Down Mexico Way

Take an intimate tour of one of Mexico's best kept secrets.

Laid-back Luxury

John Coletti

Laid-back Luxury

Less than 100 miles from Cancun, Isla Holbox is a million miles away in attitude. Here, there are no discos or tour buses. People spend languid days fishing, swimming, and sunning. "The beauty of this island is the ocean, the peacefulness, the way you can be yourself without any doubts or regrets," says Joseph Arreola.
 
 

Undiscovered Treasure

John Coletti

Undiscovered Treasure

"Cancun used to be like this," says Joseph Arreola. "Before it was discovered, it was a tiny town with four hotels. Now it's so commercial. Here you don't see high rises, you don't see automobiles, you don't see pavement."
 
 

Seafood Splendor

John Coletti

Seafood Splendor

La Cueva del Pirata's laid-back ambience belies its decadent Northern Italian menu. The owner's favorite pasta dish, Elio Sergio, is loaded with lobster, shrimp, avocado, and zucchini.
 
 

Tropical Bliss

John Coletti

Tropical Bliss

The hotel Villas Paraiso del Mar blends elements of Caribbean and traditional Holboxian architecture. Lushly planted with tropical vegetation, its grounds feature a restaurant bar and a pool with a waterfall. The tidy rooms are air-conditioned, a prized commodity on this island.
 
 

Cocktail Confessions

John Coletti

Cocktail Confessions

A sailboat sign points the way to a local pub. Oceanside bars serve up shots of tequila and some stellar guitar. "The sun goes down and people come out," says sightseer Steven Kempf. "By midnight the whole town is ready to fiesta."
 
 

Treat Yourself

John Coletti

Treat Yourself

Vendors at an open-air bakery sell kilos of fresh tortillas each day.
 
 

Surfs Up

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Surfs Up

Children entertain themselves on beaches ringing the 25-mile-long island.

Just Peachy

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Just Peachy

Locals sell juicy sun-ripened fruit―one of the island's simplest pleasures.
 
 
 
 
 

Beach Bungalows

John Coletti

Beach Bungalows

Lodging on Isla Holbox varies from eco-friendly palapas to more traditional hotels.
 
 

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