is no better place to get away from it all than on Isla
Holbox. This small island (25 km/16 mi long) rests at the
tip of Quintana Roo, just north of Cancun and offers a kind
of romance and tranquility that is rare these days. The
small village has no paved roads and the gregarious residents
get around on electric golf carts. On the gulf side of the
island are long stretches of sand, where the birds gather
to bask in the sun. It’s a beachcomber’s paradise
– the sands are strewn with hundreds of seashells.
Afternoon breezes from the Gulf of Mexico ensure that the
island remains cool. Hotels are charming but few fall into
the luxury category as compared to Cancun.But with that
breeze, glorious sunrises and sunsets, serenity and calm,
fresh seafood and cold beer, swinging in a hammock under
a palapa roof may be all that you need. To get there from
Cancun, take Highway 180 (almost to Chemax), after the checkpoint
station, turn north to Kantunilkin road. Follow this road
north to the village of Chiquilá where the road ends.
Here you can catch a ferry or a water taxi to Isla Holbox.
Times vary but there are usually five crossings per day.
Ferries cost $1.50, water taxis $15. Total travel time from
Cancun, including ferry crossing is approximately 4 hours.