Hey there! I'm Betty, an Expat from the United States and now a Holbox local. I've spent the last three years exploring every inch of this island and know all the hidden gems and secret spots that will make your trip unforgettable. Let me help you plan your perfect island getaway with my personalized travel packages and insider advice. It's going to be an adventure!
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Just Ask Betty: Planning a trip to Holbox and in need of expert advice? Start off by completing this brief questionnaire, and we'll provide you with our top recommendations. The perfect companion to our Free Travel Guide to Holbox.
Personalized Travel Guides: We provide free guides to Holbox as well as customized travel guides for romantic getaways, family fun, solo travelers, and more. These are best for those who want to DIY plan their trip to paradise themselves.
Discover the Best of Holbox with Our Exclusive Package Offerings: Are you ready to embark on an extraordinary adventure to Holbox Island? Look no further, because we've curated exclusive packages that promise to make your trip truly unforgettable. Whether you're a first-time visitor, a couple seeking a romantic getaway, a family in search of fun, or a group of friends ready for a VIP experience, we've got you covered.
Full-Service Trip Planning: Sit back, relax, and let us handle everything from your transportation, accommodations, tours, and reservations. With this comprehensive service, you'll also have access to Holbox Concierge, throughout your stay for any questions or assistance you may need. A percentage of the total cost of accommodations and tours booked will apply.
Private Events & Exclusive Experiences: Imagine embarking on your Holbox journey with more than just expert island guides. Envision tailor-made experiences crafted especially for you, including custom events, birthday celebrations, weddings, and all your special moments.
personalized travel guides
Did the free Holbox guide ignite your island adventure? If you're yearning for a personalized touch, explore our curated getaway guides. Crafted to match your trip style, each guide is a roadmap to memorable experiences.
Romantic Getaway Guide: Your key to unlocking the hidden treasures of love on this enchanting island paradise. From luxurious accommodations that cocoon you in comfort to culinary journeys that awaken your senses, every aspect of your journey has been thoughtfully woven together for your perfect romantic odyssey.
Solo Traveler Guide: In addition to providing information on the best places to stay, eat, and drink, the Holbox Island Solo Traveler Getaway Guide also includes helpful tips on how to meet locals and other travelers, making your solo trip a truly unforgettable experience.
Family Adventure Guide + Scavenger Hunt!: Dive into this guide to uncover everything you need to know, from family-friendly accommodations and delightful dining options to exciting activities and local attractions that will keep everyone entertained. Make the most of your time on this mesmerizing island and create lasting moments together as a family! Now includes the Holbox Island Scavenger Hunt - are you up for the challenge?
The Ultimate Wedding Guide: designed to be your go-to resource whether you're attending a wedding on this enchanting island or planning your dream wedding here.
The Ultimate Group Travel Guide - coming soon!
The COMPLETE Travel Guide - coming soon!
EXCLUSIVE PACKAGE DEALS
Holbox Island Discovery: Your First-Timer’s Adventure (3720MXN / $230 USD PER PERSON)
Are you ready for an unforgettable adventure on Holbox Island? Look no further! Our carefully crafted First Timer’s Package bundles together the island’s most captivating experiences, designed especially for you.
THREE ISLAND TOUR: Dive headfirst into the island’s natural wonders with the Three Island Tour. Explore Yalahau Cenote, Passion Island, and Bird Island in one breathtaking journey. It’s the perfect introduction to Holbox’s beauty, and you won’t want to miss it!KAYAK TOUR: Immerse yourself in the island’s enchanting mangroves. Choose between our serene Mangrove Kayak Tour or the awe-inspiring Bioluminescence Kayak Tour. Paddle your way through lush greenery, surrounded by captivating wildlife, or witness the magic of plankton glowing under the starry night sky.MEXICAN COOKING CLASS: Delight your taste buds with the flavors of Mexico! Join our skilled local chefs and master the art of crafting authentic Mexican dishes. You’ll not only enjoy delectable meals but also gain culinary skills to impress your friends and family back home.ULTIMATE TRAVEL GUIDE: Navigate Holbox like a pro with our comprehensive travel guide. Discover hidden gems, top attractions, and insider tips. Make the most of your visit and create memories that will last a lifetime.Book now and embark on the adventure of a lifetime! Our First Timer’s Package is the key to unlocking Holbox’s treasures. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity.
Love in Paradise: A Romantic Holbox Getaway (4620MXN / $290 USD PER PERSON)
Escape to paradise with our Romantic Getaway Package, specially designed for couples seeking an enchanting and unforgettable experience on Holbox Island.
CATAMARAN TOUR: Set sail on an extraordinary journey with our Catamaran Tour. Whether you prefer a captivating day tour or a romantic sunset cruise, we’ve got you covered. Explore the island’s hidden gems like Passion Island, Bird Island, and the breathtaking Punta Coco. You have the option of a shared tour or a private voyage, ensuring your experience is as unique as your love story. While you explore, indulge in curated snacks and refreshing beverages, making every moment memorable.MEXICAN COOKING CLASS: Delight your taste buds with the flavors of Mexico! Join our skilled local chefs and master the art of crafting authentic Mexican dishes. You’ll not only enjoy delectable meals but also gain culinary skills to impress your friends and family back home.24-HOUR BIKE RENTAL: Explore the island at your own pace with 24-hour bike rental included in the package. Pedal through Holbox’s charming streets, discover secluded spots, and create cherished memories together.ULTIMATE ROMANTIC GETAWAY GUIDE: Our comprehensive travel guide is your key to a perfect romantic adventure. Find the most romantic spots, secret hideaways, and personalized tips that will make your trip truly exceptional.Book our Romantic Getaway Package now and create lasting memories with your loved one. Your dreamy escape awaits!
FAMILY FUN (1800MXN / $115 USD PER PERSON)
Are you ready for the family vacation of a lifetime? Our exclusive Family Adventure Package is designed to make your Holbox Island getaway unforgettable, packed with exciting activities that every member of the family will love.
CABO CATOCHE BOAT TOUR: Kick off your adventure with line fishing, fun for all the family. As the day unfolds, dive into the crystal-clear waters for an awe-inspiring snorkeling session where you’ll spot sea turtles, mantarays, and more! Then, your captain will prepare a mouthwatering lunch, complete with his famous ceviche, as you explore the island of Cabo Catoche. The highlight of the tour? The breathtaking meeting point of the Gulf and the Caribbean Sea, surrounded by the most enchanting shades of blue imaginable – a scene straight out of a postcard.24-HOUR BIKE RENTALS: Explore the island at your own pace with 24-hour bike rentals included in the package. Pedal through Holbox’s charming streets, discover secluded spots, and create cherished memories together as a family.FAMILY ADVENTURE GUIDE: Our comprehensive travel guide is your key to a perfect family vacation. Find the best family-friendly activities, kid-approved spots, and personalized tips to make your trip truly exceptional.Don’t miss this opportunity to create cherished memories with your loved ones on the serene shores of Holbox Island. Book our Family Adventure Extravaganza now and embark on the ultimate family getaway!
Choose Your Adventure: Three Island Boat Tour or Mangrove Kayak Adventure, Complete with an Organic Meal from Kuxtal Cafe (1300 MXN / $80 USD per person)
THREE ISLAND BOAT TOUR: Dive headfirst into the island’s natural wonders with the Three Island Tour. Explore Yalahau Cenote, Passion Island, and Bird Island in one breathtaking journey. It’s the perfect introduction to Holbox’s beauty, and you won’t want to miss it! Duration: 2.5-3 hours.ORSUNRISE MANGROVE KAYAK TOUR: Immerse yourself in the island’s enchanting mangroves. Paddle your way through lush greenery, surrounded by captivating wildlife. Duration: 2.5-3 hours.BREAKFAST OR LUNCH INCLUDED: Your choice of vegan, chicken, or pork panini made with fresh local ingredients from Kuxtal Market & Cafe. Served with a side salad and a refreshing hibiscus or juice of the day. Enjoy your meal before or after in-store, or take it to go for a boat snack!Book now for an unforgettable island experience!
Indulge in the Ultimate VIP Yacht Tour from Holbox to El Cuyo
(31,000 MXN / $1930 USD up to 12 passengers)
Step aboard our luxurious yacht and set sail on a private adventure like no other. This VIP experience includes 12 soft drinks, 24 beers, 12 waters, and 4 bags of ice to keep you refreshed throughout the journey.Explore the pristine beaches of Holbox, Passion Island, and Punta Mosquito while equipped with snorkeling gear to discover the underwater wonders. But the adventure doesn't stop there. Your voyage continues to the charming fishing village of El Cuyo.Upon arrival, hop on your ATV cruisers to tour the village and its scenic surroundings. Your journey concludes with a visit to a private beach, where a delightful picnic lunch and a mouthwatering fish BBQ await.Making a Special Occasion Even More MemorableIf you're celebrating something extraordinary, take your experience to the next level by adding our private bartender to your VIP Yacht Tour. Enjoy expertly crafted beachside cocktails with a view that will leave you in awe. To add a touch of local flavor, savor these delectable treats accompanied by live music from a talented local band.As the sun begins to set, savor the ambience created by a local live band, adding a touch of enchantment to your already incredible day. Let the music sweep you away in the company of your loved ones.After this unforgettable experience, return to Holbox Island with hearts full of cherished moments and smiles that will last a lifetime.Don't miss out on this exclusive getaway – book your VIP Yacht Tour to El Cuyo today and create unforgettable memories!Please note that the tour price does not include ATV rentals, the picnic lunch, the live band, or the private bartender. These additional enhancements can be arranged at an extra cost to make your experience even more special.
Holbox VIP Retreat: Your Exclusive Island Escape (9860MXN / $625 USD PER PERSON, Min 4 People)
Are you dreaming of a luxurious and unforgettable getaway with your closest friends or family? Look no further than our Holbox VIP Retreat package, designed to provide you with the ultimate island experience.
PRIVATE AIR TRANSFER FROM CANCUN AIRPORT TO HOLBOX: Start your journeys in style with a private air taxi that will whisk you away from Cancun Airport directly to Holbox. No waiting, no crowds – just a seamless transition to paradise.PRIVATE YACHT TOUR: Greet the day with a breathtaking sunrise excursion spanning 6 hours, or let the beauty of the setting sun guide you on a 4-hour escapade. Cruise around Holbox Island, exploring Passion Island, Bird Island, and the stunning Punta Coco. Prepare to be captivated by the allure of the open waters and the charm of Punta Mosquito. Your unparalleled yacht experience awaits.DINNER RESERVATION AT EXCLUSIVE RESTAURANT Enjoy a delightful dinner at one of the island’s most exclusive restaurants. Savor gourmet cuisine while soaking in the romantic ambiance, making it an evening to remember.24-HOUR GOLF CART RENTAL: Explore the island at your own pace with a 24-hour golf cart rental included in the package. Cruise along Holbox’s scenic roads, discover hidden gems, and create unforgettable memories with your group.ULTIMATE GROUP TRAVEL GUIDE: Our comprehensive travel guide is your key to a perfect group adventure. Find the best activities, personalized recommendations, and insider tips that will make your trip truly exceptional.Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, reconnecting with old friends, or simply seeking an exclusive island escape, our Holbox VIP Retreat is the ultimate way to experience Holbox Island in style and luxury. Gather your group of four or more and book your VIP vacation now for an extraordinary journey you’ll cherish forever.
JUNGLE TREEHOUSE CENOTE EXPERIENCE FROM HOLBOX: OVERNIGHT STAY IN A PENTHOUSE TREEHOUSE + CANDLELIT CAVE DINNER FOR TWO WITH TRANSPORT (STARTING AT 4,000MXN / $220 USD)
Ready for an adventure? Just 1.5 hours from Holbox Island lies a hidden gem, ideal for a romantic overnight getaway amidst the lush jungle. Dip into the crystal clear waters of your private cenote, surrounded by the tranquil beauty of nature. Then, as the sun sets, embark on a magical journey to a candlelit cave for a 4-course dinner under the starry night. Finally, retreat to your penthouse treehouse suite for an unforgettable night in the heart of the jungle.
The perfect addition to your Holbox adventure.
-Accommodation only: 4,000mxn per night. For 2+ night stays, 3,500mxn per night
-One night accommodation + 4-course candlelit cave dinner for two: 8,000mxn
-One night accommodation + 4-course candlelit cave dinner for two + transport: 10,000mxn
-Weddings & Private Events available
full service trip planning
Need a trip tailored just for you? I specialize in creating customized journeys that perfectly match your group's needs, budget, and desires. Sit back, relax, and let us handle everything from your transportation, accommodations, tours, and reservations. With this comprehensive service, you'll also have access to Holbox Concierge, throughout your stay for any questions or assistance you may need. Simply complete the form below to get started! And that's not all – if you're looking to explore beyond Holbox, I've got a plethora of options for trips to El Cuyo, Valladolid, Merida, Isla Mujeres, and more.A percentage of the total cost of accommodations and tours booked will apply.
private events & exclusive experiences
Embarking on the Holbox journey through my insights? Picture this: not only do I provide you with the ultimate island guides, but I also create tailored experiences like custom events, birthday bashes, weddings, and all your celebrations. Your dreams, turned into reality. No hesitation needed—#JustAskBetty today! Curious to see my track record? Head over to my Instagram page for glimpses of past events and recommendations that showcase the magic of Holbox.
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Planning a trip to Holbox and in need of expert advice? Start off by completing this brief questionnaire, and we'll provide you with our top recommendations. The perfect companion to our Free Travel Guide to Holbox.See you in paradise!-Betty
Finding Home and Purpose: My Journey to Living on Holbox Island During COVID
Have you ever dreamed of leaving your daily routine behind and immersing yourself in a remote paradise? That's precisely what happened to me during the COVID-19 pandemic, as I found myself living on Holbox Island in Mexico. It all started with a vacation, but it turned into a life-changing adventure filled with newfound purpose, connections, and unforgettable experiences.Falling in Love with Holbox
My story begins with my very first visit to Holbox Island. I was instantly captivated by its laid-back, no-frills atmosphere. The island, just 26 miles long and one mile wide, offers a unique blend of sandy streets, colorful buildings, and the ubiquitous golf carts that serve as the primary mode of transportation. But what truly stole my heart was the sense of community that permeated every corner of the island.From the moment I arrived, it felt like everyone knew me, and I, in turn, felt like I had found my second home. Holbox was unlike anywhere I had ever been. Little did I know that this enchanting island would become my refuge during the global upheaval caused by the pandemic.The Decision to Stay
When COVID-19 began to spread worldwide, I was on my second visit to Holbox. As the situation escalated, I contemplated returning to the United States, where I had a job and a life waiting for me. But a conversation with my cousin changed everything. She reminded me that there was no rush to leave paradise, and that's when it hit me: Why not stay a bit longer, embrace this unique opportunity, and truly immerse myself in the island's culture?One of my initial concerns was the availability of stable internet connections for remote work. I vividly remember hopping from one coffee shop to another, from beach bars to hotel restaurants, just to connect to Zoom for meetings. Thanks to some friendly locals, I was introduced to the island's first internet provider, and soon enough, I had a modem and router installed in my new apartment.Living the Dream
From that point on, I became a true islander. My life revolved around exploring Holbox, learning Spanish, and working remotely from my cozy apartment. I couldn't have imagined a more fulfilling existence. Over the course of the next five months, I forged deep connections with fellow New Yorkers who, like me, had chosen to embrace this extraordinary island as their new home.While my friends and family may have thought I was taking a huge risk, I had never felt more alive. Holbox was my haven, a place where character and connection mattered more than material wealth or where you came from. It was a community where locals and tourists dined and shopped together, a stark contrast to some tourist-heavy destinations in Mexico.Making Holbox My Home
After five magical months on Holbox, I realized that I needed to stop saying I was "on vacation." Holbox had become my new home, and I was ready to fully commit to this new chapter of my life. I decided to quit my job back in the United States, choosing a path less traveled—taking a year off to discover my true calling.During that year, I immersed myself in the local economy, volunteered with businesses, and dabbled in various roles, from waitressing to event planning. It was during this time that my friends surprised me with the gift of a concierge website for my birthday. I realized that my true passion lay in creating unforgettable experiences, connecting people, and exploring the world.Holbox Concierge: A Dream Come True
Teaming up with a developer and social media expert, we launched Holbox Concierge—a dream project that aimed to showcase the island's wonders to the world. As our website and Instagram presence grew, so did my responsibilities. I found myself organizing weddings, planning events, and living a life that felt far from work.My guiding principle was to support and employ as many locals as possible, bridging the gap between travelers and the incredible culture of Holbox. I believed that everyone who came to the island was destined to be there for a reason, experiencing something truly extraordinary.Lessons Learned
Holbox wasn't just a place; it was a teacher. It offered me countless life lessons, from the joy of catching my first fish to moments of introspection and healing. I cherished every sunset and woke up early for sunrise, relishing the simple pleasures of life. I learned that true happiness came from living life on my terms, not following a predefined path.Holbox allowed me to connect with people from around the world who shared my thirst for exploration. It reminded me that the world was vast and full of wonders waiting to be discovered. Most importantly, it taught me that a simple life, characterized by genuine connections and a sense of purpose, was the life worth living.So, thank you, Holbox, for enabling me to take risks, live freely, and find my true calling. You are the magic that I never knew I needed, a place where dreams come true, and where life's greatest lessons are learned. In Holbox, I found home, purpose, and a life beyond my wildest dreams—a life well worth living.