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      Buying a house in Isla Mujeres

      Isla Mujeres Mar 9, 2015 at 6:41 AM

      Has anyone bought a house in Isla Mujeres? Can I get some advise from you?
      I already found a house I just don't know how to go about buying it and who to trust.
      Thanks, Gaby

    • car rental

      Cancún Mar 15, 2015 at 9:10 PM

      Any suggestions on car rental in Cancun? I've heard good things and horror stories about different agencies with some people saying an agency is good and another saying the same agency is a terrible rip-off. What experiences have you had?

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      Things to do in Cancun with a Toddler

      Cancún Mar 10, 2015 at 1:49 PM

      I saw a previous posting about "excursions with a baby" but I am hoping Cancun experts will be able to weigh in on some activities we are considering with our toddler. We are going to Cancun for 5 days (before heading to Tulum for a wedding). Some things we have thought about doing with our son who will be 20 months are:

      - Isla Mujeres Day Trip, Underwater Museum and Tortugranja
      - Garrafon Natural Reef Park
      - Xcaret
      - Hummer Jungle Tour
      - Marine Turtle Observation
      - Aktun Chen, Akumal
      - Wet n Wild
      - Cancun Interactive Museum
      - Crococun Zoo

      I am wondering if any of these are "tourist traps" worth avoiding, and if something is a must. We plan to do one activity a day as our child is very active and likes to be outdoors doing something.

      Thanks for any insight.


    • Private Excursions vs. Group Excursions to the Mayan Ruins

      Cancún Mar 6, 2015 at 7:57 AM

      Hi, I am going to Cancun soon and I was wondering what kind of tour company to use and looking for some suggestions of trustworthy tours to the Mayan Ruins (Tulum, Coba or Chichen Itza). I see that there are small private minibus tours for what looks to be a similar price as the big group bus tours. I would prefer that way because of the flexibility. My husband and I have been to Cancun 2 times before but our kids haven't and we want them to have a more authentic experience. I speak fluent Spanish if that helps. BTW, I don't want to deal with renting a car.

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      Good hotel

      Cancún Mar 17, 2015 at 8:48 AM

      We are planning our first trip to Cancun (with a 4 day hop over to Havana) in November.
      We are in our mid 60s so don't want/need late night night club's, however we do like a drink and some entertainment within walking of our hotel.
      Would be grateful for advice/recommendation's on a decent hotel/s that might fit the above.
      Not concerned if all inclusive or not.

    • Going to different hotels

      Cancún Mar 10, 2015 at 10:55 AM

      Can you visit other people in other hotels

    • Dengue Fever

      Puerto Morelos Mar 7, 2015 at 1:50 PM


      My wife an I are supposed to go to Puerto Morelos on Monday, but on Friday our doctor advised against it due to a dengue fever epidemic there. Is this true? Would you cancel your trip? She is 20 weeks pregnant and this was supposed to be a holiday and finally our honeymoon before the baby arrives. Others have said there is no risk. What do you think?

    • Late crossing to Holbox

      by tomtom1986 Online Now Feb 14, 2015 at 10:17 AM

      Hi there - could anyone let me know if it will be possible to make a late crossing to Holbox.
      Our flight arrives into Cancun at 19:00, so we expect to arrive into Chiquila at about 23:00, I've read on a few forums that you can pay a local fisherman to take you across. Is this safe and how readily available will they be? We are travelling mid November. I know people will say stay the night in Cancun and make the trip the next day, but we are very keen just to get to the island as our time there will be short and we don't want to waste another day travelling.

      any help would be appreciated.


      1 Answer Feb 14, 2015 at 10:53 AM
    • is Holbox safe for tourists

      by babygail Online Now Aug 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      how safe are tourists getting to Holbox from cancun airport
      since this is relatively new tourist area do tourists often get sick from food etc
      is sept to late to swim with whale sharks

      1 Answer Aug 23, 2014 at 5:29 AM
    • transfer CUN to Holbox taxi service

      by chaman6 Online Now Aug 13, 2014 at 4:14 AM

      Im travelling with my family and mother that has a leg problem so I have to take a transport service from the airport to Holbox. I was ther 2 years ago and The locals from Chiquila charge you 1500 pesos, very good service but I lost the phone number from back then. can not afford a 200usd or more one way transport from the other transport services, any contact from a local that does it for less? many thx!

      2 Answers Nov 22, 2014 at 3:02 PM
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      Crossing on the ferry with a 35 feel long motor home

      by GinetteM Online Now Mar 21, 2014 at 5:27 PM

      Can someone tell me if we can cross the motor home on the ferry.
      We have already spend 5 month in our motor home in Mexico a few years ageo my question is about taking the ferry to get to Holbox..

      1 Answer Mar 21, 2014 at 10:21 PM
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      motor home

      by GinetteM Online Now Mar 20, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      Can i get there with my motor home 35 feet?

      3 Answers Mar 21, 2014 at 5:26 PM
    • Travel to Holbox

      by Marc_lippy Online Now Oct 23, 2013 at 9:41 PM

      Looking for any possible travel direct from Mujeres to Holbox ( ie water taxi private boat) We are Going 2nd week Nov 2013

    • Boat going directly from Isla Mujeres to Isla Holbox?

      by Anne2013 Online Now Aug 17, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      Is there a boat that goes directly from Isla Mujeres to Isla Holbox? Is it possilble to charter or hire local fisherman to take you and doe anyone know how much the trip will cost?

      2 Answers Aug 18, 2013 at 3:52 AM
    • safety question

      by Lolalou Online Now Jul 28, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      I am traveling to Holbox next week. I am concerned regarding safety (I am traveling with 4 children) and Dengue which I keep reading about. Any real cause for concern?

      1 Answer Aug 4, 2013 at 7:37 PM
    • transportation

      by jtoffeequeen Online Now Mar 26, 2013 at 6:42 PM

      Is there a boat that goes between Isla Mujeres or mainland (Cancun side) to Isla Holbox? Possilble boat charter or hire local fisherman to take you?

      1 Answer Mar 27, 2013 at 4:13 AM
    • Looking for name of local band

      by rantanplan Online Now Apr 19, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      when I went to Holbox last year we came across a local band playing at one of the restaurants. They consisted of 4 older gentlemen and one woman and they sounded a bit like Buena Vista Social Club. Any idea what they are called and if there is a way to get in touch with them?

      Thanks everyone!

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      Holbox in mid January Hurricanes and Mosquitoes???

      by wpfpenn Online Now Dec 3, 2011 at 1:15 AM

      hi there

      i am really wanting to visit Holbox as it sounds and looks amazing BUT my wife has a problem with mosquitoes

      we live in Ibiza in spain and experience them here but is it unbearable in Holbox in January ?

      Are they a problem after dark ? or is mainly sunset ?

      Also are we late enough to be clear of Hurricane season ?

      Or is it all worth it for the holiday and the location and peace we will have there???

      many thanks for your help

      4 Answers Dec 3, 2011 at 1:37 PM
    • Getting there

      by georgehill Online Now Oct 25, 2010 at 3:55 PM

      Does anyone have the name of a car service that will take me from Cancun to the ferry to Isla Holbox?

      3 Answers Nov 18, 2010 at 7:55 AM
    • Details about Isla Holbox

      by jrustici Online Now Feb 17, 2010 at 9:16 AM

      Hi everyone and thanks in advanced for your help. I have a few questions concerning my upcoming Honeymoon to Holbox.
      1) We are planning on doing a Whale Shark Snorkle, all the companies I see are out of Cancun, is there a company straight from Holbox? If so what is the name and do we need to arrange a boat before we get there (end of June)?
      2) I understand its in the gulf and probably doesnt have reefs, but is the a dive shop on the island? My fiance and I are Marine Biologists and can be easily entertained diving on sand flats or seagrass beds :)
      3) When is sea turtle nesting or hatching season? Are there certain beaches you can go to in an attempt to see them?

      Does anyone have any other advice for us? We like to travel without the nuisance of Tourists (ironic right?) and we do like to be with the locals and get off the beaten path, which is all why we chose this wonderful Island.

      With the foot of snow we have on the ground and more to come June can not be here soon enough!

      1 Answer Feb 18, 2010 at 11:30 AM
    • Hearing a lot about biting insects at Holbox

      by beardenboy Online Now Dec 29, 2009 at 8:29 AM

      Traveling with my wife and daughter (1 year) to Casa de las Tortugas in mid-January and we're getting a bit nervous reading so many posts about trips being cut short due to the biting insects, etc. We're used to bugs and traveling 'off the grid', but we're nervous about our daughter. Does anyone have any recent information or reports from Isla Holbox? We'd rather not spend our vacation swatting insects or (worse yet) rubbing DEET all over our daughter, but we just don't know what think. Some say it was the best time, etc. and others say it was a nightmare. Is the truth someplace in between?

      2 Answers Dec 31, 2009 at 3:48 PM
    • When is a good time?

      by Elisatravel Online Now Feb 11, 2009 at 10:45 PM

      When is a good time to come to Isla Holbox? I know the flamingos are there begining April and the whale sharks in the summer. Mostly I am interested in taking a group there to visit the dolphins.

      But I react badly to mosquito and tabano bites. At what time of year are there the least biting insects?

      3 Answers Feb 12, 2009 at 2:56 PM
    • Isla Holbox to Playa del Carmen

      by oc200 Online Now May 20, 2008 at 11:17 AM

      Hi, I'm new to the board.
      The misses and I will be staying for 7 days in Holbox and moving on the Playa del Carmen for 6 more. What is the best way to get to Playa? I'm assuming I need to get to Chiquila by ferry first and catch a bus somehow?
      What are my options?

      Thanks ni advance.

      6 Answers Jun 26, 2008 at 7:16 AM
    • Bus schedule to Merida

      by Mike4284m Online Now Mar 30, 2008 at 5:49 AM

      I'm having some trouble finding scheduled times that buses leave Chiquila. Does anyone know how often they run from Chiquila to Merida? Is there someplace that has the schedule listed? Thanks!

      3 Answers Jun 26, 2008 at 7:25 AM
    • Questions about Holbox

      by lissa21 Online Now Mar 26, 2008 at 7:37 PM

      My husband and I are thinking of visiting late June/early July and his only concern is the water. He wants crystal clear blue water like in the Caribbean. Everything else about the island seems perfect and exactly what we are looking for. Can anyone comment on the clarity and "blueness" of the water? We are thinking of staying at Villas Paraiso del Mar. How is the food? My husband is a picky eater. And, is the suite worth the100 more than the junior suite?

      Thanks in advance!

      3 Answers Jun 26, 2008 at 7:28 AM
    • Diving or snorkling with whale shark ?

      by bsillard Online Now Mar 21, 2008 at 11:16 AM

      I would like to be on Holbox in august and to dive with whale shark . I have PADI certification. Is it possible or snorkling is just possible?

      4 Answers Jul 24, 2008 at 7:58 PM
    • bus from Merida to Chiquilá

      by madstar123 Online Now Feb 18, 2008 at 6:00 PM


      3 Answers Jun 26, 2008 at 7:34 AM
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      by Road_runner Online Now Jan 6, 2008 at 9:48 AM

      We arrive in Canun 7;30 pm, would it still be possible to make it to Holbox that evening ? If so, what would be the best way ?

      3 Answers Feb 5, 2008 at 5:42 PM
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      ferry to isla holbox

      by photozrus Online Now Dec 16, 2007 at 7:12 AM

      Is there a ferry, boat or water taxi from Isla Mujeres to Isla Holbox?

      2 Answers Jan 29, 2008 at 4:04 PM
    • Best things to do in Holbox

      by maggiesam Online Now Oct 17, 2007 at 9:03 PM

      We are going to Holbox for one week at the end of November. Anyone have suggestions of the best things to do or see? Would appreciate any tips. Thanks.

      3 Answers Oct 23, 2007 at 4:28 PM
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      Whale Sharks

      by LuisGuimaraes Online Now Jun 26, 2007 at 7:01 PM


      In Cancun, theyre selling tours for one day to Isla Holbox, for 200 USD, including snorkelling with whale sharks, transportation there and meals.

      Do you think this is a good deal, or would it be cheaper to get a bus and a boat to Holbox, spend a night there, book a snorkelling tour and come backto cancun..?!?


      4 Answers Jun 26, 2008 at 8:56 AM
    • Tip to travel from Cancun Airport to Holbox Isla

      by petiteifairie Online Now Feb 8, 2007 at 7:30 AM

      I need tips/help about getting to Holbox from the Cancun Airport. I know I can take a bus to Chiquila from downtown Cancun bus terminal but I can't find any information about getting from the airport to there. Also is it better to take the taxi to to Chiquila.

      Thank you in advance for any info you may have.

      4 Answers Mar 8, 2007 at 9:20 AM
    • Local Advice for Isla

      by Fran_Kitch Online Now Feb 3, 2007 at 2:38 PM

      Hi. I am actually a frequent visiter of Isla Mujeres and I am so disappointed in what is has become. I found info about Holbox and it seems to be what IM used to be. I was hoping to hear from some locals, if they post here. I am putting together a plan to visit. I am not into the big resorts. A nice small hotel without all the "extras" will do fine. I also noticed the larger hotels seem to have the restaurants. What about local restaurants that aren't run by foreigners?

      Thank you for any info!

      5 Answers Mar 22, 2008 at 5:51 AM
    • Mosquitoes and Hurricane damage

      by pterminal Online Now Jan 29, 2007 at 11:58 AM

      My girlfriend and I will be traveling to Isla Holbox in mid-July of '07 and have two concerns:

      1. Has the island recovered from damage sustained by Hurricane Wilma?

      2. Are the mosquitoes unbearable? From what I read, they come out in droves at night. They don't bother me but my girlfriend is constantly attacked and I don't want her vacation ruined by them.

      It would be most appreciated if anyone could provide any information regarding either of these.


      1 Answer Feb 21, 2007 at 12:34 PM
    • September & October In Holbox

      by Bifter Online Now Aug 3, 2006 at 7:21 AM

      Hi All,

      Me and my girlfriend are visiting Holbox for the first time arriving on September 19th and staying for 2 weeks. We have booked 1 week at Villas Delfines and have booked nothing else. Has anyone else been at this time of year?? Any advice on hotels, trips.... or with any stories that'll make us smile. my email is


      Richard & Emily

      3 Answers Aug 8, 2006 at 1:45 AM
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      Best time to travel?

      by lolacat Online Now Apr 19, 2006 at 9:28 AM

      Hi! :-)
      I have been researching a lot about Isla Holbox and will be going with my boyfriend soon. I'm wondering when the best time of year to go is? We were thinking in November or December...any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
      Stacy :-)

      2 Answers Apr 23, 2006 at 1:25 PM
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      Where to Stay??????

      by Tanyaslc Online Now Jan 19, 2006 at 11:52 AM

      My husband and I are planning a trip to Isla Holbox in January 2007. Where is the nicest place to stay? Villa Delfines, Villas Paraiso Del Mar, Xaloc, Casa Sandra?? I've seen some bad reviews for Faro Viejo. Any information would be appreciated. Also - how long/bad is the drive from Cancun? How about fishing - how much does it run?

      5 Answers Jan 26, 2007 at 10:37 PM