Cancun’s Hidden Gem: Holbox Island

Holbox Island is a 26-mile stretch of unspoiled paradise in the Gulf of Mexico. While intrepid travelers know about this hidden gem (including how to pronounce its name: “ol-bosh”), Holbox has yet to become a beacon on the Yucatan tourist trail. But like many “undiscovered” places, this may soon change as word begins to spread about the island’s tranquil palm-lined beaches, azure waters and abundant wildlife.

About Holbox Island

This enchanting isle is part of the Yum Balam Flora and Fauna Protection Area and located roughly 40 miles from Cancun. A shallow, green lagoon separates this small island from the mainland. Every year, thousands of migrating flamingos find sanctuary in this lagoon estuary, which also attracts pelicans and other avian life.

Mass tourism has yet to take hold on Holbox, where fishing is still the main industry and residents are on a first name basis. Like other Caribbean islands, Holbox has gorgeous white sand beaches, brightly painted homes and a laid-back atmosphere. It has a handful of restaurants, bars and hotels but little in the way of infrastructure. In fact, there are very few cars on the island, adding to its rustic appeal.

Walking is the preferred method of transportation on Holbox given its diminutive size (only 4 miles across at its widest point). Golf carts and horses are also available to guests, as are kayak rentals for exploring the mangrove estuaries. To this day, more than half of the island remains untouched by developers, leaving miles of virgin forest, beach and wetland for residents, visitors and native wildlife.

Incredible wildlife watching

Many day trippers are drawn to the diverse range of animal life on Holbox Island. Four types of endangered marine turtles nest on the isle’s protected beaches. The dense jungles are home to pumas and a species of giant otter that are seldom seen elsewhere. There are 150+ bird species on the island, including herons, ibis, white egrets, roseate spoonbills, pelicans, sea swallows and bright pink flamingos. From May through September, giant whale sharks can be seen feeding on the plankton-rich waters that surround Holbox and adjacent islands. Flamingos are easily spotted by kayak, and local pangas (small boats) ferry visitors to the best areas for observing local fauna.

On the western side of the island, the waters are so clear you can see vibrant starfish, sea urchins and tropical fish, and the waves are calm enough for young swimmers.

How to get there from Cancun

If the idea of a mini-escape from tourist crowds sounds appealing, Isla Holbox is sure to please. Visitors come to unwind, get back to nature and revel in one of the Yucatan’s best kept secrets! Getting here is easy from your Cancun vacation rental.

Private charter flights depart daily from the Cancun airport; the scenic trip to Holbox is just 20 minutes!

The relatively new Yucatan motorway has shortened driving times to Holbox from Cancun, Playa del Carmen and other tourist destinations. For those who have rental cars, the approximate travel time from Cancun’s hotel zone is about 2.5 hours one-way.

Additional Resources on Holbox Island:

  1. The Telegraph, Great Escape: Holbox, the idyllic Mexican island
  2., Holbox Island
  3. Lonely Planet, Isla Holbox
Friday, February 9th, 2018
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Best Things to Do at Cancun’s Nichupte Lagoon

Vacation on tropical lake Nichupte lagoon, CancunDiscover the amazing natural treasures of Nichupte Lagoon, which plays a starring role in many of today’s Cancun vacations. Featuring seven different lakes and a winding network of beautiful canals, this impressive lagoon spans over 3,000 acres, and offers the perfect backdrop for a wide array of water sports, mangrove excursions and chances to catch big fish on light tackle. Nichupte Lagoon, one of the most spectacular natural attractions on the Mexican Caribbean, is visited by thousands of travelers each year. Here, you can revel in the stunning landscapes, clear waters and lush estuaries brimming with colorful birds, frogs, turtles, iguanas, caiman, and tree-dwelling mammals.

Looking for some vacation inspiration? Check out some of the best-rated tours and things to do at Nichupte Lagoon.

Jungle Tour – Speed Boat & Snorkeling Combo

The Jungle Tour Adventure promises adrenaline from the moment you step aboard a custom, two-person speed boat that whisks you through a series of mangrove-lined canals. The 45-minute journey takes you through verdant estuaries at full-throttle to the warm waters of the Caribbean’s Punta Nizuc—home to one of the planet’s largest coral reef systems. Plunge overboard and explore one of the richest marine habitats as you snorkel among huge schools of tropical fish. This jungle tour is great fun for the whole family!

Skyrider Parasailing

For many intrepid travelers, parasailing is on their “bucket list” of Cancun adventure tours. One of the best ways to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Nichupte Lagoon and surrounding areas is from hundreds of feet in the air, on a parasailing tour featuring the latest Skyrider seat. Using this revolutionary harness system, you are gently and safely lifted up from the boat’s platform, offering unbridled vistas as you soar into the sky. Don’t miss this thrilling adventure, perfect for kids and adults alike.

Light tackle & fly fishing

Ensure a complete blast on your Cancun holiday by booking a fishing trip on Nichupte Lagoon.  This isn’t your typical deep-sea charter for veteran fishermen. This is fishing for small kids and the non-angler who doesn’t care about landing a sea monster, and would rather have fun catching fat snook, snapper, sea trout and baby tarpon on light tackle (10 pound test line). Some outfits will even teach you how to catch small-sized tarpon (under 30 pounds) on the fly! Besides tarpon, snapper and snook, the Nichupte Lagoon is home to bonefish, barracuda, permit and jack crevalle.

Kayak explorations

Nichupte Lagoon is a veritable paradise for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts. Here, the mangrove forests and briny lagoons provide a safe haven for all manners of flora and fauna, and kayaking is one of the best (and most affordable) ways to experience Mother Nature’s glory. Kayak rentals allow you to explore the lagoon at your own pace, while guided tours offer extra insight into the diverse landscapes and animal life.

Additional Resources on “Nichupte Lagoon Activities”:

  1. Mexican Caribbean, Nichupte Lagoon Cancun
  3. Visit Mexico, Enjoy the magic of the lagoon Nichupté
  4. CancunTarponFishing, Cancun Fly Fishing – Cancun Fly Fishing Species
Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
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Top 5 Cancun Attractions

Aerial view of Isla Mujeres and island very close to Cancun. Caribbean waters.Whether you’re a sun worshipper, thrill-seeker or an outdoor enthusiast, Cancun promises a little slice of tropical paradise off Mexico’s sultry Yucatan Peninsula. Notorious for its rocking nightlife and impossibly beautiful white-sand beaches, Cancun offers amazing diversions and attractions for travelers of all interests. Cancun promises much more than luxury resorts and Spring Break parties, this popular beach destination is full of adventure, culture and history.

If you’re planning a Cancun vacation this year, these 5 attractions are well worth a visit!

Isla Mujeres

Escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Cancun with a relaxing day trip to Isla Mujeres (Island of Women, pictured), which is a breezy 20-minute ferry ride from Cancun’s nearest ports: Gran Puerto, Punta Sam and Puerto Juarez. Framed by swaying coconut palms, this idyllic spot is renowned for its breathtaking beaches, most notably Playa Norte. If you’re not into swimming and snorkeling or just relaxing in a hammock, the island also has an interesting turtle farm and eco-attraction, the Garrafon Natural Reef Park, where you can do zip-line tours, go sea kayaking and swim with playful dolphins.

Chichen Itza

You can’t vacation in Cancun without taking a sightseeing tour to the magnificent Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza – the largest, most impressive and most visited archeological site in all of Mexico. Local tour operators offer day trips to this UNESCO World Heritage Site, where knowledgeable certified guides lead you through this sprawling ceremonial center that boasts massive temples, pyramids and architectural feats.

Dolphinaris Cancun

Billed as the “world’s best dolphinarium,” Dolphinaris Cancun promises a once-in-a-lifetime swimming experience with these highly intelligent marine mammals. This kid-friendly attraction is situated at the southern end of the hotel zone, and features three salt water lagoons surrounded by palm trees and thatched-roof palapas. Choose from a variety of interactive dolphin tours that let you swim, kiss, hug and play with dolphins in naturalistic habitats.

Xoximilco Cancun

If you love Mariachi bands, delicious Mexican cuisine and singing aloud with strangers, you can’t miss an evening at Xoximilco Cancun!  Xoximilco recreates some of the oldest and most celebrated traditions in Mexico, and gives you a chance to tour water canals on a beautifully decorated “trajinera boat” as you listen to lively folk music, sip on tequilas and national beer, and experience the joys of a real Mexican fiesta.

Interactive Aquarium

If you’re looking for a family-friendly activity in Cancun, head to the Interactive Aquarium for some hands-on encounters with colorful marine creatures and a spectacular dolphin show. An enclosed tank has touchable animals including sting rays, conches, starfish, urchins and sea turtles. You can even arrange to swim with the dolphins and safely feed sharks with the guidance of a diving trainer. The aquarium is located in La Isla Shopping Plaza and is recommended for kids, tweens and teens!

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
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Top 5 Spots for a Mexico Beach Vacation With Something More

U.S. News and World Report recently released its list of the eight best beaches in Mexico. The list features sites with beautiful scenery and plenty of nearby restaurants.

As wonderful as a lounging on the beach for days is, most travelers like to venture out and try some other activities as well. To help make the choice in beach vacation destination easier, we have narrowed down the U.S. News and World Report list further to the top five Mexico beaches with unique not-to-be-missed attractions nearby.

Playa del carmen

Take a break from the beach, shopping, and nightlife to check out Rio Secreto – the secret river – located in the heart of Playa del Carmen. The underground tour through a network of caves features thousands of stalactites and stalagmites amid the many other geological wonders. Many of its visitors count the experience as spiritual or life-changing.


Located about an hour away from Playa del Carmen, Tulum is practically a Mayan time capsule. After relaxing on its beach at the foot of 39-foot cliffs, explore the ruins of an ancient Mayan city.

Puerto Vallarta

Meander through a 20-acre collection of native tropical plants at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens. The garden is home to rare species of plants that are on display in only a handful of botanical gardens in the world. If you are visiting Puerto Vallarta at the right time of year, you may even be able to take part in the March beer festival or any one of the local celebrations.

Cabo San Lucas

Visit the nearby Baja Outback for a hands-on look at the local ecosystem. A favorite attraction is the turtle release conservation adventure – guests can adopt a turtle and personally participate in its release. Other activity options include a tour of Cabo highlights that includes a ride on a glass-bottomed boat and time to explore.


About an hour away  from the heart of Cancun, you can taste Mayan culture and environment at the Xcaret ecological theme park. The attraction mixes natural wonders like cenotes leading down to marvelous underground caves with cultural attractions like a Mayan Ball Game. The more than 50 attractions are sure to please the entire family.

If you plan to step off the beach for some local adventure, plan your trip around one or more of these unique destinations.

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
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Great Diving Sites in Mexico

Mexico’s coasts are among the most beautiful waters for diving. The amazing coral reefs and undersea caverns are not just for the pros; even beginners can receive training and certification meeting internationally recognized standards at most diving centers in Mexico.

There are plenty of not-to-be-missed diving sites in Mexico. Read on to learn more about some of our favorites.

Playa del Carmen dive sites

Sistema Dos Ojos is one of the largest underwater cave complexes in the world – there is so much to see that for at least your first visit, you should cons/rivieranayarit/ider diving with a guide.

The cave system is enormous – over 300 miles long – and visitors can enter through 28 sinkhole entrances known in the area as cenotes (derived from a Mayan word meaning “sacred well”). The cenotes are found near Playa del Carmen, all along the Riviera Maya. “Dos Ojos” is Spanish for “two eyes” and the beautiful complex branches off into two separate caverns that in turn split off into elaborate passages. One passage leads to a breathtaking illuminated air-filled chamber while others lead to sights like stalactite and stalagmite formations.

Scuba diving near Cancun

Deep Blue Cozumel, near Cancun, is your window into colorful coral reefs and fish. The sparkling water off the coast of Cancun display the rainbow of marine life, allowing divers to see for 200 feet.

Beginning divers can enjoy the tropical reef life. More experienced divers can venture deeper into a series of caverns, connected in an intricate maze.

Dive Riviera Nayarit

Riviera Nayarit offers several exciting diving locations with an array of marine life experiences. The underwater mountain range of Las Marietas Islands Marine Reserve is exciting for beginners and was also a site explored by Jacque Cousteau. Six miles away, at the El Morro site, divers can take in sights of dolphins, manta rays, lobsters, turtles, and more. The challenging site offers an experience suited for more experienced divers. Also in the area is Los Anegados, another site suitable for more experienced divers. Get up close with nurse sharks in these warm waters.

Whether you are a beginner or a pro diver, there is much to take in under the waters of Mexico.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
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Taking Your Cancun Vacation To The Next Level

Taking Your Cancun Vacation To The Next Level

Cancun is one of the most desirable locations in all of coastal Mexico when it comes to friendliness, fun activities and overall vacation enjoyment. That said there is one popular activity that people from across the country and around the world come to Cancun to enjoy. The Dolphin Discovery of Cancun is a unique experience that provides lasting memories. With beautiful white sand and blue water, Cancun is the ideal location for swimming with dolphins.

Cancun Has A Rich Historical And Cultural Foundation

Swimming with the dolphins in Cancun Mexico is a world-class experience that should not be missed. Cancun has a rich historical and cultural foundation that goes back centuries. Enjoying a vacation in this wonderful part of Mexico is all the better when visitors experience the thrill of swimming with friendly dolphins. From a Dolphin Royal Swim VIP experience to the Dolphin Swim Adventure and the Dolphin Encounter, there are many ways to enjoy dolphins up close and personal while visiting Cancun.

The Opportunity To Ride A Dolphin At Full Speed

Best of all, the Dolphin Discovery experience is not limited to one location in Mexico. Those traveling to Playa Del Carmen and other key destinations within the country can enjoy dolphin encounters and swimming with dolphins. The dolphin swim adventure is particularly popular and affords visitors the opportunity to ride a dolphin at full speed. This is accomplished by actually riding on the Dolphin’s belly while holding the animal’s pectoral fins. Few other experiences can compare when it comes to experiencing dolphins in such close proximity.

Even Kissing A Dolphin Is Possible When Visiting Dolphin Discovery

The Dolphin Encounter is another popular dolphin experience that allows virtually anyone to experience dolphins and learn more about these intriguing animals. Playing and swimming with dolphins is an unforgettable experience that everyone should enjoy at one time or another. Even kissing a dolphin is possible when visiting Dolphin Discovery. The Dolphin Discovery is considered one of the premier dolphin companies in the entire world. The company has earned a reputation for safety, convenience and affordability when it comes to experiencing dolphins up close and personal. Dolphin Discovery goes out of its way to ensure that all dolphin encounters are rewarding and enjoyable. Contact Sea Side Reservations today to learn more about exclusive furnished vacation rental properties in Cancun.

Monday, February 2nd, 2015
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Discover Xcaret Eco Theme Park In Cancun

Discover Xcaret Eco Theme Park In Cancun

Visitors from across the country and around the world have flocked to Cancun over the years because of its friendly locals, ideal weather and wide variety of activities. One place that should not be missed when visiting Cancun is the Xcaret Eco Theme Park. Taking full advantage of this coastal Mexico vacation experience can be as easy as planning to visit the Xcaret Eco Theme Park.

Those That Enjoy A Diverse Vacation

Visitors looking for an unforgettable and truly unique experience that includes a variety of entertainment, outstanding food and unique activities need look no further than Cancun. Visitors will discover unique trails that wind through the Mayan jungle as well as dozens of exhilarating attractions when visiting this popular theme park. From a genuine Mayan ballgame to a traditional Fiesta Charra, the Xcaret Eco Theme Park is an excellent choice for those that enjoy a diverse vacation when visiting beautiful coastal Mexico.

Swim In World-Renowned Underground Rivers

Other unique aspects of the park include a butterfly Pavilion and visits to intriguing jaguar-island. The Caribbean Sea has much to offer when it comes to vacation destinations. Those that enjoy the outdoors can participate in snorkeling tours or even swim in world-renowned underground rivers. Swimming with the dolphins and enjoying celebrations of light are all standard when traveling to Cancun and visiting the Xcaret Eco Theme Park. Considered by many to be one of the best family theme parks in Mexico, the Xcaret Eco Theme Park offers cultural heritage and care for the environment that is beyond compare. Cancun has long been a special vacation destination for those from the United States as well as for those from around the world.

Increasingly Turning To The Beauty And Majesty Of Mexico

The Xcaret Eco Theme Park is just one more example of why the area has become so incredibly popular. From outstanding food to a wide variety of special attractions and daily activities, this is a theme park in Cancun that cannot be missed. As a growing number of travelers look for affordable vacation options they are increasingly turning to the beauty and majesty of Mexico. Cancun only continues to grow in popularity as more and more people discover the genuine value in visiting coastal Mexico and its many attractions and events. Contact Sea Side Reservations today to learn more about Cancun furnished vacation rental homes.

Thursday, January 29th, 2015
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Cancun Mexico And The Fun Of Visiting Wet And Wild

Cancun Mexico And The Fun Of Visiting Wet And Wild

When visiting coastal Mexico, one of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful weather is to consider visiting Wet and Wild. This is a popular vacation attraction for those that are first-time visitors to Cancun as well as those that have visited many times in the past. The attraction features a wide variety of fun activities including everything from a wave pool to incredible slides that provide an exhilarating experience that is second to none.

Floating Slowly Through The Lazy River

The slides at Wet and Wild are fast and loaded with curves making the experience overwhelming and thrilling every time. The wave pool takes the water experience to an entirely new level by creating three-foot tall waves that mimic the ocean. This is a fun and exciting way for families with little kids to play it safe when it comes to swimming while visiting Cancun. The lazy River is another water feature that is well worth experiencing. Floating slowly through the lazy River is a great way to relax and take in the beautiful weather of Cancun.

A Fun Activity That Children Will Not Soon Forget

The lazy river is well over 300m in length and takes relaxation to an entirely new level. Bumper boats are another fun activity when visiting Wet and Wild. Motorized inner tubes make for the perfect activity that children will not soon forget. Another great activity is the Bubble Space Bowl. This is an incredible slide that is nearly 50 feet high and that can result in riders achieving a speed of over 30 mph. For a genuine adrenaline rush, there are a few slides the compare to the Bubble Space Bowl.

Visitors That Expect The Very Best In A Vacation Experience

Finally, the Kamikaze is another popular and fast slide that features steep falls and is an amazing experience from start to finish. Cancun is a fun vacation destination that attracts people from across the country and around the world. Those wishing to swim with the dolphins will find that this activity is also conveniently located near to Wet and Wild. In short, the possibilities are endless when exploring all the Cancun has to offer vacationers and visitors that expect the very best in a travel experience. Contact Sea Side Reservations today for furnished vacation rental homes in Cancun Mexico.

Friday, January 9th, 2015
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Saving Money When Visiting Beautiful Cancun Mexico

Saving Money When Visiting Beautiful Cancun Mexico

Even those on a limited budget can enjoy a spectacular vacation when visiting Cancun Mexico. In fact, by following a few simple and easy tips with regard to saving money while visiting this incredible part of coastal Mexico, travelers can save a substantial amount. For example, choosing to take a bus in Cancun is a great way to save money. Best of all, the buses in Cancun operate around the clock.

Using A Phone Card Is Far Less Expensive

In fact, a typical fare on a bus in Cancun is just one dollar. This is a much better option than renting a car or taking a cab. Many travelers would agree that taking the bus is a smart way to save money while touring beautiful coastal Mexico destinations such as Cancun. Another great way to save money when visiting Cancun is to buy a phone card that is sold by many local stores and money exchange booths throughout the area. Travelers will find that using a phone card is far less expensive than using other types of telephone service.

Ask Politely For Currency That Is Not Damaged

Another strategy for saving money while visiting Cancun is to never accept any type of local currency that is torn or ripped. Mexico is known for having strict policies with regard to defaced currency. If a merchant hands you a ripped or torn piece of currency when making change it is best to ask politely for currency that is not damaged. In short, accepting currency that is ripped or torn ultimately results in losing money. This is because this type of currency cannot be used to make purchases or even tip workers.

Packing Lightly And Simply Learning To Relax

Equally effective at saving money is choosing carefully with regard to where one will dine while on vacation in Cancun. Surprisingly, there are many very affordable restaurants throughout Cancun that make available genuine and authentic Mexican cuisine. A typical meal can cost under $10 and can be quite impressive for those that enjoy quality Mexican fare. All these simple tips combined with packing lightly and simply learning to relax can make a trip to Cancun Mexico a complete success. Contact Sea Side Reservations today to learn more about Cancun Mexico furnished vacation rental properties, condos and villas.

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014
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Discover The Cancun International Film Festival

Discover The Cancun International Film Festival

Film enthusiasts from across the country and around the world gravitate to Cancun to explore the amazing films presented during the Cancun International Film Festival. Taking center stage for five days, Cancun’s International Film Festival occurs in November and provides a showcase for a wide variety of intriguing independent international films. Cancun has recently experienced an increase in popularity in terms of being a key location in the Mexican film festival circuit.

The CIFF Offers A Wide Range Of Interesting Activities

The Cancun International Film Festival is known for presenting impressive feature length films over and exciting five-day period. These feature-length films are presented in both a noncompetitive and competitive venue. Considered by many to be a filmmaker’s film festival, the Cancun International Film Festival or the CIFF offers a wide range of interesting activities. This includes everything from award celebrations to celebrity parties and the debut of a wide range of high quality films from across the world.

Cancun Has Gained A Reputation For Being A Key Film Festival Destination

Other unique aspects of the Cancun International Film Festival include a wide array of workshops and panels with film industry professionals and insiders. Even more impressive is the fact that Cancun has grown in popularity in recent years with regard to a wide range of television productions. With so much to offer when it comes to television and film, it is clear to see why Cancun has gained a reputation for being a key film festival destination. Best of all, those attending the Cancun International Film Festival can enjoy a wide range of other unique aspects of Cancun Mexico.

Cancun Only Continues To Attract A Larger Crowd Each And Every Year

This includes everything from some of the finest Mexican restaurants found anywhere in Mexico as well as outstanding shopping and a lively and vibrant nightlife. Cancun is easy to access by air with many nonstop flights originating from various locations in the United States. Having evolved over the decades to be one of the premier resort destinations in Mexico, Cancun only continues to attract a larger crowd each and every year. From spring break travelers to families and corporate travelers as well as wedding parties, Cancun is a Mexico vacation destination beyond compare. Contact Sea Side Reservations today to learn more about impressive furnished vacation rental properties in Cancun Mexico.

Sunday, December 21st, 2014
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