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Biking Around Holbox

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Having seen people cycling past our sun-loungers and keen to explore further round the island, we decided to hire bikes for the morning of our penultimate day. We fuelled up on banana pancakes and pineapple on the terrace at Casa Sandra and wandered into town to hire some bikes.

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This is what hiring anything should be like in my mind… Zero paper work, a quick look at the clock to say what time you should bring them back and we were off! No map, no gears and no brakes… This was cycling island-style.

While Holbox as a whole is 43km in total, much of it is broken up by strips of water from what we could see on a painted map next to bike shop, so you’d need to go on more of an organised tour to get to the further reaches of the island. The island is famed for flamingos and whale sharks but it wasn’t the season for either when we were there sadly. So we just decided to follow the coast, cycle as far as we could get and see what we found.

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We headed away for the town and found Holbox’s famous sandbanks. We parked our bikes and sneaked through a hotel to get out onto those wide expanses of white sand with only dozens of birds for company…. Call me a wimp but I got kind of spooked walking through the almost swampy pools of water to get to the sand banks – all I could think of was crocodiles and weaver fish, both of which I’m sure are highly irrational. Still, we made it across and I promptly turned into a seven year old and started running at the birds feeling like Rachel McAdams in the Notebook but alas, looking more like Phoebe from Friends.

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We got as far as we could before the roads started to turn into sand dunes and you really needed a buddy to get much further. Our rental was up so we cruised back to the rental shop to drop them off…

If we’d been there for longer, we would have rented for the whole trip but with only one day left, we were happy to spend the rest of the day on the beach at Casa Sandra. We headed to another favourite spot for lunch, Casa Tortugas. A short stroll down the beach from our hotel, we loved this little bohemian place for lunch and dinner… It has an amazing rooftop bar and sushi restaurant open on Monday’s too that’s definitely worth a visit for an evening drink.

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Once we’d loaded up on vitamin D and I’d finished my book and subsequently slumped into a small depression afterwards, it was time to wander into town and grab a drink before showering off the day….

The book, if you’re interested, was A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. Not for the faint hearted, it tackles abuse, depression, grief and suicide but is one of the most powerful books I’ve read in a long time. Harrowing, moving and amazingly written, I actually missed some of characters after I finished it….

A wander around Holbox’s streets and shops before gin and tonics as the sun set was just what I needed.

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Does anyone else remember that Kate Moss Topshop poppy dress we were all obsessed with? This Realisation Par dress reminds of that in a really, really good way… This is exactly the kind of thing I want to wear on holiday. Just like the star dress I’ve got, it’s basically the biggest flirt, constantly threatening to flash every bit of you but never quite succeeding. Such a tease.

After drinks on the beach, we headed back to Casa Sandra that looked beautiful all lit up at dusk… We’d had the best time on this beautiful island and were so sad to leave the following day. Apparently this place has plans for some big hotels and resorts to start building work in the next year so if you get the chance to head to Mexico soon, don’t miss spending a few days in this paradise. It really is something special.

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Striped swimsuit | Zara (similar here and here)
Denim shorts | Levis
Metal sunglasses | Rayban
Sandals | Palmaira
Bag | Workshop Living (similar here)
Embroidered blouse | Isabel Marant Etoile
Lace-up leather sandals | Old Asos (found some great ones here)
Black bikini bottoms | Eres
Cat eye sunglasses | Prism

Ph. by myself and James Wright using the Olympus Pen EPL-7 and the Olympus OM-D

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