan Peninsula, the car-free island of Holbox has breathtaking beaches, scenic lagoons and tropical rainforest with an astonishing abundance of wildlife. The entire island is part of Yum Balam, a 590-square-mile land and marine reserve that’s home to jaguars, tapirs, manatees and over 400 bird species. East of Holbox, the Caribbean Sea meets the Gulf of Mexico at Cabo Catoche, an area of pristine rainforest, virgin beaches, and abundant sea life. In the summer, massive whale sharks congregate near the island, offering unforgettable opportunities to swim with these gentle giants.

There are countless ways to experience the allure of this pristine region. Previous kimkim travelers have headed out on paddling excursions among the mangroves at dawn — the best time to see wildlife. Evening offers equally rewarding possibilities on tours kayaking under the stars. This is the chance to see bioluminescence (the otherworldly glow of light produced by sea organisms) as well as the spectacle overhead of unpolluted, constellation-filled skies. 
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Chichen Itza Tzompantli — Wall of Skulls
Mexico Culture & Beaches: Tulum, Valladolid, Holbox Island, & More - 10 Days

Explore ancient Maya ruins, kick back on the beach, and visit the rainforest on this ten-day trip to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Start the trip in Tulum for swims in cenotes, then head to Valladolid to see Chichen Itza and other archaeological sites. End the trip on Holbox Island, a car-free oasis of sprawling beaches and quiet cafes.

Traditional meal
Mexico Culture & Beaches: Tulum, Valladolid, Holbox Island, & More - 11 Days

Swim in a hidden jungle cenote, explore the Playa Ruinas near Tulum, and more on this eleven-day exploration of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. You'll go caving underground to see ancient geologic formations, visit the archaeological site of Coba, and end the trip by relaxing on Holbox Island's beautiful sand beaches.

Sunset on Holbox Island
Map of Treasures of the Yucatan Peninsula with Beach Stay - 10 Days
Treasures of the Yucatan Peninsula with Beach Stay - 10 Days

This 10-day itinerary starts and ends in Cancun. In between, you'll enjoy a journey through the heart of the Yucatán Peninsula, learning about Mayan history at Chichén Itzá, visiting colorful seaside villages, relaxing on the beach, snorkeling around the coral reef off Puerto Morelos, and taking a boat to Isla Holbox for a few days away from civilization.

Laguna Chunyaxche
Mexican Culture & Beaches: Tulum, Valladolid, Holbox Island, & More - 9 Days

From peaceful jungle cenotes to the colonial streets of Valladolid, this nine-day trip covers millennia of history and culture and leaves plenty of time for relaxation. Swim in the jungle, visit Chichen Itza — one of the Seven Wonders and relax on the car-free beaches of Holbox Island. Immerse yourself into local life as you learn about local indigenous culture & customs and eat a delicious traditional meal.

Bacalar Lagoon
Nature & Mayan Life: Tulum, Bacalar, Merida, Holbox, & More - 14 Days

Two weeks is the perfect amount of time to see some of Mexico's best archaeological sites — including Chichen Itza — while also leaving plenty of time for relaxation. You'll swim in beautiful cenotes, explore the colonial city of Merida, and experience indigenous culture. End with a couple days on Holbox Island, where sand, surf, and beautiful sunshine await.

Yokdzonot Cenote
Nature & Mayan Life: Tulum, Bacalar, Merida, Holbox, & More - 15 Days

A fifteen-day trip to Mexico is enough time to explore major archaeological sites, while leaving room for beach relaxation. Float in the turquoise blue water of the Chemuyil Cenotes, explore ancient Mayan ruins and experience indigenous cultural traditions. You'll get to visit Chichen Itza, soak in the sun on the beaches of Holbox Island, and sample authentic tequila while taking in sunset beach views.

Ancient Maya ruins of Ek'Balam
Map of Highlights of Southern Mexico: Chiapas &  Yucatán - 12 Days
Highlights of Southern Mexico: Chiapas & Yucatán - 12 Days

This family-friendly itinerary of southern Mexico combines cultural activities with plenty of natural exploration. The first half of your trip will see you exploring Chiapas' Sumidero Canyon, el Chiflón and Misol-Ha waterfalls, and the impressive ruins of Palenque. From there, you will head to colonial-era Campeche where you will pick up your rental car and tour the Yucatán: from modern Mayan communities to ancient ruins, from refreshing cenotes to the white sands of Holbox Island.

Ancient Uxmal Ruins
Nature & Mayan Life: Tulum, Bacalar, Merida, Holbox, & More - 13 Days

Spend thirteen days exploring the best of the Yucatan Peninsula on this whirlwind itinerary. You'll explore the highlights — Tulum, Bacalar, Uxmal, and Merida — while also leaving a couple of days to soak in the sun on Holbox Island. Little moments make this trip extra special: like sunrise at the Chichen Itza ruins or visiting an indigenous community to learn about their way of life.

Enjoying the views
Nature & Mayan Life: Tulum, Bacalar, Merida, Holbox, & More - 16 Days

Explore the best of Mexico's offerings on this comprehensive 16-day trip. Swim in crystal clear cenotes and go sailing in the Bacalar Lagoon. Continue to Chunhuhub for a mystical bonfire experience, then spend a few days exploring the historical sites of Merida and Chichen Itza. End the trip on Holbox Island for several days of sun, beach, and surf.

Agua Azul Waterfall
Map of Family Trip to Chiapas & the Riviera Maya - 14 Days
Family Trip to Chiapas & the Riviera Maya - 14 Days

On this family-friendly two-week itinerary, you'll discover the diverse state of Chiapas, with its jungle waterfalls, colonial cities, and Mayan communities. Then you'll pick up a rental car and drive yourself around the Yucatán Peninsula, stopping to relax on the beach, swim in cenotes, and visit archaeological ruins perched high above the Caribbean Sea.

Exploring the Cenotes
Explore the Mayan World: Tulum, Chichen Itza, Valladolid, Holbox Island, & More - 18 Days

Take eighteen relaxing days to drive through the Yucatan Peninsula as you explore the best that Mexico has to offer: colonial cities, indigenous communities, white-sand beaches, and ancient Mayan ruins. Start the trip in Tulum for a dip into a turquoise cenote, then head to Bacalar for a sail on the lagoon. End in Valladolid and Holbox Island for sunrise at Chichen Itza and a couple days on the beach.

Puerto Morelos
Explore the Mayan World: Tulum, Chichen Itza, Valladolid, Holbox Island, & More - 19 Days

Drive from city to beach on this nineteen-day immersive trip through the Yucatan Peninsula. From the colonial cities of Merida and Valladolid to the ancient Maya ruins of Chichen Itza and Uxmal, you'll explore the best that the region has to offer. Tour historic sites, sample local fare, relax on beaches, and more as you make your way through the jungles and roads of the area.

Scuba diving in the Yucatan
Explore the Mayan World: Tulum, Chichen Itza, Valladolid, Holbox Island, & More - 21 Days

Fully immerse yourself into Mexican history and culture on this comprehensive three-week trip. From the colonial cities of Merida and Valladolid to the ancient Mayan ruins of Uxmal and Chichen Itza, this trip covers millennia of history and leaves room for relaxation and food. End the trip on Holbox Island for some of Mexico's loveliest beaches and plenty of sunshine

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