We are still tired from traveling a full day yesterday but wanted to give back to this great forum. We spent the last week in Holbox--at the last minute I decided to leave the laptop home and have a really unconnected week. What a wonderful place! We rented the beach cabana Los Cocos and it was perfect, just big enough for two people and all the essentials for the perfect beach house. We tried to learn some survival Spanish but it was really not enough to do grocery shopping and very local take out--but everyone was super friendly and helpful, especially since I have a food allergy to fish.
We had a super day of whale sharks--lots of them to swim with a true bucket list experience, we went with Mawimbi and enjoyed it.
Some things that surprised me:
How developed the beach is until you get out of town heading for the channel.
How friendly and helpful everyone was given our very very poor Spanish...that being said we do travel a bit and this was the most no English spoken place we have visited. I will say though we did shop local and once we had a pizza and were surprised that our server spoke English (maybe our Spanish was just too painful to bear)
How beautiful the island is on the outer parts.
How many wonderful birds there are--I'm a real fan of the frigate birds and flamingos.
How reasonable it was to eat local--of course we had a kitchen and could get provisions and eat in.
Things that worry me:
That it will lose its quiet charm. I see a post just on here about kiteboarding, and how could they ever ban it. The ONLY bad thing that we experienced was the very loud noise from the club on Friday and Saturday (and only until 1AM on Sunday) night. We were staying next to La Palapas and the noise from some club around the block was non stop until between 4-5 am. This is a residential area and while we sadly closed our windows and turned the ac on I am sure many residents can't. I am also sure that this club would never be allowed in the hotel zone because customers would complain. I don't mind clubs--but have a reasonable last call--or a reasonable time to turn the volume down. That is unless you want Holbox to become Playa North.
For us one week was a little short, we easily could have spent more time here. And as far as being unplugged...we never even noticed!!