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  • Writer's pictureKatrina Julia

Island Hopping Continues: One Day In Holbox Island, Mexico: Itinerary to Transform and Travel

Updated: Jun 15, 2020

You love secluded beaches, peace and quiet, and water sports. You love to travel to places that are off the beaten path. You imagine laying in hammocks on the ocean, traveling healthy, and seeing bioluminescence all in one place.

Traveling helps you transform in more ways than one when you travel to Holbox Island. Maybe, you want to travel solo, with family, or with a group? You want to transform and travel to Holbox Island aka carless island.

Everywhere you turn, you feel like pinching yourself. You feel like you are living in a National Geographic episode. Streets, food, and beaches are breathtaking. It's easy to see why the bucket list worthy island speaks to your soul with the beautiful vibes of the island.

The island has a sort of presence and peace to it you may feel everywhere. Holbox Island has a lot to offer ranging from getting lost on the streets, hammocks on the beach, bioluminescence experiences, and of course Instagrammable signs.

There's more than enough to experience in one day in Holbox Island, Mexico to transform and travel whether you come solo, with a transformational retreat, or with family. After you read this, you may want to make sure you stay longer in Mexico.

Follow this One Day in Holbox Island, Mexico Itinerary to Transform and Travel. It will help make your travels transformational even it's a short trip. These are my recommendations for the top experiences for your one day in Holbox Island. My intention for you is that you choose peace.

Holbox Island
Holbox Island

Shot on my Canon EOSM100

My Experiences With Holbox Island

If you are connecting with me and us for the first time with FIT Life Creation, I traveled to Cancun, Mexico for the second time in 2019 since college creating content, as well as being hosted on an adventure with Airbnb.

My adventure with Airbnb included two incredible days in Holbox Island. My mind is blown in every way, and I will be back to stay longer!

It was interesting visiting Mexico 20+ years later with all the changes in my life. I reflected on how my health, wealth, business have transformed since then. If you are loving this guide, you will want to check out my In a Day Guide on Cancun, Isla Mujeres and more in this Flying High: Travel Series.

I thought it would be great to share my adventures with you and do a one day guide on Holbox Island, Mexico. Getting to Holbox Island includes a several hour drive from Cancun and a 15 min ferry ride from Chiquila.

Holbox Island
Holbox Island

Shot on my Canon EOS M100

Fun Facts About Holbox Island, Mexico

Secluded and peaceful islands are high up on my list of travel adventures. My story includes being conceived in Bulgaria, born in Poland, and in 4 countries by the time I was 2 (including a refugee camp in Italy.) 27+ countries later on my way to 100+ countries, here I am sharing on Holbox Island, Mexico.

I loved Holbox Island because of the peace, size, and experiences. Did you know the island is 2.5 miles long and about 1 mile at its widest point? About 2,000 people live there with approximately 100,000 people visiting annually. Speaking of wellness, you may swim in the middle of the bioluminescent experience. I did!

Holbox Island is known for its peaceful beach Las Nubes, street art, and famous Holbox Hammocks. Swimming with whale sharks, kite surfing and bioluminescent experiences delight the adventurous.

One Day In Holbox Island, Mexico: Itinerary to Transform and Travel

So let's explore the experiences I recommend for one day in Holbox Island, Mexico. Disclaimer: A day is way too short!! Depending on when you arrive in the city, and where you stay, feel free to modify your experiences!

I'm sharing here a full 24 hours for your one day in Holbox Island, Mexico. I'll be sharing Pink Lakes, Valladolid and a Week In Mexico! I'm giving you many reasons you will want to stay longer in Mexico in case you didn't have any yet.

Even when I travel, I stay healthy, bring Herbalife Nutrition and workout daily in different ways.

Healthy travel in Mexico
Healthy travel in Mexico

Healthy travel in Mexico
Healthy travel in Mexico

Holbox Island Arrival

My trip to Holbox Island was arranged by my Airbnb Adventure. It was great to have everything set up! We arrived at Holbox Island at sunset on the ferry. Of course, we had to grab an Instagrammable shot!

Holbox Island Ferry with Airbnb & Domi

Holbox Island Ferry with Alan, Cedric and Pandora

Holbox Island
Holbox Island

Holbox Island
Holbox Island

Holbox Island

We arrived and grabbed some golf carts to head to our Airbnb. Casa Ohana means house of family. Isn't the home adorable? It was included with our Airbnb Adventure in Holbox, Island with Gustavo and Cedric!

Our Airbnb in Holbox Island
Our Airbnb in Holbox Island

We dropped off our luggage and headed off to explore the Holbox Island streets. One of my favorite stops included a fruit bar with smoothies only right on main street with Christina!

Fruit smoothie bar Holbox Island

Holbox Island Street Art

Holbox Island Sign
Holbox Island Sign

We had a quick appetizer with the group on main street and introductions with over 10 of us around the globe before heading off to our night adventure with bioluminescence. I highly recommend doing the experience.

You touch your hands in the water and it lights up like glitter (or jump in like I did!) While you are swimming in the pitch dark, the constellations above you are breathtaking. Moments like this I marvel at our Creator and creation.

According to an article by Off the Tourist Treadmill, Bioluminescence is light produced by an animal. It is a chemical reaction between Luciferin and Oxygen.

Once we got back, we headed out for some amazing street food. I got grilled chicken with Chimichurri sauce (garlic, olive oil, oregano, and basil). Best sauce EVER!

Holbox Island Beach

I knew the next day would be short on the island so I woke up at 6 am to shoot content for our mastermind and social media, and get ready for beach time and Holbox Island, Beach, and Hammocks.

Holbox Island is truly once in a. lifetime and worth every second. I'm sure you'll agree with these shots you see.

Holbox Island

Holbox Island

Holbox Island

Holbox Island Hammocks
Holbox Island Hammocks

Holbox Island Hammocks
Holbox Island Hammocks

Swinging Around Holbox Island

Our Airbnb Adventure Group

From left to write Airbnb Experience Hosts: & Global Community Leaders:

Robin from Colorado - Hiking

Me! - Atlanta - Wellness & Media

Christy from Nashville - Photowalk

Katherine - Airbnb Corporate

Cherry - Jamaica Food

Domi - San Diego - Food

Jan - Canada - Food

Pandora - New Orleans - Tours

Alan - Canada - Waterfall Tours

Cedric & Gustavo - Our Airbnb Adventure Hosts

Pretty amazing group, right?! So grateful for our Airbnb Adventures!

Once we explored the island a bit and had a meeting, we left for Pink Lakes.

Reasons to Stay in Mexico Longer than One Day

There are many reasons to stay longer whether in Holbox Island or in Mexico in general. I've been three times to Mexico now, and continue to experience new things each time. I decided next time I come to Mexico I will definitely spend at least 4+ days in Holbox Island. I want to come during maybe September and swim with the whale sharks, go kite surfing, swim Yalahau cenote, and take a boat tour!

Pink Lakes

In case you missed Pink Lakes on my series - it is another bucket list worthy adventure for sure! If you are curious how and why the Pink Lakes are so pink, blame the red-colored algae, plankton and shrimp that thrive on the salty environment near the plant.

You will need to get a car to reach Pink Lakes.


Shot by Christy with Authentic Photo designs at Pink Lakes

Valladolid, Mexico

Valladolid, a bright colonial town reminds me of Cuba and brought back memories of my time in Cuba with our retreats.

Valladolid is breathtaking with beautiful colonial homes, colorful streets, and Cenote Zaci in the middle of town! Add a stop to Valladolid to your trip - you will love it!

Holbox Island Paradise

Holbox Island is a paradise like no other. From its size, tranquility with no cars, and pristine beaches, it is a must for you to visit in Mexico. Whether you love new adventures, boat rides, kite surfing, beaches, street art, or all of the above, you will love Holbox Island.

Have you visited Holbox Island before? Is it on your bucket list to visit soon?

What are some of your favorite experiences?

If you haven't, what activity here interests you the most to do in One Day in Holbox Island, Mexico?

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