ISLA HOLBOX, MEXICO
With unspoiled powdery beaches, frolicking flamingoes, and hardly any cars, this quiet 26-mile-long isle is a crowd-free alternative to honeymoon hot spot Tulum. It’s so laid-back that flip-flops and a sarong constitute “dressing up.”
→ For romance with a side of beach chic, opt for one of the thatched-roof oceanfront suites at Casa Las Tortugas (holbox casalastortugas.com; doubles from $141). Among the amenities: a yoga pavilion right by the pool, a restaurant that utilizes organic produce from the owner’s farm, and a new spa where the treat- ments are inspired by 4,000-year-old Mayan rituals. We recommend the couple’s milk bath with mint leaves in Yucatecan marble tubs. BEACH BITES → Taco Queto (no website; dinner only) may be an unassuming food truck, but we guarantee that the tacos al pastor, chorizo burritos drizzled in cream sauce, and fresh guacamole will be some of the best Mexican food you’ll ever have. WATER WORLD → During the Whale Shark Tour with VIP Holbox Experience (vipholbox .com), you’ll snorkel a reef teeming with octopuses and sea turtles, snack on ceviche made from the catch of the day, and swim alongside gentle 40-foot-long whale sharks. (No need to worry: They’re more whale than shark and eat mostly plankton.) BRING IT BACK → For a wearable piece of the shore, pick up a sea-urchin necklace or starfish earrings cast in gold. Noa Joyeria (noa-holbox .com) carries a standout collection.