Isla Holbox Style Guide – What to Pack & Wear

Packing for a beach vacation in the near future? Here’s a tropical travel style guide and list of what to pack for Isla Holbox.

Isla Holbox is a very laid-back island destination about three hours from Cancun via car and ferry. The roads are unpaved, the weather is warm, and shoes are often optional. In fact, I didn’t pack any heels for this trip, just a few pairs of slides and my fave colorful sneakers. If you’re planning a visit (which you totally should be) and wondering what to pack for an Isla Holbox vacation, let this look book and packing list be your guide! Here’s everything I wore on the island and a few tips on how to pack for Isla Holbox.

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What to Wear on Isla Holbox

Jazzmine lounged on beach chair in Isla Holbox
Jazzmine posed on terrace at Villas HM Palapas del Mar with welcome cocktail in hand

Resort poolside: Bathing Suit | Earrings | Pearl Sunglasses | Crochet Skirt

Jazzmine standing in sand at Holbox Beach wearing blue bikini

Isla Holbox Beach: Bikini | Kimono | Shades | Straw Bag

Jazzmine in private pool holding glass of green juice

Private pool lounging: Palm Bikini | Galvanized Aviators

Jazzmine posed on terrace of Isla Holbox resort room wearing leopard bikini and orange kimono

Rooftop pool: Bikini is sold out – similar here, here, and here

Jazzmine standing in water on deserted beach wearing rainbow bikini

Punta Mosquito Excursion: Bikini | Boater Hat | Sunglasses

Jazzmine walking alongside bike underneath half arc of pink flowers

Biking to the beach: Bikini | Cover-up Pants | Boater Hat | Black Aviators

Jazzmine holding small wooden handbag surrounded by palm trees

Resort dinner: Tie Top | Wide-Leg Pants | Sandals | Similar Bag | Shades | Hoops

Jazzmine holding yellow paleta in front of Isla Holbox restaurant

Lunch in town: Mini Dress | Cat-Eye Shades | Earrings | Sandals | Similar Handbag

Jazzmine holding straw beach bag on  deck of Isla Holbox resort pool

Souvenir shopping: Similar Short Set | Visor | Earrings | Slides | Beach Bag

Jazzmine sitting in white egg chair on hotel balcony

Happy hour: Similar Co-ord Set | Earrings

Jazzmine petting horse

Stable visit: Cutoffs | Retro Shades | Studs

Jazzmine standing in stairwell holding bottle of sparkling water and small wooden handbag

Casual lunch: Bodysuit | Shorts | Mirrored Aviators | Hoops

Jazzmine on bike wearing colorful pink and blue workout set

Island bike riding: Sports Bra | Bike Shorts | Aviators | Sneakers

Jazzmine standing on beach holding fresh coconut and straw

Private beach: One-Piece | Sunglasses | Gold Hoops

What to Pack for Isla Holbox Vacation

I prefer to travel carry-on only and packed every outfit here as well as all my travel essentials into my roller bag and a beach bag, which served as my personal item. Here’s my Isla Holbox packing list:

  • Beach Bag
  • Cash (Many restaurants and establishments are cash-only and some only take pesos. USD are widely accepted, however the exchange rates can vary. Withdraw pesos from your home bank or at the Cancun airport or from the ATM in town for the smoothest experience.)
  • Comfortable Sandals (Shoes are optional in some places and the whole island is walkable. There are no hills or trails for hiking so sneakers aren’t a necessity unless you wish to workout at your hotel’s fitness center or ride a bike.)
  • Facial Sunscreen (Use code DASHOFJAZZ for 15% off!)
  • Small Handbag for essentials while in town
  • Summery Outfits (short sets, mini and maxi dresses, light tops) + a Wrap or light jacket for days with high winds
  • Sun Hat because there’s little shade to be found on Holbox. (Here’s my go-to for maximum sun protection and I love this one for style.)
  • Sunglasses + Floating Retainer Straps so your shades don’t get lost at sea.
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimwear and Cover Ups
  • Travel-Size Toiletries
  • Waterproof Phone Bag

*I forgot to pack bug repellant but highly recommend you do so. Mosquitoes tore me up during the second half of my trip! Hoping this guide helps you with what to pack for Isla Holbox and be sure to pin this post on Pinterest so you have it for later. Thanks for reading!

Pieces Packed but not Pictured

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