Take an intimate tour of one of Mexico's best kept secrets.
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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.
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"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."
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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.
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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.
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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."
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Vendors at an open-air bakery sell kilos of fresh tortillas each
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Children entertain themselves on beaches ringing the 25-mile-long island.
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Locals sell juicy sun-ripened fruit―one of the island's simplest pleasures.
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Lodging on Isla Holbox varies from eco-friendly palapas to more