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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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.

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.

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.

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