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Pedal and Paddle: A Carbonless Exploration of Holbox’s Car-Free Charm

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Isla Holbox’s (IH)) has sun-bleached shores that are like a street club that you wish you had heard about years ago. The tone for a place unlike many others in Mexico is set by sandy streets, colorful buildings, and the splutter of golf carts in IH as the island follows a car-free rule.

Although Holbox is less of a rustic island escape than it used to be, it still offers a worthy getaway from the mainland crowds. It takes just 15 minutes on a comfortable, air-conditioned catamaran on the ferry from Chiquila to Holbox.

Weeding out the volume of tourists and keeping carbonless air on the island, the charm of IH lies in the legwork required to get around. The largest bus company in Southern Mexico, ADO, provides safe and comfortable rides with wide, reclining seats and air conditioning.


As it is globally believed, great public transport means a more sustainable community life. As Holbox is car-free, you will have to leave a car at the tiny port town overnight if you rent a car. Holbox’s offers natural beauty and spirit, unlike other places along Mexico’s coastline.

The northernmost part of the island is Punta Mosquito, a good spot to pause for a moment and get yourself centered and acclimated to “Island time”. The beaches of Holbox are spectacular, with powdery sand and calm, shallow, impossibly clear water.

As most of the water around Holbox is only about waist-deep, you’ll find colorful groves of sea hammocks to wade out to. One of the top reasons people visit Holbox is whale sharks for a humbling encounter with one of the largest animals on the planet.

Curious adventurers are taken on eco-friendly tours to swim alongside the magnificent whale sharks. With its own share of centers like Hoyo Negro Yalahau, Holbox provides a freshwater dip in a shallow lagoon.

Taking advantage of clear waters, the coastline is peppered with kayakers, kiteboarders, and paddle boarders. You can spot the flamingos, pelicans, and other feathered friends in a bird sanctuary located on the island of Holbox.

With a lively arts scene, Holbox has a growing community of creatives, artists, and musicians who love the carbonless lifestyle on the island. Holbox offers you absolutely breathtaking sunsets, with hues of pink, orange, and purple painting the sky.

Known for its delicious fresh seafood, Holbox has ceviche and fish tacos as its most popular dishes. To rent a beach cruiser & exploring the island on bicycles is one of the best things to do on carbonless Isla Holbox.

A day trip will take you to nearby islands like Isla Pájaros to spot nesting birds and other wildlife. With a unique nightlife scene, Holbox has beach parties & live music filling the air on certain nights.

A popular way to experience Isla Holbox’s laid-back atmosphere and natural beauty is through yoga and wellness retreats aided by the clean and pollution free air on the island. The waters of Holbox are buzzing with life, making it a popular destination for snorkeling and scuba diving.

A fishing excursion to catch your own dinner is one of the options for you, or you can simply enjoy a day out on the water. The charming center of Holbox is filled with shops, restaurants, and bars, making it the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon.

Holbox’s warm & welcoming locals make you feel like part of the sustainable community from the moment you arrive.

Govind Tekale

Embarking on a new journey post-retirement, Govind, once a dedicated teacher, has transformed his enduring passion for current affairs and general knowledge into a conduit for expression through writing. His historical love affair with reading, which borders on addiction, has evolved into a medium to articulate his thoughts and disseminate vital information. Govind pens down his insights on a myriad of crucial topics, including the environment, wildlife, energy, sustainability, and health, weaving through every aspect that is quintessential for both our existence and that of our planet. His writings not only mirror his profound understanding and curiosity but also serve as a valuable resource, offering a deep dive into issues that are critical to our collective future and well-being.

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