No Matter Where You Go There You Are
Day 2 and our only full day on Holbox. This was one of the laziest days of my life and also one of the best. First a little bit about Holbox. Isla Holbox (pronounced “hole bosh” meaning “black hole” in Maya) is an island north of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, in Quintana Roo State. It's part of the Yum Balam Nature Reserve and separated from the mainland by the Yalahau Lagoon, which is home to flamingos and pelicans. The car-free island, between the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, is rich in marine life such as sea turtles and whale sharks. Highlights include laid-back Holbox Village and Punta Coco Beach. Lisa and I actually like Holbox a lot more than Isla Mujeres. We also like it more than the islands of Abergris Caye and Caye Caulker in Belize, although if you get a chance to snorkel Hol Chan Reserve off of both of these islands do it. It is truly amazing. Holbox reminds me a lot of Buzios in Brazil back in the late 80s. Holbox became famous for its whale sharks which are in the area from June until mid September.
After sleeping in, we had breakfast at a little place on the square called Limoncita. The breakfast was very good and they had good coffee. One thing about Mexican breakfast (desayuno) they almost always give you either a plate or a bowl of fruit with your order. It is a nice extra. After our meal we changed into our swim suits and headed down the beach. We took a really nice stroll giving us ample time to take pictures. I practiced flying my pocket drone but it was a little too windy to get any good video. We walked back to a beach bar (The Palapa Bar) for a couple of cervezas. So, when you travel a lot you are bound to run into some interesting characters. We had (for no better description) a gypsy come by and tell us her life story for about an hour, maybe more. It was interesting for a while, then after 2 beers each I suggested that we get some lunch. This gave us a way out and we went back into town and had some guacamole and margaritas at a little corner bar. We then walked in the other direction to another beach bar (Cariocas) and spent the rest of the day there. It was so relaxing. Holbox has this vibe where you just want to walk barefoot everywhere and leave your cares behind. It it very therapeutic. I think Lisa stated it perfectly. "Walking thru the shops on the sandy, dusty small streets and the beach, you soon forget to wear your flip flops. The laid back-ness of this little sleepy island village unknowingly permeates your soul quickly, you are like a bohemian with no cares in the world and a backpack on your back. Mindfulness comes easy, unlike any meditation book that I have ever read. All the while the thoughts of going back to Austin to sell all my earthly belongings and returning with only a backpack keep racing thru my ADD mind. Look a squirrel!"
Considering that Holbox was not on our itinerary and that we decided last minute yesterday to come here, boy did we make the right decision.
We got ready for dinner (changed out of our swimwear) and decided on a place called Viva Zapata. The town was buzzing with activity and we were glad that we got to the restaurant when we did, as it got really crowded. This restaurant cooks everything over charcoal and we were seated right across from the grill. It was amazing watching the 2 cooks prepare everything. Their lobsters and crab claws were huge. Lisa had grilled vegetables and I had pasta with 10 big garlic shrimp. Both meals were delicious. The next time that we go back I have to try the fish and vegetables cooked in banana leaves that I saw them make. It looked and smelled fantastic. We finished our meal and walked down the street to Viva Mexico for a night cap of a couple of margs. They were setting up a band but we decided to head home to our beach hotel. We grabbed a bottle of wine and went back. We didn't have wifi in the room, only around the open air reception area, so we got a couple of plastic chairs and hung out on the sand drinking wine in front of the hotel and chilled until we went to bed.
Day 2 a smashing success. (We will be back this summer for the Whale Sharks, maybe in August for the Perseid meteor shower).
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