An island north of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, Isla Holbox exudes so much serenity that even looking at a photo of it makes you relax. This remote, car-free island is surrounded by khaki-colored sands that disappear into baby blue waters, filled with its own wonders, such as active rainbow-hued marine life, sea turtles and whale sharks – so don’t forget your snorkel and mask. Isla Holbox is an ideal destination for those looking to step away from busyness, and immerse themselves in a full-on communion with nature.
To access this hidden gem, you first need to get to the ferry in Chiquila, which has two companies providing transport to Isla Holbox. Chiquila is a 2-3 hour drive from Cancun. Non-stop flights from North America to Cancun International Airport are offered daily from New York City, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Canada has direct flights from Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, and Edmonton. Travelers coming from Europe can hop on a nonstop flight in London, Paris, Madrid, Frankfurt, and Brussels. There are numerous shuttles that run from the airport to the Holbox Ferry.