Playa mosquito: Punta Mosquito, Holbox: 2022 Ultimate Visitor’s Guide

Punta Mosquito, Holbox: 2022 Ultimate Visitor’s Guide

November 18, 2021 October 22, 2022

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An island paradise. White sand, clear seas, blue skies, unrelenting sunshine, and a remote location. Punta Mosquito Holbox is as dreamy as they come. You might expect this in the Maldives or Seychelles, but this isolated sandbank is just a couple of hours from Cancun.

People on the island talk about visiting Mosquito Beach all the time. However, many people never make the journey as they don’t know where to go or are put off by having to walk through the sea to get there. Information is hard to come by, especially since the conservation area was set up a couple of years ago changing where you can and can’t access.

So, if you want to make the journey to paradise, you’ve come to the right place. This comprehensive guide explains all you need to know. From what wildlife you might encounter, how to actually get there and what you need to bring with you.

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Why you HAVE to visit Punta Mosquito Mexico

Punta Mosquito Holbox is paradise in paradise – a long sandbank just off of the island. Although Holbox is well known for its beautiful beaches and calm seas, few people make the trip to Mosquito Beach Holbox. As somehow, it is still off the beaten path! If you want to relax on a white sand beach away from the island, see wildlife and enjoy a unique experience – this is for you!

Only a few years ago, you used to be able to walk all the way to the top of the island. All the way along the sandbars and through tropical island vegetation. But now, the area is a protected conservation area.

However, you can still walk out to the sandbank for a true deserted island experience! If you’re on the lookout for information, make sure you use sources such as blogs and reviews from people who have visited since the protected area was established.


As a conservation area, there’s no shortage of wildlife to see. However, be sure to respect the signs and don’t enter the protected area – for your safety and the animals and ecosystems there.

Flamingos are perhaps the most sought after animal on Isla Holbox. And, they happen to live in Punta Mosquito. I won’t lie to you, there’s no guarantee of seeing them from Mosquito Beach Holbox. But, keep an eye out – including in the skies above you – and you might get lucky!

While you’re looking up, don’t forget to look down. You wouldn’t want to stand on a stingray now, would you? I saw at least 7 when walking along the Holbox sandbars and they are quite hard to spot. Generally, a thin layer of sand covers the stingrays – but they’ll definitely hear/feel you coming first and move.

The signs do warn of crocodiles but you’re unlikely to see these from Punta Mosquito Holbox. Generally, the Holbox crocodiles can be found much closer to the northwest tip of the island. But, you’ll pretty much be guaranteed to see lots of small fish in the water and a variety of birds on the shore and overhead.

The White Sand of Mosquito Beach and the Clear Blue Seas around Punta Mosquito Holbox

The combination of white sand beaches and crystal clear waters is what gives that paradise look. Particularly, under the cover of beautiful blue skies and 30-degree temperatures to boot. Oh, and the fact that it feels so remote given that water surrounds you on at least 3 sides!

Most of the time, the Mosquito Point Holbox sandbar is visible above sea level. The white sand beach is a welcome prize after a long walk along the coast. But, there are times – at high tide or after particularly heavy rain – that the sea completely submerges the sandbank. Nevertheless, you can still enjoy the calm seas and remote location in the water…

Where is Punta Mosquito, Mexico?

The island of Holbox is located just off the northern coast of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The Punta Mosquito nature reserve is located on the northwest part of Holbox. And, the sandbank you can reach on foot is approximately 2.5 km southwest of the northern tip. See the location of Playa Mosquito Holbox on Google Maps here.

How to get to Punta Mosquito, Holbox

Holbox can be easily reached by car or public transport from Merida, Valladolid, Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum. First, travel to Chiquilá and then you can take the ferry across for 220 pesos each way. If you’re coming from Cancun, check out this complete guide to getting to Holbox from Cancun.

Once you’re on the island, follow the steps below to reach Mosquito Beach:

  • First, walk to Hotel Las Nubes de Holbox. I’d recommend sticking to the path as walking on the beach will only slow you down.
  • Here, you need to walk out into the sea until you reach the shallow sandbars. The tide will determine the depth of the water before the sandbank, but I found it to be around hip height (and I’m 5 foot 6). Then, once I was on the Holbox sandbars, they had about calf-level deep water. Unless you’re really short, the water will always be shallow enough to walk through – I had a backpack on and was fine.
  • Once you’re on the sand bar, continue walking north towards Punta Mosquito Holbox. You’ll first reach a sign with flamingos on it that says in 2 km you’ll reach the conservation area and there you can’t pass any further. Unfortunately, many people think this sign means you can’t go further and turn around. But, you have to keep going here!
  • Depending on the tide, the walk on the sandbank will take 45 to 60 minutes. You’ll know you’ve reached it when you see a narrow strip of beach, small boats anchored and ultimately, the Do Not Pass sign pictured below.

Another option is to join a boat tour to Playa Mosquito Holbox. Most will also take you to the northern tip of the island to view the nature reserve from the sea.

What to bring to Mosquito Point Holbox

  • Suncream. Apply before walking in the sea, apply once you get to the sandbank and apply again before heading back to Holbox town! I got so burnt doing this walk – even with two applications of suncream! The water magnifies and reflects the sun making it even more intense than normal for Caribbean Mexico. Don’t forget the backs of your hands – I speak from experience!
  • Water, enough for a 30-minute walk to the hotel, at least 2 hours walking on the shallow sand bars and then another 30-minute walk back to town. In 30 degree heat… In the Caribbean…
  • Camera. This place is too good not to capture! If you have a GoPro or drone, then these would definitely be good too.
  • Swimwear, t-shirt, shorts. You need to walk in clothes you don’t mind getting wet, but that will also protect you from the sun. Sunglasses are another essential, a hat is good if you have one. You don’t really need a towel as you’ll dry quick enough.
  • Water shoes. You need to walk on land and along the Holbox sandbars. Water shoes are a good option as they’ll protect your feet from stones and sea creatures but are also lightweight. Alternatively, strap on Teva-like sandals or walking sandals would be ideal too. You don’t want to be carrying your shoes in your hands as you walk. Flip flops won’t stay on your feet and trainers will be heavy.
  • Drybag. Ideally. If not, a backpack will suffice. Just be careful how low the bottom of your backpack is with the waves and in deeper parts of the sandbanks/walk to the sandbanks.

As Punta Mosquito Mexico is a remote, natural attraction, make sure that you leave nothing behind – including rubbish and belongings.

If you have any questions or want any more information, drop a comment below and I’ll get back to you!

Information is correct as of April 2022 but is subject to change in future.

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Sunrise 11:27
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  • Fri 11/11 »

    Surf report for Fri 11/11
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    8:00 3ft 8s 15mph
    11:00 3ft 9s 15mph
    14:00 3ft 9s 16mph
    17:00 3ft 9s 15mph
    20:00 4ft 8s 16mph
    Tide times
    Low 4:15am (0. 04m)
    High 11:28am (1.12m)
    Low 6:45pm (0.39m)
    High 10:29pm (0.54m)
    First light 06:02
    Sunrise 06:25
    Sunset 17:44
    Dark 18:07
  • Sat 12/11 »

    Surf report for Sat 12/11
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 4ft 8s 14mph
    8:00 3ft 9s 13mph
    11:00 3ft 8s 13mph
    14:00 3ft 8s 11mph
    17:00 3ft 9s 12mph
    20:00 3ft 9s 13mph
    Tide times
    Low 4:56am (0. 07m)
    High 12:14pm (1.08m)
    Low 7:32pm (0.42m)
    High 11:13pm (0.54m)
    First light 06:03
    Sunrise 06:25
    Sunset 17:44
    Dark 18:07
  • Sun 13/11 »

    Surf report for Sun 13/11
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 3ft 8s 12mph
    8:00 3ft 8s 12mph
    11:00 3ft 8s 14mph
    14:00 3ft 7s 12mph
    17:00 3ft 8s 11mph
    20:00 2ft 8s 10mph
    Tide times
    Low 5:41am (0. 12m)
    High 1:00pm (1.05m)
    Low 8:18pm (0.43m)
    First light 06:03
    Sunrise 06:26
    Sunset 17:44
    Dark 18:07
  • Mon 14/11 »

    Surf report for Mon 14/11
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 2ft 8s 12mph
    8:00 2ft 8s 12mph
    11:00 3ft 8s 11mph
    14:00 3ft 8s 11mph
    17:00 2ft 8s 11mph
    20:00 3ft 7s 14mph
    Tide times
    High 12:07am (0. 56m)
    Low 6:29am (0.18m)
    High 1:45pm (1.03m)
    Low 9:01pm (0.43m)
    First light 06:04
    Sunrise 06:26
    Sunset 17:44
    Dark 18:06
  • Tue 15/11 »

    Surf report for Tue 15/11
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 3ft 6s 14mph
    8:00 3ft 6s 15mph
    11:00 3ft 6s 16mph
    14:00 3ft 6s 15mph
    17:00 3ft 7s 15mph
    20:00 3ft 6s 17mph
    Tide times
    High 1:13am (0. 59m)
    Low 7:25am (0.25m)
    High 2:28pm (1.01m)
    Low 9:38pm (0.40m)
    First light 06:04
    Sunrise 06:27
    Sunset 17:43
    Dark 18:06
  • Wed 16/11 »

    Surf report for Wed 16/11
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 3ft 6s 17mph
    8:00 3ft 6s 17mph
    11:00 3ft 6s 18mph
    14:00 3ft 8s 17mph
    17:00 3ft 8s 17mph
    20:00 3ft 7s 18mph
    Tide times
    High 2:25am (0. 65m)
    Low 8:27am (0.31m)
    High 3:08pm (0.98m)
    Low 10:12pm (0.36m)
    First light 06:05
    Sunrise 06:27
    Sunset 17:43
    Dark 18:06
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    Surf report for Thu 17/11
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 4ft 7s 18mph
    8:00 3ft 7s 17mph
    11:00 3ft 7s 17mph
    14:00 3ft 7s 17mph
    17:00 3ft 7s 17mph
    20:00 4ft 6s 19mph
    Tide times
    High 3:36am (0. 73m)
    Low 9:35am (0.37m)
    High 3:47pm (0.95m)
    First light 06:05
    Sunrise 06:28
    Sunset 17:43
    Dark 18:06

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