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9 Reasons to Spend Your Next Mexican Vacation on Isla Holbox

But as word of mouth spread, things got crowded, overpriced, and commercial. Even Starbucks set up shop a few years ago.

But just because that boho beach town now comes with a Frappuccino fix, folks craving a chic hideout with warm waters, white sand, thatched roofs, and fresh fish tacos needn’t forego a south-of-the-border sabbatical. Enter Isla Holbox (pronounced “Ohl-bosch”), a mile-wide and 26-mile-long island sitting a short ferry ride off the Yucatan Peninsula where the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea meet. This is a one-town kind of place without cars (mostly), chain restaurants, or high-rises where there seems to be more wildlife than human inhabitants, more jungle and beach than concrete.

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