Holbox: pristine beaches, sandy streets and some of the best real estate opportunities


Holbox beaches

The Mayans, who had a special connection with the beautiful nature surrounding them, considered the lagoon of Holbox island to be the fountain of youth and rejuvenation. These days, Holbox real estate is one of the best kept secrets of the Mexican Caribbean, as it is the source of unparalleled opportunities at one of the most unspoiled islands. "Trendsetters are now heading for the happy-chic island of Holbox, 40 miles north-west of Cancun," says The Guardian, which compares Isla Holbox to the early days of Tulum.

HOLBOX means “dark hole” in Mayan language, because it is dotted with cenotes (sinkholes) and natural springs. Its first European inhabitants were sailors, who fell in love with the island’s pristine beauty and decided to settle on its shores in 1873.

The island hasn’t changed much since the times of ancient Mayans, pirates and European sailors.

Separated from the Yucatan Peninsula by a lagoon, and located close to Cancun (20-minute ferry ride or a flight from Playa del Carmen or Cancun), Holbox looks like it came straight from a movie – colorful houses line sandy streets, the main method of transportation are golf carts, white sand beaches stretch lazily into the distance, the sunsets are bright and romantic, and iguanas roam next to people.

 

Here are some of the top things to do on the island while you are shopping for Holbox real estate:

 

1. Yum Balam. HOLBOX is a part of the Yum Balam ecological reserve, encompassing over 59,500 square miles and home to thousands of endangered species. The reserve is a beautiful piece of the earth with rainforests, wetlands, barrier islands and reefs, pristine beaches, rivers, lagoons, and cenotes, where you can observe pink flamingos, sharks, whale sharks, pink dolphins, giant Manta Rays, jaguars and other many species in their natural environment. The 6th of June, 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the Yum Balam ecological reserve.

 

2. Whale sharks. One of the main tourist draws is the whale shark season as Holbox is one of the few places in the world where one can see and swim with these extraordinary creatures, considered to be the biggest fish on Earth, measuring 15-50 feet (5-16 m) in length and weighing up to 10 tons. The season starts in May, and from mid-June till September you are almost guaranteed an encounter. Whale sharks normally stay at surface level and it’s easy to spot them. Whale shark has nothing in common with whales, only their size. It is a peaceful fish that will not attack and is harmless to humans.

 

3. Kitesurfing. Holbox island is a kitesurfers’ paradise, one of the favorite kitesurfing destinations in Mexico. It is also ideal for beginners due to warm shallow waters with no obstacles, and wide beaches. There are many windy days throughout the year, especially in the winter. It is perfect for advancers kitesurfers as well, especially when the north wind reaches 28 knots. The best wind is from November to August.

 

4. Fishing. The locals of Holbox have been fishermen for centuries, and now you can also share their fishing secrets on one of the local fishing tours that will take you to the hidden spots. Another option is fly fishing, also a popular choice. The best months to fish are from June to August, when different species migrate so there is more variety. You can expect to catch bonefish, barracuda, snapper, permit and mackerel, and others.

 

5. Yalahau lagoon. Visit a beautiful cenote, located in a quiet corner of the island. Enjoy beautiful scenery and refreshing clear water. Reachable by a boat trip through a lagoon and a short walk through a mangrove forest. It’s best if you plan to spend the day at the lagoon.

 

6. Cycling. Rent bikes and go around the island. You will feel independent, will be able to stop wherever you want, and will be able to admire its natural, virgin beauty.

 

7. Bird watching and crocodile tours. Take one of the animal watching torus offered on the island, and you will have an adventure of a lifetime. Isla Pajaros and Isla Pasion is where the tours take you to bird watch.

 

8. Sunsets. Admire some of the best sunsets you have ever seen. Punta Coco is a great beach for sunsets, so get your ready for some cold beers and breathtaking views.

 

9. Restaurants. Try delicious food in one of the typical island restaurants, such as La Isla del Colibri. It’s a cozy, cute restaurant, located in a Caribbean-style house, painted in bright colors and serving local Mexican food with an island’s special twist. Other restaurants worth a visit include Viva Zapata, Las Panchas and others.

 

Take a look at our Holbox real estate options, some rare opportunities in one of the few remaining virgin islands of Mexico. We have just received Holbox beachfront lots for sale, starting at $180K USD - an incredible opportunity! The lots that we offer are titled and have necessary documents for development, offering a unique chance to own property in a magic place, where the Caribbean Sea meets the Gulf of Mexico, the sunsets are peaceful, and life is happy.

 

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