ISLA HOLBOX, MEX­ICO

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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.

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