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Beach Bed on Holbox Beach

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Holbox Island Beach Bed

Quintana Roo, Mexico

Not far from the bustling spring-break destination of Cancun is this unspoiled gem, an island just 26 miles long and 1 1/2 miles wide. Its inaccessibility has protected it from the spread of mass tourism, allowing beachgoers to relax in relative isolation. Your only company may, in fact, be the abundant exotic birds in the lagoon that separates Holbox Island from the Yucatan Peninsula — it’s home to flamingos, herons, pelicans and more. The area, part of the Yum Balam nature reserve, is also known for its huge congregation of whale sharks.


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