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Delight in the Tropical Wonders of Isla Holbox

Just a scenic drive north of Playa sits the protected tropical oasis of Holbox Island, home to a host of delightfully authentic restaurants, seasonal flamingos, & friendly whale sharks that are more than happy to share the water with lucky swimmers.Holbox1Secreted away 1.5 hours north of Playa del Carmen sits a sleepy village of 3,500 fishermen, artists, and their families. Holbox Island (or Isla Holbox) is a laid-back wonderland for nature-lovers and anyone curious what a rustic Mexican-Caribbean fishing village might be like today. Just how rustic is it? To start, there are no paved roads, just streets of compressed white sand for pedestrians, bicycles and golf carts. As far as what you will find, prepare to savor the best meal of your vacation after swimming with whale sharks, fishing for ceviche, and watching flamingos feast.holbox2A Vibrant Oasis of Wildlife

The reason Holbox Island attracts such a diverse cast of exotic creatures is its location, where the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea meet in the heart of Yum Balam Nature Reserve (measuring 380,000+ acres). Mayan for “Lord Jaguar,” the protected jungle is home to not only to its namesake animal, but four other species of wild cat. As for the lagoon between Holbox and the mainland, flamingos are just one of 150+ migratory and local bird species that feed here. And last but not least, local waters are also prime for swimming with whale sharks (May-September), dolphins, rays, and turtles. For a truly unforgettable experience (camera and fresh-caught ceviche feast included), book with Holbox Whale Shark Tours.holbox3Paradise for Your Taste Buds, Too

You may not think that a place so quaint would have such stellar dining options, but Holbox more than delivers. Hands-down the most special restaurant on the island is El Chapulim (123 Main Street), where the chef prepares the day’s catch without a menu to speak of – just heartfelt cooking, personal service, and some of the tastiest food in all of Mexico. As for other options, the grilled fare at Viva Zapata on Av. Damero is a local treasure, as is the ceviche at Raices on the beach.holbox4

Whale Sharks in Cancun

Whale Sharks in Cancun

Now that the winter is ending, you have time to book a tour to swim with Whale Sharks! The season starts in May and ends in September.. Most of this Whale Sharks are located in Holbox and Contoy, two islands very close to Cancun. 
Swimming with Whale Sharks is a unique opportunity that you can experience in your vacations.Whaleshark-tourWhale Sharks are the biggest fish in the world, they can measure up to 12 meters long. They can seem huge and scary but Whale Sharks are harmless and calm. When you swim with Whale Sharks you can get very close to them and appreciate this amazing creatures. They are recognized for their circled white spots and pale horizontal and vertical lines. Because of this, they use to be named “Domino Sharks”.
The Whale Shark swims with its mouth open, close to the surface that it can easily eat plankton while swimming; then it closes the mouth expelling all the water from the body leaving just the plankton in the mouth.

Fact: The mouth of the Whale Shark can be up to a meter and a half when it is opened.

Tour for swimming with Whale Sharks: You can book many tours to swim with Whale Sharks, leaving from Cancun in a ferry from Punta Sam to Isla Mujeres. Also you must know that Isla Mujeres is a sanctuary of thousands of wild species like dolphins, pelicans, turtles and other exotic species, so when you get to the island you will have a lot to do. You can learn more about the tour by clicking here, or contact our tour operators by phone: 1(866)238-1312 TOLL FREE

Remember: If you would like to swim with Whale Sharks there is nothing to be afraid of, they just eat plankton and they do not hurt people. You will enjoy a lot this amazing experience and you will never forget it.. never!!!Whale-shark-ADDLike this post? Share it on Facebook!!!

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