Sunday, February 18, 2018

Mexico Diary - Paradise Holbox

Hello there, adventurers and dreamers! I hope you're all having a great weekend. I was pretty busy all week long so today my boyfriend and I are just chilling at home and I'm working a little on my blog. I have some photos of our last stops left in Mexico before I will be posting about more recent events and my beloved home Mallorca again.
Today's post is about one of my favorite places in Mexico, the beautiful island of Holbox, a true paradise for beach and art lovers like me! All over the island you can feel the free spirit. There are no cars but golf carts and bikes on sandy roads instead, most of the buildings are small, made of wood and painted in joyful colors, there are palm trees, hammocks, graffitis and beautiful handicrafts made with the typical sea shells called 'conchas' everywhere. Holbox has been my personal favorite among all the wonderful places we visited in Mexico. Its secluded beaches, slow life and laid-back vibes allowed us to finally realx a bit after almost three weeks of traveling through Mexico. Holbox is still more quiet and by far less touristy than other islands of the Yucatan peninsula. A world without pressure and worries, so to say a bohemian paradise, an island where time seems to stand still.

How to Get There
The most common transport to use is the ferry which takes less than an hour from the small coastal town of Chiquila. The ferry runs every half hour so it's never too crowded and it's the cheapest way to get to the island too, we paid 140 Pesos per person, about 7 Euro per way. You can also take a private speed boat or even a plane to the island if you're feeling fancy.

Where to Stay
You can either stay at hip, laid-back and less expensive hostels and 'cabañas' that are located in the island's only town or you spend the night at one of the fancy hotels that are located along the beach and all embody simple luxury. We spent two nights at Casa Frida, not just because I'm a huge fan of Frida Kahlo, but also because we loved their apartments we saw on We were not disappointed when we got there. We had a spacious private and fully equipped kitchen (I loved the fact that I finally had a blender to make smoothies), a small dining table and two comfy sofas, a bright and spacious bedroom with two double beds and a large bathroom with a walk-in shower. All apartments had a shared garden with palm trees providing shade, hammocks and swings which I personally loved. I included some photos of Casa Frida in this post so you get an idea of what it looks like.

What to Do
Explore the island by golf cart, you can rent them everywhere and it's so much fun going for a bumpy ride on the sandy roads. Or go for a bike ride along the beach, stop whenever you feel like it and relax in one of the hammocks or on the swings you will find in the water. There are lots of activities offered as well, you can learn how to do kite surfing, go stand up paddling, snorkeling or kayaking. Holbox also has a reputation as a great spot for watching and swimming with wild whale sharks. I personally would have loved to see and swim with them! I mean, hello, I don't get to see these beautiful giants in Europe (or at least not in the Mediterranean sea). However, the whale shark season was already over when we got to Holbox so we unfortunately didn't get a chance to see them. After enjoying the shallow water, white sand and Mexican sun at the beach for a few hours go discover the little town (the only one on Holbox) with its colorful shops, art galleries, excellent restaurants and cute cafés. Taste the local cuisine or sip a delicious cocktail, buy some souvenirs, art and boho or surfer clothes.

I hope this post made you dream a bit on this February Sunday, a second post about our adventures on Holbox will follow soon! Have a relaxed start of the week, my dear readers, and don't forget to wander once in a while, even if it's just in your mind ;-)

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