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An Insider Guide To Isla Holbox With Sandra Perez Lozano

Ser Casasandra Founder, Sandra Perez Lozano shares her insider guide to Isla Holbox.

Visual artist and hotelier, Sandra Perez Lozano calls Ser Casasandra – her art-filled hotel plotted off the Yucután Peninsula in Isla Holbox – home. Here, she shows us around the paradisiacal isle, a patch composed of cyan shallows and burly palm trees, taking us on a whistlestop tour of the car-free island.


Essential items to pack?

Swimsuit, beach cover-up, a hat, and a good book.

The best time to visit Isla Holbox is…

May to September, as it is the period for the whale shark swimming.

Our first pitstop should be…

The beach – a quick dip in the water, is a perfect way to start a holiday.

 

Your favourite hotel to check-in at is…

Ser Casasandra.

For an early morning workout head to…

The beach – enjoy a relaxing yoga or meditation just a stone’s throw away from the Caribbean Sea. Morning walks along the beach to Punta Mosquito is another great option.

Where should we go for breakfast?

In Maiz Pool Bar, where Baroque music is played in the mornings.

How about for a long, lazy lunch?

Mojito’s Beach Club, it is nestled on Ser Casasandra’s beachfront. Explore local Cuban cuisine and gourmand cocktails with your feet in the sand.

And for dinner with friends?

Ser Esencia Restaurant is lovely for dinners – its cosy ambience and diversity of flavours offered by the native Mayan land will make it a memorable meal.

The drink to order at the bar…

A mojito.

The best place for people watching…

The beach at sunset.

The culture spot to rave about…

Cenote Yalahau – three islands and underwater cave systems of the Yucatan Peninsula.

The best place to treat yourself is… 

Ahal Holistic Center is perfect for the mind and body.  

For great shopping head to…

Duplas Store, Le Bazaar Boutique, and Avenida Damero.

One place only locals know about…

The deserted part of the island.

For a change of pace try…

Kayaking during sunset.

A book to read before we go (or while we’re there)?

Popol Vuh, an ancient text held sacred and revered as the “Mayan Bible” or Volver al Amor by Marianne Williamson.

What’s your Isla Holbox secret?

People can still walk around barefoot.

In a word, Isla Holbox is…

Authentic.

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