Published On: Thu, Jan 5th, 2017

Isla Holbox among “Journey Mexico’s” top 5 tourist destinations

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Mexico is much more than its all-inclusive resort reputation, as many towns and bustling metropolises are home to myriad cultural institutions showcasing the best of Mexican culture, arts, and culinary delights.

Zachary Rabinor, CEO of Journey Mexico, sees an uptick in custom itinerary requests for access to these communities, as travelers seek to get out of resorts and into the heartland of Mexico where its culture shines the brightest.

“Mexico offers world class opportunities for culture, wildlife, active travel, and more,” said Rabinor. “Ranking seventh in the world for UNESCO World Heritage Sites—we have 34—and with the U.S. dollar at an all-time high relative to the Mexican peso, the time to get off the beaten path in Mexico is now.”

Here, Journey Mexico’s tips for exploring five of the country’s most revered cities and towns.

Isla Holbox

Located where the Caribbean Sea meets the Gulf of Mexico and only a drive and ferry ride from Cancun, Isla Holbox couldn’t differ more from its raucous neighbor. This small island is only 26-miles long and less than two miles wide, offering a relaxed demeanor and a hammock-strewn coastline home to natural beauty unspoiled by tourism.

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Isla Holbox (Photo: excursionesenlarivieramaya.com)

The preferred mode of transportation is biking or walking, and it’s perfectly acceptable to leave your shoes at home, as the roads and walkways are entirely made of sand.

Part of the island belongs to the Yum Balam ecological reserve, an area rich in shallow lagoons, a refuge which attracts a flourishing population of flamingos and white pelicans. The island’s protected waters provide shelter for whale sharks, the largest fish in the world, and you can swim side-by-side the fish while snorkeling.

During a visit, stay at Casa Sandra Boutique Hotel or Las Nubes, both quiet locales to enjoy the island’s seclusion. For relaxed island fare, enjoy an extended morning at Casa Sandra for the boutique’s breakfast of fresh fruit, banana bread, and hibiscus-lemon tea.

For lunch, opt for ceviche at Las Panchas, and visit Lobster Pizza for dinner, an Isla Holbox tradition.

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Source: http://www.travelandleisure.com/

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