Officials on the idyllic island of Holbox have announced a new solution to the destination’s flooding issues.
The trendy island has struggled to cope with high precipitation due to its limited infrastructure, causing concern among travelers and residents.
This week, authorities revealed that a new tanker truck would be deployed to the popular destination in an effort to prevent Holbox’s streets from flooding during the ongoing high season.
Despite its soaring arrival figures, Holbox continues to face a number of issues due to its remoteness and undeveloped infrastructure, which limits the number of visitors the island can safely accommodate.
@tomhartrey And this was all from ONE (1) rainstorm on the day I arrived. 🇲🇽 The beach and restaurants on Isla Holbox were incredible, and the sun was out for most of my visit. ☀️ But DARN that water just wasn’t going anywhere. • #instavsreality #honestreview #mexico #islaholbox #flood #rainyseason #minivlog ♬ Push Up (Original Mix) – Creeds
With thousands of daily visitors expected to visit Holbox this winter, here’s a look at what experts are doing to solve flooding in this paradisiacal destination.
New Infrastructure Investments To Help Holbox To Cope With Growing Flooding Issues
Holbox is a stunning tropical island off the northern coast of the Mexican Caribbean state of Quintana Roo.
Known for having some of the most pristine white-sand beaches in the region, the island is a hotspot for nature lovers and backpackers.
@onekyndworld Holbox had a lot more character than expected. 11/10 would still recommend #travelfail #travelreality #expectationvreality #mexicotravel #holboxmexico #holboxisland #traveltok ♬ original sound
Having been voted as the Best Island Destination in Northern America on several occasions, Holbox is one of the trendiest island destinations in the Mexican Caribbean this year.
But the island’s skyrocketing popularity has come at a cost; home to just several thousand residents, the tiny destination has struggled to deal with record visitor numbers.
From wastewater management to electrical supply issues, Holbox is struggling to accommodate thousands of daily visitors.
@lucieonmars Lets go to the beach: Isla Holbox Edition ☀️ #holbox #travel ♬ Good Vibes (Instrumental) – Ellen Once Again
One of the most pressing issues currently facing the otherwise picturesque destination is flooding. Holbox largely lacks paved roads and most of the island is covered entirely by sand.
Heavy precipitation in recent weeks has thus led to scenes of mud-covered streets, with hotels, homes, and businesses heavily affected by the island’s poor infrastructure.
Images of flooded streets have caused some travelers to cancel bookings and tours on the popular island, with city officials struggling to find a solution to the growing issue.
@marywestravelss Still worth going! #mexico #huricane #holbox #traveling #holboxmexico #caribeeanlife #island #flooding ♬ Barbie World (with Aqua) [From Barbie The Album] [Extended] – Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice & Aqua
But that’s soon set to change with the deployment of a new tanker truck dedicated exclusively to preventing flooding in Holbox.
Although workers have already installed a number of pumps to remove water from streets, existing efforts have proven ineffective in battling large quantities of rainfall.
Authorities have said that the new tanker truck could be deployed before New Year’s, although no definitive timeline has been given for the proposed solution.
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Holbox has seen its popularity grow wildly over the past several years.
Once considered an off-the-beaten-path destination, the island has acquired a reputation as one of the best tropical destinations in the Mexican Caribbean.
The idyllic location is home to dozens of small boutique hotels offering sweeping ocean vistas and quaint rooms.
But during the hectic high season, Holbox officials struggle to manage elevated travel numbers, with reports of blackouts, dirty streets, and overcrowded transportation affecting the island’s popularity.
@yeseniacelestino1 My favorite place on earth, Holbox Island Recomendations: 1- Arrive with an adventure mentality 🙊 2-A pair of cheap Sandles 🩴—Holbox only has SANDY STREETS, as result the Island floods during rainy season (you end up taking them off). 3- Mosquito Repellant 4-There is Live music everywhere- echate un bailongo en las calles de arena. 5 – Best places to eat, Xina’s 5 Star Rating: -La Tostaderia ask for Taco de pulpo -Roots 🍕- 🦞 Lobster Pizza is my favorite -Basico – 🥃 Raíces made with Mezcal, orange juice, lime and beat 🤤 -Carioca’s – Happy hour 🍻 + Sunset 😎 -Mayan Massage – 110mn 💆♀️ for $900 pesos -Whale Shark🦈 – Swim with them, you won’t regret it. The list goes on but I need to 🛑 lol #holbox #airbnb ♬ Chorando Se F0i, Lambada – DJ David MM
This winter, Holbox hotels are gearing up for another record-breaking season. Despite concerns over the quality of the island’s infrastructure, authorities are committed to ensuring a pleasant experience for tens of thousands of weekly visitors.
Travelers wishing to visit Holbox can do so by taking a bus to the port town of Chiquita, from where they can purchase a ferry ticket to the paradisical island. Cancun travelers can also visit Holbox through a number of tour operators.
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