Isla Holbox

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Isla Holbox
Island Community
Isla Holbox in June, 2008
Isla Holbox in June, 2008
Isla Holbox is located in Mexico
Isla Holbox
Isla Holbox
Location of Isla Holbox
Coordinates: 21°32′16″N 87°13′12″W / 21.53778°N 87.22000°W / 21.53778; -87.22000Coordinates: 21°32′16″N 87°13′12″W / 21.53778°N 87.22000°W / 21.53778; -87.22000
Country  Mexico
State Flag of Quintana Roo.svg Quintana Roo
Municipality Lázaro Cárdenas
Town Founded[1] 1854
Area
 • Land 55.948 km2 (21.602 sq mi)
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Population (2005[3])
 • Total 1,198
 • Demonym[4] Holboxeños
Time zone Central Standard Time (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)
Major Airport Cancún International Airport
IATA Code CUN
ICAO Code MMUN

Holbox ("black hole" in Yucatec Maya) is an island in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, located on the north coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. It is approximately 41,84 kilometers long and 1.5 kilometers wide, and it is separated from the mainland by a shallow lagoon that is home to flamingos, pelicans and other rich birdlife. Holbox Island is part of the Municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas and also part of the Yum-Balam Biosphere Reserve.

Not yet heavily touristed, the island's main industry is fishing. However, the island is developing a growing tourist industry in the form of whale shark viewing.

The island is accessed by ferry from the mainland town of Chiquila, and has virtually no cars, with transport by most residents and tourists by golf cart or moped. A small airline, Aerosaab, flies tours to Holbox from Cancún and Playa del Carmen; there is even a small airstrip to accommodate Aerosaab's five-seater Cessna aircraft.

The entrance of vehicles is not allowed at Holbox in order to protect the environment and to prevent the streets from getting sand.

Holbox has several alternatives to enjoy nature, but the one that attracts most visitors is the experience of swimming with the impressive whale shark from June to September, an opportunity you can experience in very few parts of the world.

Another alternative is “Isla Pájaros” (Bird Island), a small island covered in mangrove swamps and cacti, located on the Yalahau lagoon, where there is a large diversity of birds, some of them are in danger of extinction, that’s why there are two observation points and walkways – to minimize the direct contact with the birds. Flamingos, cormorants, herons, frigate birds, pelicans, wild ducks and seagulls are just some of the species you can observe in a still natural environment.



Kiteboarding in Holbox[edit]

This is one of the safest beaches for learning how to kiteboard. There are ideal conditions for beginners; shallow waters, no big obstacles on the wide and long beach, many days of wind during the winter months and a nearby school with professional instructors. Advanced riders can find also very good conditions when the north or south winds reach 25 knots or more.

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External links[edit]

Hotel Las Nubes de Holbox *[1]