A short distance off the Caribbean coast of Mexico, near the bustling city of Cancun, is a fascinating island that has been captivating hearts and enchanting visitors for quite some time. Holbox Island, one of the few places on earth that remains relatively unscathed by the hands of man, is a haven for nature lovers and those looking to escape into a natural paradise.
Yum Balam Nature Reserve
Holbox Island is located in the Yum Balam Nature Reserve, one of the most valuable ecological regions in the world. At a little over 26 miles long and just 1.2 miles wide, Holbox provides refuge to over 150 species of birds, an array of wildlife and a diverse ecosystem of fish and other marine life. The island is most well known for its large gathering of harmless whale sharks that make Holbox home from May to October.
A mecca of peace and tranquility, the relatively small island, home to a quaint fishing village, is the perfect place to become one with nature. Visitors can head out on the white sand streets to tour the colorful town, discover Islas Pajaros (Bird Island) where a diverse array of exotic birds make Yalahau Lagoon their home, or they can explore an underwater world while scuba diving or snorkeling in the surrounding expanse of pristine, coralline seas.
Much like the history of Cancun, Holbox Island is cloaked in the mysticism of the ancient Mayas. The island, named after the Mayan word for “black hole,” in reference to the dark colors that lie beneath the Yalahau Lagoon, has a freshwater spring that the Mayas believed to be a source of youth. Upon submerging oneself in the Ojo de Agua Cenote, visitors would miraculously feel ten years younger. Nowadays, individuals head to the freshwater spring to enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings while diving in for a refreshing swim.
Holbox Island provides the perfect day trip for Garza Blanca Residence Club members staying at Villa del Palmar Cancun. While most visitors come for the world class fishing and unparalleled water activities, many spend their days horseback riding, bird watching and simply relaxing.
The best way to reach the island is by air or ferry, the latter taking off from a small town just two hours north of Cancun, and tours can be organized through the travel agents at Villa Del Palmar Cancun. Whether spending a few hours or a couple days, Holbox Island is sure to leave you contemplating the wonders of nature.