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Holbox ("black hole" in Maya) is a relatively isolated sleepy island located northwest of Cancun. Legend says it was discovered by pirates, some of which married local girls, and that descendents of the original seven families still live there. From Cancun it’s about a two hour drive to the small coastal town of Chiquilá and then a 20 minute ferry ride to the island, and it’s well worth the trip. Many of Holboxs’ inhabitants make their living by fishing. The island is only about 22 miles long and there are very few cars. Most people use bicycles, mopeds, golf carts and of course their own two feet to travel the white sand streets. There are a few ATM machines but they aren’t very reliable, so bring some pesos with you. Holbox provides the ideal quiet, relaxed, lazy island experience.