Isla Holbox – is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean waters. It’s 42 km long and is located in the Northern part of Yucatan Peninsula, 26 miles to the North-West from Cancun. The 10 km wide lagoon separates the island from the land.
More than 150 species of birds inhabit the island. The pink flamingoes, white and brown pelicans, sea ravens, herons and small vivid ones are among them.
It’s very interesting to visit picturesque legendary ruins of the ancient Mayan cities: Tulum, Chichen-Itza, Uxmal.
There are unique natural wells – senotes – the cavings where the ground waters flow. The tiny noisy birds live under the cave roof there. The most amazing one is Gran Senote, 127 km from Cancun, diving is also possible there.
There are no banks or cash machines on the island. It’s worth taking enough local currency; the dollars though are also accepted. The rate at the airport is not really beneficial – often the tourist withdraw from the cash machine on the way to Chequila. Cellular communication works on the island. WI-FI is also provided at the hotels. There are a couple of drug-stores, but it’s surely better to take an individual medicine kit.
There are many restaurants with large dishes of fresh sea-food: lobsters, shrimps, fish and local masterpieces – guacamole and ceviche salads. Lots of giant fresh fruit and vegetables can be bought in a small but really popular “Frutteria”: papaya, banana, pineapple, melons. The domestic, Spanish and Chile wines are also available, as well as tequila, light beer and rum. Dozens of different handy-craft souvenirs are hanging in the shops, the manufacturing of which belongs to the main occupations on the island.
It’s very comfortable and interesting to drive a rented golf-car here. It’s cheaper to take it once for the whole period of stay: it protects from the burning sun, gives mobility, saves time and takes you to any fishing destination on this long peace of land.
The distance from the Cancun airport to the Holbox is 67 km. After the transfer by car to the Chequila port – 20 min. on a comfortable ferry.
The 30 min. domestic flight from Cancun to Holbox can also be organized.
AMAITE HOTEL & SPA
The hotel owns its beach territory with palm-trees, hammocks, sun-loungers, cozy canopy roof and wooden pier. The location is perfect for setting off to the fishing trips and visiting the center square of the island.
WI-FI at the restaurant, on the beach and in the lobby,
Comfortable shady bar,
Perfect and rich cuisine,
Talented hospitality of management,
All rooms are designed in authentic Mexican style,
Golf-car rent and excursions facilities,
There are 14 air-conditioned suites with frontal sea-view in the hotel.
HM HOTELS _ VILLAS PARAISO DEL MAR
The hotel with the largest beach and the most green jungle territory on the island. The unique and sophisticated open-space interior design is full of handy-craft natural materials and exclusive furniture.
The Paraiso restaurant and 3 bars provide the variety of traditional dishes and beverages as well as fresh sea-food and creative cocktails.
Specially for the fishermen and people leaving early in the morning – lunch-box and fragrant coffee.
WI-FI in the lobby and near the shady pool.
Sauna Maya (extra) – up to 8 people with a real shaman and herbal inhalations – the authentic ritual procedure.
2 zones of SPA (extra) – one is facing the sea.
There are 58 suites in the hotel – 1 or 2-store bungalows with solid wooden ceilings and separate entrances.
All the rooms have air-conditioning, safe, the fridge, TV-set with international channels, the phone and the bathroom with hair-dryer. Some rooms have their own terrace or balcony.
Junior Suite (45м2),
Family Suite (45м2),
Master Suite (82м2).
HOTEL CASA SANDRA
The hotel is by far the most luxurious and thoughtful on the island. It’s situated in a panoramic place, and is really convenient for fishing sea tours departure.
The hotel offers 17 suites and 1 Deluxe Villa, all of them are sea-view. Each detail of the interior matters here: from an impressive picture gallery of famous masters to high-quality specially designed furniture and high end restaurant service.
In each suite there is a bathroom with a bath and organic oils, safe, hair-dryer, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, snow-white bathrobes.
4 types of suites are offered: Superior, Deluxe King Superior, Deluxe Double Suite, Master Suite.
Welcome cocktails, American breakfast, WI-FI and Yoga-class 3 times a week are included.
Holbox is very multi-faceted since it offers you either sea or mangroves fishing. This is a favorite place of Tarpons – the big fish up to 200 Lb. and more.
THE MANGROVES FISHING is really dynamic and adventurous: baby-tarpons – 20-30 Lb., Snook, Lady-fish, Sea trout, Barracuda, Cobia, Jack, Snapper etc., rarely – Bonefish and Permit. These species bite from the shore or by wading in the water. Jack Crevalle is a very curious inhabitant. It’s average weight is 10 Lb., yet sometimes happens to captures the specimen up to 30 Lb.
THE SEA FISHING is accompanied be the most experienced guides. The duration of full-time fishing day is 8 hours and includes dinner (sandwiches with chicken or tuna and bottled water/Cola). The boats are safe and equipped with engines of 60 h.p., GPS, navigation devices and radio-transmitters. All the tackle for the spinning it’s better to take with you.
The spinning tested up to 50-60 gram and reels sized 3000-3500 (Daiwa classification) are used. The best lures are silicon twisters, rippers, and soft baits of different colors.
The eyes and body UV-protection is COMPULSORY.
ITEMS FOR THE MANGROVES AND SHORE FISHING:
Into the dense backpack:
• the box with lyres and tackle,
• fishing instruments: cutters, a knife etc.,
• bottled water,
• waterproof belt bag SIMMS,
• a fishing glove,
• a camera or Go-Pro.
• EXOFFICIO or SIMMS shirts,
• thin trousers easy to dry-out,
• COSTA DEL MAR sun-glasses,
• SIMMS hat,
• closed shoes or SIMMS sandals with stiff soles,
• swimming trunks,
• a pair of socks,
• spare trousers for driving back home.
It’s better to take all the lure and tackle (spinning) with you.