We were done ear­ly after our bird­ing tour in Rio Lagar­tos, and so we head­ed for our sec­ond relax­ing day on the beach on Isla Hol­box. It is a quick fer­ry ride from Chiquila to the island, and then we walked down the sand streets to the beach and found a hotel. This was our sec­ond small splurge night. We stayed a very nice (by our stan­dards) hotel and relaxed, read, and swam for the after­noon. The town is full of Ital­ian restau­rants, but we passed those up for street tacos for din­ner. The island is nice and although we were get­ting back to the more touristy and pop­u­lar places, it didn’t feel too busy. It was the tail end of high sea­son for Isla Hol­box because of the whale sharks that are around there dur­ing the sum­mer. Again, we skipped all the tours in favor of our own explor­ing.

So, the next morn­ing we got up ear­ly­ish and had a nice bird­watch­ing walk. This island is in anoth­er bios­phere reserve and is also known as a bird­ing hotspot. Lots of inter­est­ing birds as long as you have plen­ty of mos­qui­to repel­lant.

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An ori­ole of some sort, maybe a female hood­ed ori­ole

Roy­al tern

Osprey

Trop­i­cal mock­ing­bird

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Great egret

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Yucatan wood­peck­er

Yel­low-faced grassquit

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