Just one hour’s ferry ride from Yucatan’s northern coast yet a million miles from Mexico’s Riviera Maya! Isla Holbox is a picturesque island reserve of idyllic beaches and mangrove forests that has escaped large development. Walk 5 minutes down the beach and the dusty roads soon run out leaving an endless stretch of pristine, powder puff sand lapped by the blue-jade waters of the Caribbean, perfect for those looking to wind down and escape it all! Isla Holbox’s sole village is perched on the north-western corner of the island, a relaxed laid-back once fishing community that hosts a number of small, palapa-topped beach hotels. Above all, the island is renowned for its wildlife and counts over 150 species of birds including large flocks of flamingo. Yet it is the annual migration of whale-shark that captures the most attention and which draws visitors from far and wide to snorkel and dive alongside these magnificent fish.