I’d live here with the noisy racoons as thy neighbour every-day of the week

Why Holbox?

10 unique photo spots for travelling Holbox. Whilst I found Holbox was still finding its feet in terms of what it is. By that I mean Valladolid has it’s small town colonial vibe, Tulum has it’s edgy hipster scene, Holbox has it’s… island? I couldn’t tell you but it’s still developing. Anyway, whilst I couldn’t put my finger on what Holbox is, it’s still a fascinating piece of nature. I haven’t experienced any-where else that you can walk 2-3 miles through shallow sea to secluded beach coves of flamingos. Or walk 20 mins from a town centre and find your own piece of white-sand-blue-sea paradise.

Myself and @themoonontheotherside spent two weeks on Holbox. Within a total time of 5 months in Mexico. Sadly it doesn’t quite have the infrastructure for a digi-nomad life but it’s getting there. Accommodation was easy: Tribu Hostel. Recommended by fellow travellers and we could sharp see why. Roof top yoga, bar and live acoustic music scenes meant the balance was spot-on between relaxing and socialising without the heavy hangovers.

We spent the last few days in a little quiet AirBnB at the north end of town close to the airstrip. It’s much quieter this side and as far away from the hotel scene and tourists as you can get. Our only neighbours were the cheeky racoons with these 10 unique photo spots for travelling Holbox on our door step.

1. Punta Coco

10 unique photo spots for travelling Holbox

This little spot had me like a dog to a bone. It’s very quiet with a long coastline to find your own chunk of paradise undisturbed. Coconuts n all!

How to get thereHead to the top-end of the island, the north. Look for Punto Coco signs. You can walk there in about 20 mins from the town centre or grab yourself a little bike to meander up on. In the rainy season expect deep puddles. Keep going straight until you reach the sea.
Best time to goAnytime, although towards the evening the mosquitos come out in force and will take you down. If it’s rained heavy the night before don’t go the next day it’ll be like a swamp.
CostFreebie
How to capture the photoPut your back to the sun. No tricks here, simples.

2. The sun set at Punta Coco bar

Got my lean on.
Got my lean on.

Same same is what I expected before relaxing here with a Pina Colada. It was far from it. One of the most fire lit skies I’ve witnessed.

How to get thereHead to the top-end of the island, the north. Look for Punto Coco signs. You can walk there in about 20mins from the town centre or grab yourself a little bike to meander up on. In the rainy season expect deep puddles. Keep going straight until you reach the sea.
Best time to goGet there an hour or two before sunset and grab some happy hour cocktails at the wooden shack bar. Bring mossie spray.
Cost£5 a cocktail or free
How to capture the photoThey take down the hammocks towards evening so get yourself out into the sea and hanging from the posts. Or leaning. Failing that grab a kayak…
10 unique photo spots for travelling Holbox

Reminds me of eating a Calippo on my way home from school.

3. Grab a coffee at Posada Mawimbi

10 unique photo spots for travelling Holbox

You know those paradise postcards? Well here you can sit in that postcard. Featuring @themoonontheotherside

How to get thereHead south out of town down the main street that leads all the way to the bottom of the island and the many hotels. After 5 mins, on your left you’ll see the hotel entrance. Walk through and grab a coffee at the beach cafe and enjoy the postcard. They also have awesome HUGE chairs, see number 10 below.
Best time to goLate afternoon when the sun isn’t reflecting strongly on the sea water.
CostCoffees are about £1.50
How to capture the photoI always like to capture the scene first in these types of environments. I set the focus onto the sea with a fast shutter speed. Then @themoonontheotherside sat herself on the bench and I placed the focus onto her. I then comp’d the two images together for a full focus shot.

4. The main pier

The basket did it for me
The basket did it for me

A bike for a one day was enough for me, I mean there’s not all that many roads to take before you hit the sea. Venturing down to the south of the island along their version of a beach front malecon was bliss. A cheeky Michelada at the end kept the legs going.

How to get thereThis is the central pier on the main beach front of the town. Behind the colourful HOLBOX sign. Walk your way along to the end with bike in hand.
Best time to goEvening when the sun is low
CostFreebie
How to capture the photoHave a play. There’s various angles you can snag either on the end of the pier like below or a cheeky seated lean above.
Pink thrills
Pink thrills

5. The hammocks at Punta Coco bar

10 unique photo spots for travelling Holbox

Hammocking a great time!
(It’s the best I got)

It wouldn’t be travelling without the hammock shot. Fact.

How to get thereHead to the top-end of the island, the north. Look for Punto Coco signs. You can walk there in about 20mins from the town centre or grab yourself a little bike to meander up on. In the rainy season expect deep puddles. Keep going straight until you reach the sea.
Best time to goTowards the evening when the sun is low. the mosquitos come out in force and will take you down though. If it’s rained heavy the night before don’t go the next day it’ll be like a swamp.
CostFreebie
How to capture the photoI’m not a side on shot guy, too symmetrical. I really enjoyed using the hammocks edges as leading line angles.

6. The seats at Coco Punta bar

Now this is where you sit with a Pina! As you can probably tell I was a big fan of this quiet end of the island.

How to get thereHead to the top-end of the island, the north. Look for Punto Coco signs. You can walk there in about 20mins from the town centre or grab yourself a little bike to meander up on. In the rainy season expect deep puddles. Keep going straight until you reach the sea.
Best time to goGet there an hour or two before sunset and grab some happy hour cocktails at the wooden shack bar. Bring mossie spray.
Cost£5 a cocktail
How to capture the photoFind a chair and place it under the dream-catcher so the persons hand is on the same plane/level as the dreamcatcher when raised as the peace sign. This will keep focus on both. The beauty of this shot – as the light goes down you can create different moods.

7. The very point at the very end of the island

All she needs is a little fishing pole
All she needs is a little fishing pole

Annnd we’re back at the top north end of the island again but right at the top, I mean as far to the top as you can go. Top of the top. This was remote and gorgeous. It’s also the place you can walk through the shallows and cross to the other island to see the flamingos in season. Different to the south island shallow walk which is about 3 miles. Still very beautiful too.

How to get thereHead to the top-end of the island, the north. Look for Punto Coco signs. You can walk there in about 20mins from the town centre or grab yourself a little bike to meander up on. In the rainy season expect deep puddles. Keep going straight until you reach the sea and then turn left and walk all the way along the beach front passed the bar and all the mangroves till you reach the very tip of the island.
Best time to goAfternoon about 4pm when the sun isn’t blinding from the sea
CostFreebie
How to capture the photoPlay. Captured some pretty cool yoga poses on this.

8. The swings

10 unique photo spots for travelling Holbox

Something along the line of ‘swinging into paradise’ (shrugging shoulders emoji)

Apparently you also haven’t been away unless you’ve captured a swing shot whilst looking over the shoulder.

How to get thereHead out onto the main beach from the centre of town and turn left. You can’t miss them, not far from the main pier.
Best time to goI shot this at midday and it’s overexposed. I think an early morning low sun shot would be glowing
CostFreebie
How to capture the photoHigh shutter speed and you’re good to go

9. Colibri cafe

10 unique photo spots for travelling Holbox

Coffee with two heaped table spoons of colour

I’m going to say it – This place does the best coffee.

How to get thereOn the corner of the main town square, just look for the brightest building there is.
Best time to goAvoid breakfast and lunch. Go in-between for peace.
CostCheapest coffee I found on the island about £1. The owner is a barrister and the roast is awesome.
How to capture the photoIt’s a mine field of colour and angles, experiment.

10. Posada Mawimbi jungle chairs

Working hard?
Working hard?

Snap this bad boy while you snap number 3. Great coffee here too and some pretty delicious salads.

How to get thereHead south out of town down the main street that leads all the way to the bottom of the island and the many hotels. After 5 mins, on your left you’ll see the hotel entrance. Walk through and grab a coffee at the beach cafe and enjoy the seats meant for giants, I am small though.
Best time to goIdeally when it’s cloudy so the glare from the sun doesn’t come through the trees. It maintains a nice quiet pace this little beach hotel morning or arvo
Cost£3 a coffee, £9 a salad
How to capture the photoShoot from shade into shade if its sunny.


Know any more?

I found this place an gem for photography. Colour, nature and vibrance are my top mix. I enjoyed many a TRX session on the beach front early morning with the cool breeze before the tourists awakened. Put a lot of the functional fitness workouts I did up here on the TRX YouTube channel if you’re after working up a sweat on the isle. And specific TRX workout plans here.

Have you been to Holbox? What would your 10 unique photo spots for travelling Holbox be? Let me know in the comments


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