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The 10 Best Instagram Locations in Isla Holbox

Holbox Flamingos

Photo by Riccardo Maria Mantero

Located just two hours north of Cancun, Isla Holbox is a world away from hotel chains, noisy traffic and spring breakers. This tranquil island is famous for its beautiful beaches and abundant wildlife — think flamingos, whale sharks, turtles and more. Holbox (pronounced hol-bosh) is also a highly photogenic destination, so if you want to take some nice pics to remember your trip (and maybe make your friends jealous) make sure to bring a camera or keep your phone charged. These are the best Instagram locations on the island to get the perfect shot.

1. Swings
The entire island is dotted with swings perfect for chilling in the ocean and also the ideal backdrop for your Holbox photo. Listen a swing pic isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but it’s a popular motif for a reason. I know I couldn’t resist as you can see below, this picture was taken in front of Zomay.

 

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See you later sun ☀️

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2. Flamingos
Head to the island’s northeastern point Punta Mosquito for potential flamingo spotting. You can come here by boat or walk when the tide is low. If you see flamingos head towards them quietly and calmly and you might get a picture like the one below.

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Hey baby, take a walk on the wild side..✨✌ – I totally took a walk on the wild side yesterday. I decided it would be "fun" and "cute" to walk to where the flamingos are through the water. Holbox has some pretty shallow water, meaning you can walk far out, for a long time.. – Yeah it was fun for the first hour but my legs started to whine after that and all I wanted was a beer and tacos…on DRY LAND. Either way, it was beautiful and an adventure, I recommend it to anyone visiting 💕😘 – – #holbox #mexico #wearetravelgirls #ladiesgoneglobal #tlpicks #travelandleisure #femmetravel #travelblogger #beautifuldestinations #womenwhoexplore #womenwhotravel #sheisnotlost #globelletravels #flamingos #nature #beach

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3. Hammocks
Like swings, hammocks are everywhere practically asking you to lay in the ocean and unlock ultimate levels of chill.

4. Palapas
I’m probably biased because I stayed at HM Palapas del Mar but these thatched roof small houses are perfect for island living and make for a cute vacation backdrop. Other palapas-style hotel options include Hotel La Palapa Holbox and Palapas del Sol.

 

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Mini-Moon 💫

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5. Murals
Walking through Holbox you’ll see lots of colorful street art, there are even some murals on the beach like this one depicting a fisherman.

 

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Happy day of love..😁💕 . Have you fallen in love with Holbox yet? 🌴 . Photo: @johankawa 📷

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6. Sunset
I don’t use this word often but sunsets in Holbox are epic. Because the coastline is very flat and the water shallow and calm, you can actually see the sun slowly become submerged into the sea and into darkness. There’s an array of colors and it feels like everyone on the island comes out to see this beautiful natural spectacle.

 

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Too cheesy? Maybe but I don’t care… 🤷🏽‍♂️

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7. Salma
Once it gets dark this sexy beach bar beckons with its red signage and lighting. Inside you’ll find swings and bespoke cocktails. Try their mezcal on the rocks with a splash of passion fruit juice, the perfect blend of smoky and sour.

 

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Dentro de #salmaholbox un loco lugar hermoso bar frente al mar de #holboxisland

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8. Lobster Pizza
If there’s one dish Holbox is famous for it’s their lobster pizza. You honestly can’t visit the island without eating one of these and snapping a pic. We loved the lobster pizza at Roots and the garden setting is also lovely.

 

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Lobster pizza is ON 🦞🍕#rootsholbox #lobsterlunch #holboxisland #holboxmexico #holbox #exploremexico #holidayheaven

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9. Whale Sharks
Holbox is one of the best places to swim with whale sharks, the gentle giants of the sea. From June through November these animals (the world’s largest fish) come to eat in the plankton-rich waters and you can snorkel with them from a distance.

10. The Holbox Sign
Snap a pic of this sign found near the main plaza of Holbox to remind you of your time on the island when you’re back in reality. You get to be part of the sign as a stand-in for the L of Holbox.

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