Isla Holbox: The LEAST Helpful Blog Post You'll Read
Heads up: I'm not going to tell you anything about Holbox at all (but at least I included a picture of my butt, so we're good right?!). Moving on.
I'm not holding out because I want it all to myself. Honestly I don't know when or even if we'll ever go back. I'm keeping my mouth shut because for one, TONS of articles have already been written about it, so I have no doubt you will be able to find everything you need to know on the web-o-sphere. And second, our disheartening experience revisiting Tulum after two years opened my eyes to what overexposure can do to a quiet, perfect, little beachtown.
There are so so few 'undiscovered' places in the world, and honestly, Holbox gave up that status a few years ago (big secret: it isn't a secret anymore), but it is still sweet and quiet, there are still locally-owned shops, and most places take only pesos and speak only Spanish. And even though its a long shot, I want to do my part to keep it that way as long as possible.
That said, in the name of goodwill to my fellow travelers, I will tell you a few things:
- The island really is as gorgeous and idylic as it looks...it actually puts my pictures to shame.
- It's 1000% worth the research and effort getting there. If you put in the work, then you deserve all the beauty that awaits! The Blonde Abroad's Travel Guide and the official website for Isla Holbox are great places to start for inspo and info!
- The people are the nicest, most welcoming I have ever met in Mexico. *I have to believe this is, at least in part, because they haven't yet had their land and dignity trampled by hoards of greedy, demanding, sunburned tourists.
- If you reeeeeaaallly need more info, feel free to reach out to me personally via email or social media. I will divulge my hearts deepest secrets in person ;)
- The most important point: If you do find yourself on this island paradise, PLEASE respect it. Respect the quietude, the slowness, the simplicity, the pristine beauty of the environment. Don't trample, harumph, litter, roll your eyes, get shitfaced drunk, or ask for ranch f. Just love and appreciate the unique culture as it is. Honor your place, in their space, and leave it intact for all of us who come after you.