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MEXICO - ISLA HOLBOX

MEXICO - ISLA HOLBOX

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Mexico

After the state of delirium caused by Burning Man, my boyfriend and I decided we would take some time out to lie horizontal on some of the World’s most breathtakingly clear blue beaches in the north west of Mexico. Being low season (8th – 21st September) we knew it was a perfect time to avoid the crowds and enjoy the white sands and wildlife for ourselves.

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Isla Holbox

This is one of the more untouched islands on the Yucatan Peninsula, lying at the tip of the Peninsula where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean. Only a small fraction of the island is developed (the rest protected for wildlife), there is only one ATM and no cars are allowed – yellow golf buggies taxi people around. Sounds like heaven, right?

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Where to stay?

We stayed in the traditional Mayan style thatched roofed Posada Mawimbi. With its friendly staff, regularly updated fresh sea food menu, oversized beds and organic toiletries we were thrilled with our choice. The neighbouring hotel Casa Las Tortugas, which is slightly more upmarket, also served delicious and a larger selection of food if we wanted to ‘mix it up’ and get a fresh juice to cure my Margarita-fuelled hangover!

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Where to eat?

We explored most of the Islands restaurants due to my eagerness to always ‘try something new’ but to be perfectly honest, most restaurants served up pretty similar menus. One of our hands down favourites was Los Pelenos, which much to our surprise specialised in seafood pasta.  We had hands down the bestLobster Ravioli and lobster tacos we have ever tasted! Another great spot for good cocktails and as much seafood as you can possibly eat was, Viva Zapata, where we ordered the famous sea food grill.

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What to do?

Apart from making the most of doing absolutely nothing, we went on a Whale Shark and deep sea fishing tour that included almost everything from swimming with sharks, rays, turtles, making your own fresh cerviche, gawping at mangroves and waving at flamingos. It was a long day (be sure to pack lots of sun cream) but totally worth it at around 900 pesos, which was booked through the Tribu hostel. We only managed to see one Whale Shark (which is usually shared between 10 other tour boats) so if this is one of the main reasons for your visit to Isla Holbox, I would suggest visiting a couple of weeks earlier where there is zero cloud cover.

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