Holbox Gay Travel
Holbox gay travel is exploding in popularity. Here are the best hotels, pristine beaches, trendy nightclubs and top restaurants in this LGBT-friendly town!
The Gay Travel Experience: Holbox, Mexico
I visited Holbox with my amazing boyfriend Michael, and soon after arriving we learned that Holbox is quite popular with gay couples. There were several gay guys in our hotel alone!
Throughout the week, we saw gay couples holding hands in the water, showing some adorable affection. Michael even ran into some old gay friends from New York City.
I have to say…Holbox gay travel is one of my absolute top recommendations. Next to my other favorite world beach destination Koh Lipe, Holbox is at the top of the list. In the sections of this guide, I’ll cover where to stay in Holbox, how to get there, bars, restaurants, safety and more.
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Holbox Hotels & Hostels
When deciding where to stay in Holbox, consider the walking distance from a potential hotel to the town center. The hotels lining Playa de Holbox are quite popular since you can get to town within 10 minutes or so on foot. Some Holbox hotels offer more seclusion, nestled away from the town center.
You may be surprised to learn that the beaches in front of Holbox hotels are not the crystal blue-water beaches you see online! This takes many tourists by surprise. In fact, there actually aren’t any places to stay in front of the pristine Holbox beaches.
Punta Caliza: #1 Holbox Gay-Friendly Hotel
I stayed at a wonderful boutique hotel called Punta Caliza. Punta Caliza is the top gay-friendly Holbox hotel! They have an iconic angularly shaped pool as well as private pools up against the windows of each hotel room! Each has a big door you can swing open into the main area so you never feel secluded.
Best Holbox Hostels
Backpackers looking for Holbox hostels will feel right at home at Hostel Tribu. This is definitely the best place to stay on a budget on Holbox Island. It’s also in a good area, nearby most of the popular bars and nightclubs.
If you’re traveling with partnered friends, Hostel Tribu has an awesome “double bunk bed” room. It’s perfect for two couples to share, or for two travelers who just want a little extra room in their bed.
Holbox Gay Travel: Things to Do in Paradise
Visit Punta Mosquito (Mosquito Beach)
The number one thing to do in Holbox is to visit Punta Mosquito before it’s too late! I recommend Punta Mosquito with such urgency because Michael and I were the only two people on this beach for as far as the eye can see. We were 100% alone, taking in the most beautiful beach vista I have ever seen.
Stroll Playa de Los Flamengo (Flamingo Beach)
Flamingo Beach, or Playa de Los Flamengo, is a short distance away from Playa Holbox. Flamingo Beach water is just as crystal clear as the water at above-mentioned Punta Mosquito. There are simply more tourists here. Flamingo Beach is a must-see on Holbox Island.
Kitesurf in Holbox
Book A Holbox Bioluminescence Tour
I also recommend you specify to the bioluminescence tour company that you prefer not to step through a ton of seaweed.
These tiny creatures, invisible to the naked eye, shed light like fireflies when you agitate the water. I won’t describe it in too much detail, because you’ll see it on your tour.
Holbox Gay Travel: Best Restaurants
The food at Viva Zapata is some of the island’s best. Michael and I went once for lunch and stuffed ourselves with tacos. Another time I went for dinner and tried the shrimp in spinach sauce.
Holbox Bars & Clubs
Luuma Cocktail Bar
Luuma is everything you could ever want from a cocktail bar. They provide an amazing experience and some incredibly flavorful custom drinks.
Once you try their cocktails, you’ll understand why I love this bar so much. Luuma’s bartenders are enthusiastic and are super proud of their work. Check out Luuma’s Facebook Page for more.
The Hot Corner: A Holbox Gay Travel Must
Wondering where the biggest party in Holbox is? It’s at The Hot Corner! The Hot Corner is the most popular bar in Holbox to party outside and start the night off right.
Taberna Salma: The Best Nightclub in Holbox
Without a doubt, the Taberna Salma nightclub has some of the best music and DJ’s I’ve ever heard in a tropical place. The deep bass and piercing red lights create a clubby ambiance like no other. Salma is a traditional restaurant and cocktail bar in the earlier hours and stays open serving drinks until 3AM.
Salma always attracts a crowd that’s ready to dance, especially after The Hot Corner closes just a block away. At 2AM, anyone from the other bars that still want to party head over to Salma. There’s a ton of seating and space to socialize. Salma is free to enter and is closed on Sundays.
The Holbox After-Hours Bar
Still looking to party after 3AM? La Perla Holbox is the gritty afterhours dive bar where late-night partiers flock.
Last on my list of top Holbox bars is Bar Tribu. The bar is part of Hostel Tribu, as mentioned earlier in this guide. Anyone who loves making art, music and meeting like-minded individuals should check out the bar, or consider staying with them.
Holbox Gay Travel Tips
How to Get to Holbox Island from Cancun Airport
A large part of the reason why Holbox isn’t flooded with tourists like Cancun and Playa del Carmen is because it’s not exactly easy to get to! Prepare for a bit of a trek. I promise though, it will be worth it. First, I’ll describe the most common way to get to Holbox. After, I’ll mention the option of booking a private plane!
From the Cancun airport, you will need to take a shuttle van to Chiquilá. The ride is about two hours. From here, you catch a ferry to the Holbox Island port. The ferry ride is about 30 minutes. You can use Bookaway to book a ferry in advance, so you can secure a seat. I found it to be quite peaceful and loved seeing passengers waving from passing ferries.
Private Planes from Cancun to Holbox
Does this all sound too stressful? Holboxeno offers private planes from Cancun airport to Holbox Island. This short 30-minute plane ride costs roughly USD $540 in total. This price is for the whole plane, so it can be split with up to 9 people. You can join a shared plane or book a exclusive ride for you and your significant other.
Is Holbox Gay Travel Safe?
Best time to Visit Holbox, Mexico
Since Holbox never feels too crowded, even at the peak of tourist season, you never need to worry about avoiding crowds as you would in most other tropical Caribbean destinations in winter. The main concern is about avoiding high temperatures and rainfall.
The best time to visit Holbox is from November through early March. Travel is even better during the winter holidays since New Year’s Eve attracts a rowdy crowd. Even during this time, nothing feels crowded at all.
Do Holbox Beaches Have Seaweed?
Holbox beaches in front of the waterfront hotels have seaweed some of the time. Playa Holbox is part of this area. Oceanic fluctuations cause seaweed to wash ashore periodically.