Tips for Visiting Isla Holbox with Kids

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We knew we wanted to visit Mexico, but we aren’t a huge fan of massive resorts and huge amounts of people. So whilst flying into Cancun airport (directly from the UK) was the best option for our 10 days in Mexico over Christmas and New Year, we decided to hunt out some places to visit with a little more of the magic we like.

Isla Holbox offers just that kind of magic. This laid-back gem off the Yucatan Peninsula’s coast entices backpackers and those who love an Ibiza vibe with its turquoise waters, powdery beaches, and beach front bars with incredible sunsets. But does it work for kids too?

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Absolutely and here’s why Isla Holbox should be your next family adventure:

Easy to get to: At just under 3 hours door to door (including the ferry from Chiquila) you can pick up a transfer from Cancun Airport to Holbox from just £25 per adult, or £173 for up to 7 people with The ferry is short, fun and a great experience for kids.

Beaches: The island’s best beach is Playa Holbox, with 3km stretch of pristine white sand. The gentle waves lap at the shore, creating a calm haven for little ones to splash, build sandcastles, and collect seashells. Rent an umbrella and chairs, or simply sprawl out under the palm trees for a relaxing afternoon.

Wildlife Wonders: Beyond the beach, Isla Holbox is a nature lover’s paradise. During the Summer months you can head out on a boat tour and witness the majestic whale sharks gliding through the crystal-clear water. There are also flamingos and dolphins around. For a completely unique experience, visit Punta Mosquito, a natural bioluminescent phenomenon where the water shimmers with an ethereal glow at night.

For older children, consider a kayak tour through the mangroves, where they can learn about the delicate ecosystem and maybe even spot some hidden creatures

Explore: Exploring the island is a delight in itself. There are no cars on Isla Holbox but you can rent golf carts or bikes, which are great fun for navigating the sandy streets and exploring the colorful town center. There is street art, great shops to buy handcrafted souvenirs, and you can easily grab coconut water from street vendors. We LOVED the mango lolly’s you could buy on the beach.

Food: Isla Holbox is brilliant for fresh seafood lovers. There is also brilliant tacos, and grilled fish at the many many beachfront restaurants. Kids who don’t like this kind of thing will find something to tempt them, from pizzas to pasta and fresh fruit smoothies. Don’t miss out on the island’s signature “marquesitas” – crispy crepes filled with Nutella, cheese, or a variety of other sweet and savory options.

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Evening: After a day of adventure, unwind in the central plaza. Grab some ice cream, watch local musicians perform, or let the kids loose on the playground. Many restaurants offer live music and dance performances in the evenings, perfect for enjoying a family dinner under the stars.

Beyond the Beach: While beaches and wildlife take the spotlight, Isla Holbox offers other experiences for curious minds. Explore the Isla Holbox Museum, which provides insight into the island’s history and culture. Hike through the lush Punta Coco National Park, where you can spot Mayan ruins and diverse birdlife. Or, for a cultural immersion, visit a local market and practice your Spanish bartering for souvenirs.

Where to stay in Holbox: So many different places to stay in Holbox.


  • Planning: Book accommodations well in advance, especially during peak season.
  • Packing: Pack beach essentials like sunscreen, hats, swimsuits, and water shoes. Don’t forget insect repellent, light long-sleeved shirts for evenings, and comfortable walking shoes for exploring.
  • Respecting the Environment: Remember, Isla Holbox is a fragile ecosystem. Be mindful of your footprint by using reusable water bottles, avoiding single-use plastics, and respecting the wildlife.
  • Embracing the Pace: Unlike bustling resorts, Isla Holbox operates on “island time.” Embrace the slower pace, relax, and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere.

Isla Holbox is more than just a beach destination; it’s an adventure waiting to be explored. With its diverse activities, stunning natural beauty, and welcoming atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to create lasting memories with your little ones. So, pack your bags, grab your sense of adventure, and get ready to discover the magic of Isla Holbox!

Bonus Tips:

  • Consider a private boat tour for a more personalized experience with smaller groups and flexible timings.
  • Pack some basic games or activities for downtime at the beach or hotel.
  • Learn some basic Spanish phrases to enhance your interactions with locals.
  • Check the weather forecast before you go, as occasional rain showers can occur.
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