That song’s stuck in your head now, isn’t it? You’re welcome! We heard it a few times over the course of our trip, along with some other island gems, like Margaritaville.
Anyways, it turns out I do like Piña Coladas, I tried my first one on the beach at Mawimbi.
Our week on Holbox was all about relaxing, which was a first for me. My vacations usually involve me spending 3-4 very jam packed days in various cities trying to see ALL THE THINGS. I did that twice in Europe in 2016 and will be doing it again in August, so a week with zero things on my agenda was a much needed change. Shawn was a little worried I might go crazy, but you guys, I loved it! I had no idea doing nothing can be so satisfying. I don’t think I could handle two weeks of it, but 7 days of total relaxation? Yes! Yes! Yes!
So what did a day in the lives of Carly and Shawn look like?
Get up, have breakfast, lounge on beach, read, swim, read, swim, talk about where to have lunch, go for lunch, lounge on beach, swim, nap, watch sunset, walk around town and discuss dinner options, have dinner, have drinks, night time swim, bed.
The food on Holbox is amazing. We did not have a bad meal. The seafood is so fresh, like caught that day fresh. There were so many different options, mexican, seafood, italian, american, fancy, budget, vegan, sushi… you can find something to satisfy even the pickiest eater. Which we are not. There were almost too many options 😉
Las Panchas was the first restaurant we ate at on Holbox while we waited for our hotel room to be ready. It was Shawn’s favourite of the trip. We ate there twice and wanted to go back a third time but they’re not open on Mondays.
We highly recommend the mixed ceviche, fish and shrimp tacos and guacamole. Oh and the potions are massive. When they say large, they mean it! The food was so cheap too, the large ceviche was $180 pesos, shrimp tacos $130 and fish tacos $100. Beers were very reasonable at around $25 pesos I believe.
Raices Beach Club
Raices was just down the beach from our hotel and responsible for all the terrible island music that got stuck in my head. They have a stage and a band that sets up around 2 p.m. that plays until the sunsets. If you don’t like live music this is not the place for you.
Also if you’re super fancy you will hate this place. The tables are in the sand, with a few waiters who don’t speak much English and service can be slow and I’ve heard the food can be a little hit and miss, but we didn’t experience that.
We ate there twice and ordered their guacamole and whole grilled fish both times. The fish, oh lord the fish. I hated fish as a kid. Over the last 10 years I’ve grown to like it, but this was the first time I had ever ordered or eaten a whole fish and I was pretty freaking nervous about what I was getting myself into. It was perfect. Garlic and buttery, caught that day, melt in your mouth. God I miss that fish. And eating grilled on the beach fish with your feet in the sand was a dope experience. Prices were pretty reasonable, the grilled fish for two was around $270 pesos.
La Isla del Colibri
One of the few restaurants open on a Monday afternoon, Colbri was a delightful find right on the main square of Holbox. The decor is very eclectic and bright, filled with art. The service was friendly, a little slow, but that’s island time. I think I had the largest margarita ever made.
Seriously, that thing is like a chalice for kings. It should be called “The King of Margaritas”.
I had the coconut shrimps and Shawn had fish with mango
Some other restaurants we ate at that I would recommend are Taco Querto and Taco Gordo for cheap no frills tacos and really fantastic Horchata.
Miriam was the first restaurant we ate at on Holbox. They didn’t seem to serve any alcohol, so that’s something to consider if you want a drink with dinner, but they have pop. Its a small place, a few tables outside, a few in. Salsa that came with dinner was very tasty and very spicy. Shawn splurged and got the lobster and I had the octopus. And the food was so amazing we both dug in before I took any photos. Whoops 😉 The lobster was quite spendy, but the octopus seemed reasonable. Another tourist who was just leaving the restaurant told me I had made a great decision eating there as it was the best restaurant on the island. I think he was right. We wanted to eat their more than once, but it was also closed on Monday…
Getting Your Booze On
There’s really no shortage of places to drink on Holbox. Most of the hotels on the beach close to town have bars, and in the centre of Holbox there’s so many places within walking distance to get your drink on. Our favourite was El Mesh
Connected to the eco-hostel, El-Mesh was a few buildings down from our hotel, so we passed it a lot.
Only a few stools at a very lovely wooden bar, they make solid cocktails. We found the drinks very reasonably priced, the service friendly and the music not the typical “island fare” or club noise.
We stopped at Hot Corner to pass the time waiting for Las Panchas to open. It was a cute little set up with swings to sit in. Very loud music. Shawn really enjoyed his Mojito. My margarita was solid as well.