Off the northern Yucatán coast is Isla Holbox, a protected island of mangrove and idyllic beaches famous for excellent wildlife viewing (whale sharks are present from June to September), and is a good choice to escape the crowds.
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Beach hotel - Isla HolboxAn elegant beach-front hotel with wonderful views over the crystal clear water. Designed by the Cuban artist Sandra Peréz, the hotel offers a stylish blend of contemporary and colonial design with elegant furniture and colourful fabrics and artwork. Romantic sun loungers line the gardens facing the ocean while the pool is at the back of the hotel, hidden from the public eye. There is an excellent restaurant.
Beach hotel - Isla HolboxSmall, beachfront hotel run by a friendly Mallorcan couple. Excellent seafood restaurant, pool and sitting area.