Disconnected from civilization.

Trip Start Dec 28, 2012
Trip End Jan 05, 2013

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El Colibri restaurant,
Casa Sandra
Las Nubes
Casa de las Tortugas

Flag of Mexico  , Yucatan Peninsula,
Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Holbox (pronounced holbosh and meaning "black hole" in Mayan) is a very small island located about 2 hours from Cancun by car (I think there are flights available from Cancun). This is a place rarely visited by regular tourists but savvy travelers. I did not have knowledge of the existence of this piece of land, it was my better half's idea to go there in the first place, and it was good!

The road from Cancun to Chiquila - the port where you take the ferry to the island - is surrounded by jungle and tiny populations, and you'll pass by a famous millenary tree.

Just getting to Chiquila we noticed we were in the middle of nowhere. We took the 20 minute ferry to the island and got to our hotel in a golf kart. That's right. There are no regular automobiles there, only golf karts and bikes. The small town is about 2K in population, and is about 10 km long

There are various nice hotels, and plenty of hostels like 8 bucks/night. However, when reserving our hotel from home we had trouble finding anything on the web, there's only about 3-4 hotels listed. If you plan to go without a hotel reserved you will easily find a place to stay. There's even people camping by the beach. No one will bother.

On our first day we went "downtown", which is a small square surrounded by restaurants, city hall (HA!), small shops and a Church. We had dinner in a place called El Colibri, which is like a doll house with excellent fish. The two waiters there are wearing Bob Marley T-Shirts and a cap with the cannabis logo... get the idea? All the seafood you eat all over the island is fresh and tasty, considering this is a fisherman's island. However, the food prices are close to a fancy Boston Fish House and they will take from 30 to 45 minutes to get your meal ready. The timing is the same almost everywhere, except for Casa Sandra, an artistic hotel owned by the ex-wife of Pablo MilanÚs, the famous Cuban musician. Great lobster there, BTW. 

We had a relaxing time on the island, walking and driving around on the golf kart, stopping on empty beaches to settle back. Although I enjoyed my time in Holbox I would not stay there for more than a couple of days. 
Activities range from Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Hiking, Fishing and Kite-Surfing (if you don't kite-surf don't waste your time on a class. You'll stay an entire day just learning to fly the kite and wont surf at all).


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Excellent entry, it's a beautiful place to visit, thanks for sharing!

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