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Area (sq km): 1,972,690
Population: 106,202,903
Nationality: Mexican
Local Name: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Time Zone: -6 to -8 GMT
Currency: 1 peso =
100 centavos
Rate: www.xe.com
Capital: Mexico City
Dialling Code: +52
Electricity: 110V/50Hz
Internet Code: .mx
Religion: Roman Catholic
Climate: Tropical,
Mountain,
Desert
Government: Federal Republic
Inoculations: None
Driving: Right
Int'l License: Required
Banking: M-F 9.00-16.00
Major Airports: Acapulco(ACA),
Cancun(CUN),
Cozumel(CZM),
Los Cabos(SJD),
Mexico City(MEX),
Oaxaca(OAX),
PuertoVallarta(PVR)

Holbox Island, Yucatan

Perhaps not many people have heard about Holbox Island, but those who have had the opportunity to visit it, would, no doubt, agree that it is an enchanting place. The island has been blessed with gleaming white sandy beaches and the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Pelicans on Holbox Island
Pelicans on Holbox Island

Holbox is situated at the very northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula and can be reached by ferry, departing from Chiquila on the mainland; the crossing takes around half-an-hour. Holbox Island is a lovely retreat for those who wish to get away from it all. Here, the pace of life is relaxed, the inhabitants are very friendly; there are no tall buildings and no traffic. The transport on the island mainly consists of golf-carts and bicycles.

Holbox Island’s attractions

Most of Holbox Island’s attractions are perfect for nature and sea lovers. You can embark on a guided tour or hire a boat to visit Birds Island where you can watch wonderful species of birds, including the beautiful flamingos. The gorgeous Yalahau Lagoon is another wonder to admire, especially if you are there first thing in the morning, you might be lucky and encounter some playful dolphins.

Here also, you could have a refreshing dive in the Yalahau Cenote or sweet water spring. Another delightful sight is that of the large whale sharks, which are peaceful creatures, that don’t mind humans swimming along with them.

Holbox Town

Holbox town still has got that old fashioned charm that is not so easy to find nowadays. There are no banks in Holbox and credit cards are not normally accepted, so do not forget to take enough cash with you.

The main occupation of its inhabitants is fishing; you can actually see the fishermen coming ashore with their plentiful catch of the day. You are in for a treat to your palate with the delicious fresh fish and seafood served at the local restaurants. In Holbox town, you will have the opportunity to see how hammocks are hand-knitted by the skilled locals and also how a mandolin is manufactured.

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