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Isla Holbox

Fashion Me Now | Isla Holbox Travel Diary 2016-40

Two hours and a million miles from Cancun sits Isla Holbox, a place that’s long been on my bucket list thanks to people raving about its authentic, laidback vibe and insane jade-coloured waters.

I thought it would be a real trek to get too but it was pretty painless (a three hour cab from Tulum followed by a quick 20 minute ferry that is zero hassle) and was well worth the journey….

We were staying at Casa Sandra, another little Mr and Mrs Smith gem. Set on the perfect patch of white sand walking distance from the main hub of Holbox, it was the perfect place to call home on the island for three days. So different from the others places we stayed on the trip in that its design is much more eclectic and shabby-chic. The rooms were immaculate but a little less modern than what you’ll find at some places in and around Tulum which all adds to the charm and feel of the island. Likewise don’t expect to find Hartwood-like restaurants on Holbox… Right now, its blissfully undeveloped and with that, food choices are slightly more basic but the atmosphere and setting everywhere makes everything memorable and delicious no matter what.

Unlike Tulum, lots of Holbox hotels have pools but I’m a beach person through and through and Casa sandra’s little patch of sand is beyond dreamy… Strewn with shady day beds and loungers, complete with a corrugated iron bar, it was the ideal base to stare out at that perfectly still, turquoise sea as far as the eye could see. Shrimp tacos in the shade and naps in the hammock, it’s pretty much the vision you have in your head of a real castaway getaway.

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We fell in love with Holbox itself as soon as we stepped off the ferry and into our golf buggy taxi. The island is car free so apart from the occasional construction truck, all you’ll see on the sandy tracks is bikes and golf buggies… The main town where the ferry arrives is a riot of colour and murals, with no shop, shack or house free from a piece of the rainbow. Colourful flags criss-cross the streets, while dream catchers, shells, brightly coloured signs and bougainvillea are everywhere you look. The night we got there there was a small concert taking place on the main square with a fun fair pitching up on the bright pink basket ball court. This is a barefoot, sleepy island with real character and charm… You’ll find both locals and tourists sipping Sol’s at sunset on the beach, ex-pats and hippies walking down the beach with their dogs and kids running in and out of the sea and onto their bikes. If you’ve ever imagined escaping the rat race, getting off the grid and running a tiny hotel somewhere for the rest of your days, this place fits the bill perfectly…

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After a wander around the town and far, far too many photos of those colourful streets, the next day called for a day on the beach…

Full disclosure: we took these pictures before breakfast so I could eat a stack of pancakes and maple syrup and bloat to my heart’s content. The reality of bikini shots right there!

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Bikini Top | Monday
Bikini bottoms | Eres
Necklaces | Lucy Williams X Missoma
Sunglasses | Rayban

Each evening, we quickly got into a little routine of heading straight from the beach for drinks at sunset on the beach (we tended to gravitate towards Posada Mawimbi as it had the best view and made a mean margarita. Unlike Tulum, because of its position, Isla Holbox gets incredible sunsets and no one seems to leave the beach until they’ve watched the sky slowly set alight.

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Tasselled skirt | Dodo Bar Or at Beach Cafe 
White off-shoulder top | Zara
Lace-up Sandals | Old Asos (similar here)
Straw clutch | Merci Paris
Gold jewellery | Lucy Williams X Missoma
Bikini Top | Monday Swimwear
Bikini bottoms | Eres
Necklaces | Lucy Williams X Missoma 
Sunglasses | Rayban
White dress | Reformation 
Tan sandals | Palmaira
Black espadrille slides | Ugg 
Basket | WorkShop Living (similar here)
Denim Shorts | Customised Levis
Leather braided sandals | Ancient Greek 

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

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