We spent a long time researching a trip to Mexico and Isla Holbox. Isla Holbox is unlike other places we have visited, as it is an island you can only get to by ferry, and there are no cars. We were excited at the chance to visit somewhere away from busier parts of Mexico, and enjoy the beautiful beaches and nature.
We wanted to explore Isla Holbox as much as possible, so we made the trip down to Punta Coco. We had heard that there was good bioluminescence and snorkeling here, and decided to check it out during the day.
Since there are so paved roads here, you have to walk, bike, or take a golf cart. I will say that it was hot and also quite buggy when we were there in June/July, so be prepared for that. Also, every time it rains, the roads become muddy and messy, so take that into consideration.
We walked most of the way on Calle Cherna, working our way around the water.
There were some houses, restaurants, and other interesting things along the way.
Punta Coco is easy enough to find, since it is simply at the end of Isla Holbox. There were signs as we arrived as well.
There were a few people there and some vendors as well, so of course we had to get some cocos frios!
Notice the pasta straw on the fresh coconut!
It was an overcast day, and I am sure if it was sunny, it would have been a lot busier here.
The snorkeling was nice here, although the water was a little bit silty. We saw some fish, starfish, lots of puffer fish, and a stingray.
The southern part of Punta Coco has signs for a protected flamingo area.
As we walked further down the beach (to the south), there were signs for Orion. It looked like there was a beach club here, although the buildings were shuttered when we went.
The northern end of Punta Coco has signs for protected bird nesting areas.
We never made it back to Punta Coco at night for bioluminescence, as we were very busy during the day. I will say that with the condition of the roads, I don’t think we would have walked there at night, even with our headlamps. The roads were so muddy and filled with puddles. The taxi fare there for a family of four would not have been cheap either. We are planning to go back to Isla Holbox, since we really liked it there, and will plan a trip at night to see the bioluminescence on a tour.
What to bring to Punta Coco:
~ bug spray
~ reef safe sunscreen
~ snorkel gear
~ money (food, drinks, possibly taxi fare)
~ beach towel
~ camera / underwater camera
Check out our other Mexico posts here: https://www.anationofmoms.com/travel/mexico
~ Tips for Visiting Isla Holbox
~ We stayed at Ensueno Holbox Hotel
About the Author: Marysa
Busy blogger and mom of two girls! We love traveling and the great outdoors, and are always looking for our next adventure!
Oh my. What a nice place to be. It looks so serene there. Although there were challenges getting to the place, it was still all worth it.
Wow, sounds like a very interesting trip! Loving all the pictures and how interesting the pasta straw in the pineapple
What a beautiful place. This was worth the walking for sure.
What beautiful beaches. So much nature to find there. Beautiful
What a beautiful place to be. I would love to go to Mexico. I have wanted to go there for some time now.
That looks like an interesting trip. I have never been out of the country but sometimes I think I may do it. This is especially true when I see beautiful photos like these, thanks for the inspiration.
I love that it is so rugged. I haven’t seen a puffer fish in the wild, so that would have been amazing!
So perfect place love the nature and it looks so many things to do very adventurous place
Such a beautiful place here. I miss the beach. I haven’t been to one for a long time
Wow! That was such a really amazing and wonderful looking beach! I really miss the beach.
This looks like such a fun day trip to go on if you’re in Mexico. I would absolutely love to go here myself with some friends.
The colder it gets up here the more I’m dreaming of warm beaches! Looks like a wonderful trip!
This looks like such a great place to be! I loved the pictures.
An island without cars is a dream. I would like to spend some time there!
Oh, I would love to have fresh coconut juice again. The last time I had it was when we vacationed in my home country. And you got to love the past straw.
What a beautiful and sunny looking place! I would love to vacation there.
oh wow!!! Take me there now!!! I would love to spend a couple of weeks in this gorgeous resort, that would be amazing.
wow this looks like such a lovely place to visit with so much sun, a great place for a vacation
I went to Mexico in 2008 while on a cruise. It was very pretty and I’d love to go back one day. I’m not sure they Punta Coco would be the right destination for me since I have mobility issues. Thank you for sharing your adventure.
The water is so inviting and I would love the idea or snorkeling. What an amazing get away! It looks like my kind of place. The serenity and calm just has me captivated.
It looks like a fun place to visit and explore! I would love a beach vacation.
It’s nice to visit places that are off the beaten path. I don’t always want to be around the touristy spots.
I want to drink out of a fresh coconut! Sounds refreshing…and eco friendly with the pasta straw.
WOW! What a beautiful place to visit! Adding to the list!
Wow! That looks like a really perfect and wonderful looking place! I wish I could go there someday!
What an amazing adventure! I would love to visit there…the starfish was cool too!
this looks so beautiful.. we have yet to travel to mexico – long overdue for us and this sounds so wonderful